In Zen practice, a Mondo is a dialogue between a disciple and his master.

Tobacco addiction

I do not practice Zen, though in my way, I'm one of your disciples.I feed much on information gathered on the Internet and I've attended various indigenous spiritual practices (I live in Colombia). I've stopped smoking for two months, about one year ago. I then understood how important self-control was and realized its ...


Sometimes, just before going to sleep, I feel enormous vibrations in my body, and I hear roars in my ears. This is a very strong feeling, the noise in my ears could not be louder were I three feet from the Niagara Falls, and vibrations shake my whole body, with a delta rhythm, I think. On the other hand, I feel no fear, this ...

Avoid bringing suffering to others

I write you after having read a question about smoking in the dining room and dormitories.You've been quite clear about the fact that this does not bother you, that you didn't smoke any longer, but that led me to think about the consequences of smoking on other people. Besides smell or smoke, it is scientifically demonstrated that ...


My mother suffers from Alzheimer's disease since many years. Her illness is at its final stage. Do you think she is spiritually well-off? What can I do to improve her well-being (she is bed-ridden and does not answer most stimuli)? Thanks in advance.

I am a ballet dancer.

Dear Master Kosen,I am a ballet dancer in Canada. I have a show on Wednesday and I am having trouble with certain steps that require me to spin around my centre axis and trust that I will land properly. I have always had an issue with balance, I feel like it reflects the lack of trust I have for myself and those around me, and the fear I have of...


Should one avoid alcohol and marijuana completely in order to retain awareness or should one work in harmony with one's surroundings and drink and smoke when others are doing the same? I know that Deshimaru drank and seemed to not think that it is wrong. Or is moderation the way to smoking and drinking? Is it egotistical to say that one never ...

Zazen and therapy

Dear Keisen...Does zazen have some effect like psychotherapy? For example, to work through or to release what people call "traumas"? Let's say old emotional trouble and old perceptions that go with those emotional forms?Kind Regards,Jason GosnellFlorida, USA

Can zazen worsen a condition?

Hello kosen sensei Hope you don't mind if I make an introduction before stating my point. A few years ago I had a delirious crisis which led me to a psychiatric hospital for 10 days. That episode was presented in the form of negative thoughts and even nightmares which were imposed to me very quickly and lead me in all directions with eccentric ...

What can I do not to be a looser any more?

What can I do not to be a looser any more?' message=' Oh! great master almighty...;) I do not know where I am in my life any more. I am 32 years old and I always seek myself, I practise zazen from time to time, I chose a professional career which does not have any more outlet (webmaster!) What can I do no to be a looser any ...

What is the root of disease ?

1)is the study of Zen only for the healthy?2)if i start to study Zen,will i immediately lose my selfishness?3)is the practice of Zen at first sometimes dry anduncomfortable?i am grateful for your deep rich works.4) my real question is : what is the root of disease?thank you, bruce rose.

Does one have to cure those who are not sick?

You answered Bruce Rose that the practice of Zen was reserved for people in good health. I believed, forgive me, that Zen cured. Does one have to cure that which is not sick? Are you a zen monk, or the spokesman of a new extremist branch called "Satori with people in good health!"? Didn't you think for a second that M.Bruce Rose could be ...

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