Goals

We are advised to practice zen without any goal, since it is the path, the process and practice themselves that should be the center and it is through them that we attain our goal. Is it the same in life at large? Should I abandon my goals in life and concentrate on what life gives me?
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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 ...

The shiho looks to me to be something intimate and to make a celebration of it does not look right to me.

HISTORY OF EVENTS(Twenty years ago already Master Rempo Niwa zenji, the highest authority of the Japanese zen who was about to become Zenji of the temple of Eiheiji, temple founded by Master Dogen zenji himself, came in person to transmit the shiho - the transmission of the dharma - to three of the closest disciples of Master Taisen ...

The crossing of the legs.

Hello dear Master. I wanted quite simply to ask you whether it is important to change the legs when the lotus is made, I ask you this because it is normally said that one must put the right foot on the left thigh and then the left leg on the right thigh, but somebody said to me that to keep it balance it is important to just make the reverse ...

Who realizes?

Not an easy task to find the right words. If there is nobody to experiment nor observe, who realizes? Not the individual. Or at least, not individual consciousness, since it itself disappears. Sorry not to be able to state my meaning more clearly. Thanks for your presence.
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Funeral rites.

Hello, I create funeral urns and I am recently interested in Buddhism. I would like to know a little better the course of a Buddhist funerary ceremony in particular to know if ashes are given in a urn, are they particular? Which are the rituals practised in France and in modern societies in general at the time of the incineration? Thank you in ...

Sinner

Hello Master Kosen, I got question that bothers me very much and I'm somehow blocked because of it. I did bad things Im ashamed of. Bad things I mean it is in relation to girls, relationships, my lust, desires, foolishness. My ex-girl recently broke up with me because of my mistakes I made - and Im in deep despair. Is fact that she broke ...

I prefer hell to paradise

Master Deshimaru said: “ I prefer hell to paradise; there, at least, you can freely have a drink with your friends. This is what Mushotoku is about. People who fear the infernal cycle of transmigration are so boring.”However, Buddhism, and more particularly Tibetan Buddhism, says that being afraid of transmigration and of being ...

Daily living

How do we live a spiritual life with so much dysfunction around us? I feel it is much like my practice. Sitting without wanting an outcome but wanting an outcome none the less
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Motivation

Master Kosen, Some people have an innate motivation and need little effort to practice, while for others, it is just the other way round. How can one develop a strong motivation? Thanks.
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Reality

Hello !Let me ask the question: Do we create our own reality ? (Like described in the movie: What the bleep do we know ? ) It would be very interesting, what your experience about it is !Thank you vey much !Oliver
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Humor?

MASTER KOSEN, I WANTED TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHT ON THE SENSE OF HUMOR IN ZEN, BY THE WAY: GOING THROUGH THE PHOTO GALLERY I BELIEVE THAT SOME BALD MEN HAVE FOUND THEIR DREAMY PLACE TO SOLVE THEIR "BALD" COMPLEX JE.. JE
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The impression of being in Japan.

Kan ji zaï bo satsu. Gyo jin han...why sing that, what does it mean? In the dojo, why do I have the impression of being in Japan? I am not Japanese. I speak better Japanese than Breton! Zazen is very good. Thank you
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Burned out

I started practicing Buddhism more than ten years ago, I did retreats, etc., but my life is just as miserable as before, or even more. I have lost my faith in chanting mantras or sitting because it had not made me any happier or wiser. I feel old and kind of burned out, I do not feel the slightest inspiration to sit zazen, chant mantras or ...

Vehicle

The will to find my spirit has occured after an experience related to death.Master, though it may seem like looking for a product in a supermarket, which vehicle leads to the true mind? Alls schools of Buddhism are very precious to me. . . But I would like to follow one way only and at this point, I have doubts.I've read that from the ...

Summer camp

I've been practising zazen irregularly, and not lately, anyway.Do you think that attending an eight day session without being much prepared is realistic?I'm afraid I would feel like a stranger, even bother, because I would not know the protocol, the etiquette, the good manners, in a way. . .I've read the testimony of a practitioner ...



maily magdalena madera rafo

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. ...

The hands during zazen

Hello, i have a problem with my hands. They dont stay still, and fingers and thumbs move, plus i feel kind of pain (like when you hold your arm up in the air for some time), in both my hands and arms. these are my problems, they dont happen all at once but they happen in general, so all in all i cant remain still. It is not fidgeting, they move ...



Awakening

Is it normal to feel despondent and forlorn whereas you're on the Way? I frequently feel separate from the world because of a great internal confusion and fears that bother me and keep me off the present moment. I'm sometimes feel I'm going mad. . .
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London

Hi there, bonjour... I practise my sitting twice/thrice a day.Love the sit. Best thing in my life. Go to a small group once a week too, part of white plum org. No probs with that. was wondering though if you guys were ever considering setting up a branch of your sangha in London?
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