Zen meditation (Zazen) is a technique of Chinese Buddhism. Which evolved from Indian Mahayana Buddhism and Taoism. Zen Buddhism is “is a practice that needs to be experienced, not a concept that you can intellectualize or understand with your brain.” Zenlightment.net
Zen – the word
‘Zen’ is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word Ch’an. ‘Ch’an’ is the Chinese pronunciation of the Sanskrit word Dhyana (meditation).
Main Instruction Of Zen Meditation
During Zen Meditation, you would usually sit in the lotus position (sitting with their legs crossed). With eyes half shut open.
In Zazen Meditation the focus of your attention is inward. Some Zen Meditation Teachers will tell you this is achieved by counting breath, usually from one to 10, each time you exhale. Other Zen Practitioners will tell you there is no counting is involved.
Zen meditation is about placing your awareness on the presence of mind, instead of focusing on a specific object as in mindfulness. Zen meditation develops an increased general awareness.
Famous Zen Masters
Dōgen Zenji was born in 19 January 1200. Zenji was a Japanese Buddhist priest, writer, poet, philosopher, and founder of the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan.
Kodo Sawaki is regarded by many as the greatest Zen master of the twentieth-century. In 1896, Kodo a poor orphaned 16-year-old traveled on foot to Eiheiji Temple to become a monk. Sawaki became a servant until he ordained as a zen monk.
Shunryu Suzuki was the very first Zen master who gained popularity in the Western world for his teaching of Zen Buddhism outside of Japan in the 20th century.
Famous Zen Meditation Quotes
“In a mind clear as still water, even the waves, breaking, are reflecting its light.”– Dogen Zenji
“Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.”
– Shunryu Suzuki
“If you have a glass full of liquid you can discourse forever on its qualities, discuss whether it is cold, warm, whether it is really and truly composed of H-2-O, or even mineral water, or sake. Meditation is Drinking it!”
– Taisen Deshimaru
“A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.”
– Dogen Zenji
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