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In his reply to Shenxiu, the sixth patriarch says that there is nowhere where the dust can alight. Where does this dust come from?
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"The 8 satori of the Great man."

I've read the comments of Master Dogen on "the 8 satori of the Great man". I can establish a correspondence with the eightfold path, except for "CHISOKU", the SATISFACTION OF WHAT IS. Which relationship is there with the right action?Should it be understood that ONE has simply the fruit of the last actions?Is CHISOKU the recognition of the karma...



shikantaza and koan zen

Hello,I understand there are 2 main medidation methods, shikantaza and koan zen. So which one do you prefer and emphasize ?I also believe to completely understand the practice of shikantaza both while sitting and while doing other activities (just do what you do), but i am not sure abut how to praxtice with koans. But what bugs me is that i read...

The answer is in the question

It's wonderful,    I ask a question, full of hope and of childish expectations, like a child who expects others to show him some affection, to show him he exists, to love him, in a way. It's the child who asks the question.   Then, this question "goes" in virtual space. Then, enters the grown up: as a ...

I wants use the koan MU

My name is Peter Hinz and I live in a town called Perstorp.I am a 35 year old man from Sweden, who wants to use thekoan MU but don't know how togo about it. I have practiced zazen for about 2 years, concentrating on my breathing.Please help me.
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Is the Christian God incompatible with Zen?

In your writings, you keep on speaking about God, and even, of Jesus Christ. That can appear, a priori, surprising coming from a Zen Master, considering that in Buddhism, it is almost never spoken about God. Therefore, is the idea of God, in any case of the Christian God, incompatible with Zen?
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Is there a risk for our legs when we sit in the lotus posture?

Bonjour, Je prends la posture du lotus, et après une demi-heure quand je décroise les jambes, j'ai l'impression qu'elles n'étaient plus irriguées par le sang. Est-ce qu'il y a un risque à ce niveau, si on garde la posture trop longtemps des tissus ne sont plus irrigués et meurent. Pendant la posture je n'ai pas vraiment très mal, mais au ...

Total void or total awareness?

I'm a beginner in meditation, and it's not so bad for the moment! But some disciples talk about "total void". Instead, when I practice meditation, I'm rather totally aware, of thoughts that come and go, and to which I am not attached, which is not the same, I do not try to attain void voluntarily. Besides, many people criticise the common ...

kin hin

I practice in an AZI-compatible dojo for the time being, in a sharing spirit. The last time I practiced there, they indirectly made me notice that the posture of my hands, when I was walking back to my zafu at the end of kin hin, was not appropriate: I should have kept the kin hin's mudra, simply flipping down my hands by 90°. Though, I ...


Shiho

I would like to know why Master Kosen received the Shiho from the lineage of Master Niwa Zenji rather than from the lineage of Master Kodo Sawaki or Narita Shuyu Roshi ?
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Zen and Islam

I have the pleasure to write this message to you, because I would like to be informed about the comparison between zen and the islam. I have wished so much to practice zen, but I have never found a master to learn from
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Sex and drugs and rock and roll

 Sex: should I realize this power I have discovered inside of me in both its light and its dark sides?Drugs: I cannot stop but I cannot control myself. Should I keep up this way? Rock and Roll: I'm a guitarist without any creativity, though I crave for it. Will it ever come? I gave everything to learn and I still do not enjoy real ...


Situations... fake awakenings and weak egos

I've been thinking since a long time ago that it would be beneficial to attend a spiritual retreat with you in France. I've also considered being ordained. I've been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for a long while, but I don't know why, I feel empathy for Zen masters. I've been struck by Kodo Sawaki (as if his photographs gave me strength), by ...

The posture causes my legs to go numb!

The posture of ZAZEN (at least the one I take) causes my legs to go numb, which I eventually don’t feel any more. In vain I try to have WILL or COURAGE or STUPIDITY, as you wish, I end up unfolding this cursed leg... Some advice? (If possible other than “continue”)Denis
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Close disciple of Kodo Sawaki.

Kojun Kishigami Roshi, close disciple of Kodo Sawaki, in conference today in Paris, said that Deshimaru had grafted a simple branch in a tree while bringing Zen to France, but he hadn't sown seeds being able to spread his transmission, to develop deep roots (I was a little surprised since there were disciples of Deshimaru in the front row)... he...


Vibrations (sequel)

Thanks for having taken the time to answer my previous question. I talked about vibrations, and you answered by a link about hyper-reality and people who are absolutely convinced that it is true, whereas it is only an image projected on a screen. Illusion of the senses, then. . . Vibrations would thus be an illusion, not to be taken into ...


How could Master Deshimaru bring back a kesa from Japan as there is no kesa? Is everything not proceeding from KU?

Good morning Master Kosen, Reading along the questions-answers, I get a question: How could Master Deshimaru bring back a kesa from Japan as there is no kesa? Is everything not proceeding from KU? The reality, it seems to me, is that the kesa has been transmitted because I do zazen now and that I have never been in Japan. I am preoccupied from a...



What do you mean with balance the polarities?

What do you mean with balance the polarities? And how "to react" facing the duality? "Idiot" example: I have a strong joy, must I benefit from it completely? Me, I would say yes. I have a strong sorrow, must I live it completely? Or avoid it? ... The balance in all that what is it? Nothing to live completely? Live everything completely? One ...


"Well, the ones who love so much to quote the words of Kodo Sawaki in their kusen, why don't they have the idea to imitate sometimes his acts?

"Well, the ones who love so much to quote the words of Kodo Sawaki in their kusen, why don't they have the idea to imitate sometimes his acts? Himself, he precisely received the shiho of the successor of his master, old time fellow-student. Despite the fact that in his youth there was a relationship of competition, he did it with humility, as he...

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