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by MattiV
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Traces of scholasticism in (Zen) Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 640

Re: Traces of scholasticism in (Zen) Buddhism

Fu Ri Shin wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:41 pm
I don't know about publicly taking the three vows, but Zen practice does require a teacher-student relationship. It is really that simple.
Thank you, Sir, for your forthright answer.
by MattiV
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Traces of scholasticism in (Zen) Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 640

Traces of scholasticism in (Zen) Buddhism

I hope this comment is not considered to be derogatory. I have been reading this board intensely for about a half of year (I know, it's not probably enough). Also, I've read books mentioned in this comment (the third paragraph). I have also practised my own version of just sitting for almost three y...
by MattiV
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Wall Gazing
Replies: 39
Views: 5983

Re: Wall Gazing

When I started practicing zazen about two and a half years ago, I started with wall gazing right away. It felt like such a cool idea and I didn't have a teacher to tell me 'no, you can't do it'. I don't have elaborate philosophical reasons for this particular form of practice, I just practice it.
by MattiV
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Thich Nhat Hanh
Replies: 6
Views: 856

Thich Nhat Hanh

What is exactly the the significance of Thich Nhat Hanh from the Zen Buddhist point of view? Many of his books have been translated into Finnish, my native language. What is his standing? I'm not questioning his authenticity as a teacher but he seems to be all over the place. So, if I want to learn ...
by MattiV
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)

thecowisflying wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:36 pm
This sounds a lot more like Tiantai Breath Meditation than Zen, specifically the Six Dharma Gates of the Sublime.
Thanks for the reference, I'll look into it.
by MattiV
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Visualizing numbers during breath counting
Replies: 5
Views: 545

Re: Visualizing numbers during breath counting

Meido wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:15 am
Your eyes are closed?
No, half-open.
by MattiV
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Visualizing numbers during breath counting
Replies: 5
Views: 545

Visualizing numbers during breath counting

Hello, Yet another newbie question. Often when I'm counting the breath I actually visualize the numbers. E.g . when I mentally say the number 'five', I see the figure of 5 in my mind's eye. Any thoughts? Is it a good or a bad thing or is it just a phase I'm going through? Could it be a form of synes...
by MattiV
Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)

Some times i use breath for an object when i sit, sometimes not. But whether or not i use the breath, i remain quite naturally still, centered, at ease, attention to the fore (e.g. right here with me), presence of mind, restful, relaxed. It might even come more naturally than an object-centered (br...
by MattiV
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Finland!
Replies: 4
Views: 737

My 'lineage'

The title of this post is given tongue in cheek, of course. As a kind of update of my introduction here, I dug out the book which was my original guide to the practice of zazen. Its name is Suomalainen zen-opas ( A Finnish Guide to Zen ) and it is written by Tae Hye sunim (Mikael Niinimäki). He init...
by MattiV
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)

IMO, this whole discussion of "not seeking" in Zen has wasted more time on online forums than any other [...] I had an inkling that this indeed could be the case :smile: . Of course Zen practitioners seek awakening and liberation. Their practice, if correct, is founded upon the most profound aspira...
by MattiV
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Re: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)

Thanks for the comment.
Dan74 wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:09 am
This very moment, reading the words on the screen, sitting on a chair or sofa or floor, breathing, what is going on? What is the very process of becoming aware of this?
As an ex-scientist, I'd say this sounds like you are describing a kind of science.
by MattiV
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)
Replies: 17
Views: 1225

Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)

Hi, I'm a new member of this forum. Also, I'm a neophyte as far as Zen Buddhism is concerned, only for about two and a half years of daily practice of just sitting. My introduction is here . Now, one of the most remarkable things about certain ideas in Zen Buddhism is that it seems to be aimless in ...
by MattiV
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Finland!
Replies: 4
Views: 737

Greetings from Finland!

I'm here to learn about Zen Buddhism. About three years ago I read a book called Zen Living (Idiot's Guides) by Domyo Sater Burk. I was basically looking for a quick and easy and fun self help guide to find calmness in my life. But I was also intrigued by the word Zen because I had been a student of...

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