Poem

Dear Master Kosen,After the sesshin of Barcelona last april, I did some poems (in catalán, my mother tongue). Let me dedicate one of them to you. (translation follows)A hug.Xavier.Si m'assec em mocCom els roures quan fullegen:Les branques verdegenI tot creix a poc a poc;Fins i tot hi alena el roc.If I sit I move As the oaks when they turn their...

changing karma 2

Hello,Thank you so much for your quick response. I understand what you have said. It is very meaningful to me. My final questions are, how do I develop a sense of importance or confidence when I am so used to being negative about myself? And, do you think that if I or someone makes these positive changes of mind and spirit, that if a ...



In each person there is some good.

All last week was very mystical for me. I have the impression that there were really several stages. I know, retrospectively that I helped at this time some people in the need, that I did things really well, but as if it were a need, that I was to do it. But it is at the time of a conversation with my ex that in a flash all my hatred, my rage, ...

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 ...

Is breathing in Zen automatic and natural ?

Is breathing in Zen automatic and natural, or is there a techniqueor form to breathe. How do we determine correct breathing for ourselves?What does it feel like? Is this breathing in any sense controlled? In reality in zen, people learn a breathing technique which consists in concentrating their energy below the navel and to press on the ...



Creation of the world

If you do not believe in God, as being a zen buddhist in confusion, i would like to know how you think that the world has been created. I do not believe in God but this question keeps popping during discussions
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I find your site a fresh puff of air.

Dear Master Kosen, Sunday October 29, 2006, with a limited knowledge on Zen and a poor practice of the meditation; I have always admired the mysterious simplicity of this seated meditation which one names zazen, the most beautiful of the churches. I wished to practise in group, but being a French resident in Taiwan, the moralizer lessons of this...

Dealing with despair

Having demonstrated great moral courage and strength for all my life, I find myself hit again and again with harsh blows that not only send me reeling but also limit my ability to deal with my responsibilities toward others, by, among other things, taking timeavailable to deal with multiple responsibilities. The sense of defeat is overwhelming....


Discuss together.

Dear Stephan,I’ve read the various confrontations between Roland and you, and it makes me really happy that you can discuss together, as you had answered it to me. You are very different, but I do not cease being persuaded that you received the same marrow, and that you both try to retransmit it as well as possible, each one his way. I do not ...

Zen at war

i work in iraq, i'm hired for protection reasons etcI feel like an animal, i want kill, have sex, and i'm very lost.I don't know why i'm here on earth, i don't know what i must do, i don't knowwhat i am. im not afraid of dying or killing its part of life. i eventhought of killing you, is this right or wrong. i don't ever tell peopleof such ...


Zen and the problem of evil

Good day,A question worries me from a long time, concerning the possibility of evil. How the zen gives an explanation of the existence of evil, not the fact to steel an apple but concerning really monstruous acts like the ones which the paedophiles commit against children, and which are profoundly traumatizing and destructive?The answer of the ...



The attachment to the Master.

I met in a sesshin people who followed a Western Master, panicked at the thought of being separated from him, losing it or being rejected. Eventualy, they've found a new family and a new attachment... which is reinforced with time; is it an insoluble contradiction!! It is annoying, isn't it?
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Who forgets about death?

In a previous question someone asked, "Could you enlighten me on the question of death?" You answered, "Zazen practice is to be in the unborn and the non-death. You will live eternally if you forget aboutdeath!" Please tell me. Who lives eternally? Who forgets about death?Who were you before you were born? Who forgot about death before their ...


Mondo with Sabine and the two Muslims

Master, The Buddha, the god, is without ‘noumène’ thus he has an infinite number of aspects, faces, forms. However the essence of the aspect is beyond the aspect or beyond the not aspect, ‘beyond’ meaning containing immediately 2 aspects: aspect and non-aspect. Isn’it so that the buddha can be seen. So isn’t zazen beyond the aspect ...

Master, do you believe that the way of Zen is the only way which conducts to the realization of the self or to the spiritual freedom ?

Maître, croyez-vous que la voie du Zen soit le seul chemin qui conduit à la réalisation de soi ou à liberté spirituelle ? Car il existe à mon point de vue tant d'écoles, de disciplines qui prônent ce résultat ; et l'on dirait que je suis attiré par plusieurs disciplines et groupes à la fois. Merci Denis Blondeau
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