Question

Last night, for the first time, I've practiced zazen at home. I succeeded in relaxing and I felt rather calm. After a while, I went to bed and I had the worst nightmare in my whole life. I dreamt I was lost in a very white and beautiful place that I didn't know. Despite of the beauty of the place, I felt in danger. People I could not really see  were chasing me and a policeman helped me. But it come out that he wanted to kidnap me. The interesting point in this nightmare is the feeling of fear, anguish and desperation. . . 

 

Here is my question: is this nightmare linked to my practice of zazen? Is it bad to meditate without a Master's guidance?

 

Maily

 

Answer from Master Kosen

Don't worry, you only released part of your subconscious, and your fear of meditation expressed itself in your dream. But zazen practice is not dangerous if the posture is right. It is thus better to learn the basics (posture, breathing and attitude of mind), before practicing alone.

 

Kosen


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