Zen at war... (continuation)

Hello, thank you for the reply Why are some people calm on the outside and vicious in nature on the inside, where did this come from? i have calm in very bad situations its feels peacefull and energy and clear. i feel i am supposed to protect something, but i dont know what it is, this "sense" is very strong(i have many ...

How to practise zazen if one is unable to sit in full-lotus?

How to practise zazen if one is unable to sit in the full-lotus position? In vain I try to sit (in a sort of half-lotus), to soften it, but I practice less and less because I'm not to be able to make this position, which is the one of Zen, this really upsets me and prevents me from concentrating. Isn’t it there any way or particular exercise ...

Kosen or Roland?

Kosen or Roland? One is not in front of a football match!! I dare to hope that the room is larger. If we do not see what brings these 2 men together, then let’s shut up and sit. By pointing out, if we still do not see that it is love, and only love, let us start again...
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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...


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 ...

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 ...



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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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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Ski satori?

Skiing, I had the impression to be fused with a mountain. This feeling came to me with a great joy. Is that a little satori?
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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 ...


How to recognise satori

Quelle différence y -a-t-il lorsqu'on atteint le satori et comment savons-nous que nous l'avons atteint ? Même si le seul fait de pratiquer zazen suffit, l'humain a toujours des questions lorsque le satori n'a pas encore pointé le bout de son nez. Un ego encore trop fort.
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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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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 ...

breathing

My Zen teacher, a former student of Master Deshimuru, tells me to have long slow exhalations and short quick inhalations, but I have read other zazen "manuals", inluding one by Temple Antaiji, that you should just let the breath be natural. What is the difference between letting the breath be as it is and forcing the breath to breath long ...

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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fear of death

Since I become a mother, I am much more aware about my fear of death, dus, my everyday fears. I know we are beings dying already.One part, as many times, knows. But another part is just scared of death, being aware about the strong attachment with my daughter and so many others.Once more, I wonder how can I work on my fear on death, which takes ...


Soccer

Hello Master Kosen. First, let me thank you for taking the time to read and answer my question: Do you think like me that soccer is the sport of the gods (whithout disparaging other sports, but I think that soccer has something special about it)? And that you can play like professional players by practicing zazen, even if you are not as young...


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...

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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