Is 'chi', which internal martial artists speak of, a term referring to a real energy (as many believe), in the sense that gravity or light is a real energy, or is it better understood as a figurative term; a concept that allows artists to better coordinate their bodies? I was wondering
whether one who has access to meditative states might be able to determine this once and for all. Actually, I suppose there are other things the term might refer to, like a way to tune into an opponent's thoughts. I am only a beginner trying not to get sucked into any superstitious hoaxes - please help to solve the controversy

Answer from Master Kosen

Chi is a real energy like light or gravity but you seem to make a difference between the physical world and the spiritual world. You are convinced that the light of your lamp does not have any relationship with the light of the spirit but they have the same source, absolutely. You seem to think that only the human being is likely to have a spiritual dimension whereas any life is spirit and even perhaps also any matter.

Mondo On the same theme : Concepts

"Here and now."

In Zen, it is often heard to return to the "here and now". I perceive "now" like the timless interval between two seized thoughts. The thoughts which emerge we have to only let them pass. The is spirit stripped?I have more problems with the "HERE", although it must be rewarding to be concentrated in the body, with the buttocks on the zafu. It ...

The western culture is not compatible with the Zen philosophy.

The western culture is not compatible with the Zen philosophy because we inculcate us to plan the future and besides, today, materialism is acceptable. How to change really in these conditions? In other words, it is not an illusion to think one can practice zazen correctly in these conditions?Answer: I do not think, I practise

To know more about mondo

You may want to see other themes of this mondo online, or ask your own question : see Mondo online : questions to zen Master Kosen Thibaut

Subscribe to our YouTube channel

Zen meditation : retreats

Next sesshin : from 02 November 2023 to 05 November 2023 - Information and registration to this zen retreat

Autumn camp 2023 : Zazen the méditation Zen, Caroux Temple near of Montpellier

For the bodhisattva, thanks to the wisdom which leads beyond, There exists no obstacle and no fear. Every illusion and every attachment are distant And he can grab the ultimate end of his life, nirvana.


Donate to the Sangha

Let's help the Kosen Sangha and the Yujo Nyusanji zen temple


Questions to zen Master Kosen

Boddidharma, buddhist monk

Master Kosen

Follow his teachings in the Montpellier Zen dojo and in the great sesshins at Yujo Nyusanji zen temple


Listen to and download last teachings (in french) of Master Kosen in Montpellier's dojo