TAG: zen

Understanding the Sacred Self

Wes Annac – The Self isn’t limited by the qualities that inhibit us here on earth, it’s free to move around as it pleases…

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How to Meditate

Alexis Brooks, Higher Journeys Waking Times Upon first glance you may be thinking that this is a step by step guide on how to meditate. This is not at all a treatise about a singular approach. My sense is that there is no such thing as the way to do anything, not the least of

The Principles of Zen

Julian Websdale, Contributor Waking Times Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that developed in China during the 6th century as Chán. From China, Zen spread south to Vietnam, northeast to Korea and East to Japan. The word Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word 禪 (dʑjen) (pinyin: Chán), which in turn is

The 5 Stages of the Cycle of Mastery

Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Staff Waking Times “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” –Shunryu Suzuki The beauty of cyclic learning is that it kicks expert-mind back into beginner-mind. It is

Zen and the Art of Chinese Medicine

Steven Alpern, Guest Waking Times The scroll of Zen Buddhist monk Sengai (1750-1838) entitled Circle, Triangle, and Square is a concise symbolic expression of classical (Neijing style) Chinese medical thinking. While this brush painting may not be language in the conventional sense, it articulates Sengai’s intention with clarity and power. Practitioners raised and educated in

11 Moments of Zen

Myrko Thum, Guest Waking Times Many teachings from Zen-Buddhism are told in short and delightful zen stories. They are usually designed to develop the mind and to free it from distortions and so to connect with our spirit. Some of them are really inspiring and enlightening. It is helpful to the mind to think about

Effortless Meditation

Peter Russell, Spirit of Now Waking Times You may be surprised to hear that meditation should be effortless, that no striving or concentration is needed. I know I was. When I first became interested in meditation, back in the mid-sixties, I was repeatedly told that it took great mental discipline and many years of practice.

Die Before You Die

Konstantin Eriksen, Guest Writer Waking Times “Die before you die” is a famous zen saying. It is a strange phrase, it sounds pessimistic. And yet, if you truly try to understand it, you realize its true meaning and its ability to transform your life. Have you ever seen somebody transform completely? Perhaps you know somebody who was

Between Awake and Asleep – Achieving Deep Relaxation with Qi Gong

Ramel Rones, David Silver of YMAA Waking Times  Most Eastern arts seek ways for the practitioner to spend more time in a deeply relaxed state, that is, with a meditative mind. This deep level of meditation is an essential step for achievement in all Eastern disciplines: seeking enlightenment (meditation), better performance (Kung Fu), higher quality