I'm a long-time practitioner in a Korean-style Zen school. I can answer questions regarding Zen, formal sitting meditation, self-inquiry, the practice of "koan" transmission, and offer the particular perspective of this school on the great life questions.
18 years of formal practice with the Kwan Um School of Zen, currently with the Empty Gate Zen Center of Berkeley, currently a "Senior Dharma Teacher" at this center, I give periodic talks and informally answer questions of students interested in Zen practice and teaching style
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Practice *not* holding the thoughts and feelings that appear in your mind. When you have a thought (whether it's good or bad, hope or fear, desire or aversion, etc), watch it as you'd watch a cloud in
Re death: What are you doing right now? If you're alive, use each moment of aliveness to understand yourself and help others. When you're dead, then you can deal with death. Re self: strongly and sincerely
Buddhism means waking up. In this very moment, clearly perceive the situation right in front of you, and respond to that situation with compassion. That means acting with the intention of helping all beings
> How have you used meditations and koans to help you in you day to day life? In "meditation," you take a very very simple situation (sitting still and silent), and practice it with 100% attention.
Zen means direct pointing to Truth. Truth is already right in front of you: what do you see, what do you hear, what are you doing right now? If you want to know the future, pay attention to this moment
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