I Practice Zen Meditation

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    Project 5am

    "On occasion we have an idea that is so clear and simple and elegant that we are astonished, as if a rare and precious meteor fragment just landed at our feet.  We pick it up and examine it closely. And we ask ourselves, where could this have come from. Looking back to...
    project5am project5am
    31-35, M
    Mar 10, 2011

    Hermit And The Zen Spider

    Once there lived a great hermit who many said has transcended the eternal birth and death cycle. Each day, many people from the nearby village would congregate at his hermitage seeking words of wisdom and advice. People pray the hermit for wish fulfillment, money, fortune and so...
    guardsvan guardsvan
    41-45, M
    Feb 26, 2013

    Like Lime On Trees

    “When we start expecting things to stay the same we fill our wagons with suffering.”Once we feel secure in our general understanding, to challenge that understanding is a step toward the unknown; a step away from our sense of self, our sense of security. Jimmie became aware...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    Mar 28, 2013

    Complex Human

    This is so true. How many of us have forgotten that the essence of life is to live in the present and not to worry too much about the past and the future? I mean, it is ok to think about the future and look back to your past. Our future and past guide us. But if we cling on them...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    Apr 19, 2013

    Sangha Invitation

    In my pursuit of further understanding and reduction of suffering I have studied and practiced mindfulness as much as possible on my own over the past year. The Buddha advocated that one should establish mindfulness in one's day-to-day life maintaining as much as possible a calm...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    Apr 20, 2013


    I once visited a pottery-making shop. A guy, who was probably in his mid-50s, was showing us how a jar is made. He said you have to have the correct hand pressure to shape the clay. I was amazed as he slowly mold the clay into a beautiful jar with his gentle yet firm hands...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    May 6, 2013

    Pain In Life

    An aging Zen master grew tired of his student complaining, and so, one morning, sent him for some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?" the master...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    Apr 5, 2013

    Question About Meditating

    Hello, I want to start practicing meditation, any tips on how to start?
    thebadapple thebadapple
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jun 10, 2011

    'i', The Budhdha

    I escaped the vices of the palace in search of some thing that will help me escape the misery of humanity. From the hermit living in the mountain pass to the monk in the mystic valley , every one I met said to me that there is no escape from misery. They made me promise them...
    guardsvan guardsvan
    41-45, M
    1 Response Sep 21, 2012

    Hello everyone! A year ago I wrote a book on

    how to meditate for peace of mind and spiritual enlightenment that people seem to enjoy, so I’ve decided to take a further step and create a blog that deals with various ideas, thoughts and experiences surrounding meditation, mindfulness, spirituality and self-improvement. I...
    TheMeditatingCat TheMeditatingCat
    22-25, M
    Sep 3, 2015

    Dancing Evergreen

    I checked the number on the incoming call vibrating in my hand. It was a call I was required, by law, to answer twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.I practice walking meditation and breathing exercises around an old historic State Penitentiary long since closed and turned...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    Nov 5, 2012

    Amazing To Me

    Zen meditation raises pain threshold - fact     ZEN meditation helps lower sensitivity to pain by thickening a part of the brain that regulates emotion and painful sensations, according to a Montreal study published yesterday. University of...
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    1 Response Feb 28, 2010
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    Sep 28, 2013

    everything zen....everything zen,

    I don't think so..... (Bush)
    deleted deleted
    Sep 3, 2015

    Knowing Ourselves

    The purpose of studying Buddhism is not to study Buddhism, but to study ourselves. That is why we have teaching. But the teaching is not ourselves. It is some explanation of ourselves. To study the teaching is to know yourselves. That is why we do not ever attach to the teaching...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    May 10, 2013

    Every Day I Be Sittin' Zazen

    Well, most days. I began sitting shortly before I went to the hospital, after my fiancee left me. I began reading books about Zen meditation and I quickly fell into the simple method of diaphragmatic breathing and counting. At different times I've meditated at different...
    blankytheblank blankytheblank
    Aug 28, 2013

    5 Minutes A Day

    While we lay in bed at night, waiting to fall asleep, we could easily spend what could be the best 5 minutes of the day. I wrote the following breathing exercise to help sleep uninterrupted from bad dreams, stress, anxiety or tension. Try this! Lay on your back with one or both...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    Nov 29, 2012
    Rivfader Rivfader
    26-30, M
    1 Response Nov 13, 2012


    I started meditating about 3 years ago, found a local group and visited the affiliated abbey in March. Then I returned for two weeks this Summer and it was 2-3 hours of meditation a day (my back was killing me). However it got me into being more serious about meditating by myself...
    thisnotthat thisnotthat
    36-40, F
    Sep 2, 2008


    Deviate respectfully from the conditions society pushes on to us. The rebel, the outsider, the other can be someone of virtue. Try it. Listen to your heart. Take risks wisely. They will disagree and may have pure intentions but the understanding of becoming more in tune...
    wanderlust wanderlust
    22-25, F
    Oct 1, 2013
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