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ZEN ABHORS ANYTHING COMING BETWEEN THE FACT AND OURSELVES ZEN ASSURES US THAT AS ILLUSIONS FALL AWAY, THERE'S A SHIFT FROM SELF-AS-PERSON, TO SELF-AWARENESS, TO SELF-AS-AWARENESS ZEN APPEALS PRIMARILY TO THE IMAGINATION AND SENSES, IN THEIR OWN WAY EXTREMELY USEFUL WISDOM TEACHING ZEN BEGINS AT THE POINT WHERE THERE'S NOTHING FURTHER TO SEEK, NOTHING TO BE GAINED ZEN BELIEVES THAT GOD HAS ALREADY DONE HIS SHARE ZEN BELIEVES THAT TIME AND ETERNITY ARE ONE ZEN CALLS "AWAKENING" THE SELF LOSING ITSELF IN ORDER TO REALIZE ITSELF, THE SELF SETTLING INTO ITSELF, AWAKENING TO WHAT IT TRULY IS ZEN CAN ONLY BE LIVED AND EXPERIENCED ZEN CANNOT BE SHOWN TO THOSE WHO ARE FULL OF THEIR OWN OPINIONS AND SPECULATIONS ZEN COOKS CAN TRANSFORM POISONS INTO VIRTUES BY LEAVING OUT THEIR ATTACHMENT TO THE SELF ZEN DOES NOT DEPEND ON WORDS OR LETTERS, IT TRANSCENDS ALL VERBAL EXPRESSION ZEN DOES NOT EXPLAIN OR ANALYZE ANYTHING: IT MERELY POINTS BACK DIRECTLY TO OUR MIND SO THAT WE CAN WAKE UP AND BECOME BUDDHA ZEN DOES NOT FOLLOW THE EQUATION MORE KNOWLEDGE EQUALS MORE UNDERSTANDING ZEN EMPHASIZES AN OPEN, NO-THINKING AWARENESS ZEN EMPHASIZES MEDITATION AS A WAY TO ENLIGHTENMENT ZEN EMPHASIZES THAT ITS TEACHING LIES BEYOND AND OUTSIDE WORDS ZEN EXPOSES OUR DENIAL OF TRUE SELF AND SHOWS US HOW WE HAVE SUFFERED BECAUSE OF OUR DISEASES OF ATTACHMENT, JUDGMENT, AND DIVISION ZEN GETS RID OF ALL PRETENSE AND SEEING WHAT'S ACTUALLY HERE RIGHT NOW ZEN HAS A METHOD AND A LANGUAGE THAT DOESN'T USE THE MEDIUM OF THINKING AND REASONING ZEN HAS A UNIQUE ABILITY TO SHOCK THE MIND OUT OF ITS CONVENTIONAL WAY OF PERCEIVING THE WORLD ZEN HAS ALWAYS CALLED ITSELF THE WAY OF INSTANTANEOUS AWAKENING ZEN HAS NO BUSINESS WITH IDEAS ZEN HAS NO SACRED SCRIPTURES WHOSE WORDS ARE LAW; NO FIXED CANON; NO RIGID DOGMA; NO SAVIOR OR DIVINE BEING ZEN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PAST OR FURUE, BUT ALWAYS IT DIRECTLY DEALS WITH THE MOMENT RIGHT NOW ZEN HAS NOTHING TO GRAB ON TO ZEN HELPS SHOW US THAT WHAT MAKES US TICK ISN'T US ZEN IMPLIES A BRAIN IS OPEN IN MORE DIRECTIONS THAN ONE CAN EVER IMAGINE ZEN IN ESSENCE IS THE ART OF SEEING INTO THE NATURE OF ONE'S OWN BEING AND IT POINTS THE WAY FROM BONDAGE TO FREEDOM ZEN INVOLVES DELVING INTO OUR PERSONALITY AND DISCOVERING THAT THERE'S NO "REAL YOU" BUT ONLY AN ILLUSION ZEN INVOLVES THROWING OUT CONCEPTS, DISCARDING PRECONCEPTIONS, DISPENSING WITH PREJUDICES, AND CLEARING OUR MENTAL CLOSETS OF ALL OUR JUNK ZEN IS A CONCENTRATION ON OUR USUAL EVERYDAY ROUTINE ZEN IS A DIRECT EXPERIENCE OF THE WAY THINGS ARE ZEN IS A DIRECT POINTING TO THE TRUTH ZEN IS A LIBERATION FROM THE DUALISM OF THOUGHT AND ACTION ZEN IS A LIFE LONG, NEVER-ENDING CONTINUOUSLY UNFOLDING PROCESS ZEN IS A LIFE OF HARMONY WITH THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS AND NOT IN CONSTANT CONFLICT WITH IT ZEN IS A MERE PREREQUISITE FOR FINDING OUT WHO WE REALLY ARE ZEN IS A MEDICINE FOR THE MENTAL PARALYSIS AND ANXIETY WHICH COMES FROM EXCESSIVE SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS ZEN IS A METHOD FOR ATTAINING TO THE DIRECT EXPERIENCE OF THE TRUTH THAT IS HOLY AND THE VOID THAT IS HOME ZEN IS A MIRROR TO DISTINGUISH THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE UGLY ZEN IS A PHILOSOPHY OF ACTION ZEN IS A PRACTICE, A WAY OF LIVING ZEN IS A PRACTICE OF QUESTIONING, AN ATTITUDE OF SUSTAINED INQUIRY ZEN IS A RAZOR TO CUT OFF BIRTH AND DEATH ZEN IS A RELIGIOUS PRACTICE WITH A UNIQUE METHOD OF BODY-MIND TRAINING WHOSE AIM IS AWAKENING, THAT IS, SELF-REALIZATION ZEN IS A STATE OF MIND IN WHICH WE BECOME ONE WITH OUR SURROUNDINGS ZEN IS A STRATEGY FOR DEFEATING ENEMIES ZEN IS A STUDY OF THE SELF ZEN IS A SWORD TO CUT OFF ERROR AND DELUSION ZEN IS A WAY TO SEE THE TRUTH THROUGH OUR EVERYDAY EYES ZEN IS ABOUT FINDING AND RECLAIMING TRUE LIFE, OUR TRUE VITALITY AND ENERGY WHICH IS TOTALLY CONNECTED WITH THE WHOLE WORLD ZEN IS ABOUT LETTING GO OF ALL IDEAS OF OURSELVES AND SEEING WHATEVER ARISES AS NOTHING MORE THAN A RELFECTION IN A MIRROR ZEN IS ALL ABOUT SELF-KNOWLEDGE ZEN IS AN ATTEMPT TO EXPRESS THE INEFFABLE, THE DEEPEST PARADOX OF BEING ZEN IS AN AXE TO CUT DOWN A FOREST OF BRAMBLES ZEN IS BECOMING EXTRAORDINARY BY BEING NOTHING SPECIAL ZEN IS BEST EXPRESSED SIMPLY BY SITTING ZEN IS CHOOSING TO HAVE NO PREFERENCES ZEN IS COMING TO THE REALIZATION THAT ALL THINGS ARE NOTHING BUT EXPRESSIONS OF OURSELVES ZEN IS DERIVED FROM THE SANSKRIT TERM DHYANA, WHICH MEANS "QUIET THINKING" ZEN IS DIRECT CONTACT WITH REALITY ZEN IS FAR MORE ABOUT WHAT ISN'T THAN WHAT IS ZEN IS INWARDLY SEEING OUR SELF-NATURE AND BEING UNSHAKABLE, AND INDESTRUBTIBLE ZEN IS JAPANESE FOR "MEDITATION" ZEN IS JUST A TRICK OF WORDS ZEN IS KNOWING THE MIND, WITHOUT USING THOUGHT ZEN IS LEARNING TO GAOL-LESS AND SELFLESS SLOWLY, LIKE THE PROCESS OF EVOLUTION ZEN IS LIFE; ZEN DOES NOT IMITATE ZEN IS LIKE RIDING A BIKE: WE DON'T LEARN TO DO IT BY ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGE; WE LEARN TO DO IT BY DOING IT ZEN IS LIKE SOAP: FIRST WE WASH WITH IT, AND THEN WE WASH OFF THE SOAP ZEN IS MORE A CASE OF UNTRAINING THAN TRAINING, OF ENCOUNTERING THE UNCONDITIONED RATHER THAN ACQUIRING NEW CONDITIONING ZEN IS MOST ASSUREDLY A RELIGION ZEN IS NO-SELF ZEN IS NOT ABOUT BEING PERFECT, IT'S ABOUT BEING HUMAN AND STRUGGLING TO COME TO TERMS WITH THAT HUMANITY ZEN IS NOT FOUND IN THE SCRIPTURES, BECAUSE ZEN "IS NOT BASED ON WORDS OR LETTERS" ZEN IS NOT SOME KIND OF EXCITEMENT, BUT CONCENTRATION ON OUR USUAL EVERYDAY ROUTINE ZEN IS NOTHING MORE THAN PAYING ATTENTION TO OUR LIFE AS IT UNFOLDS IN THIS MOMENT AND IN THIS WORLD ZEN IS NOTHING SPECIAL BUT THE ALIVENESS WE BRING TO EACH MOMENT ZEN IS PAYING BARE ATTENTION TO ALL EVENTS OF LIFE ZEN IS SEEING REALITY DIRECTLY, IN ITS "SUCHNESS" ZEN IS SIMPLY ABOUT LETTING OUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS TOTALLY DROP AWAY ZEN IS SIMPLY THE PRACTICE OF WAKING UP, SO WE CAN SEE THE MIRACLE, GIVE THANKS, AND LIVE WITH IT WHOLEHEARTEDLY ZEN IS SIMPLY THE DEMONSTRATION OF ESSENTIAL AWARENESS ZEN IS THE BARREN WORLD OF CONTROLLED ACTION ON THE ONE SIDE, AND THE SPONTANEOUS WORLD OF UNCONTROLLED SUPRISE ON THE OTHERS ZEN IS THE CURE OF THE SICKNESS OF SEPARATENESS ZEN IS THE DIRECT TRANSMISSION OF TRUTH BEYOND WORDS AND SCRIPTURES ZEN IS THE "EVERYDAY MIND THAT'S NO MORE THAN "SLEEPING WHEN TIRED, EATING WHEN HUNGRY" ZEN IS THE JOKE IN A JOKE, AND CANNOT, LIKE A JOKE, BE "EXPLAINED" ZEN IS THE MARRIAGE BETWEEN WISDOM AND COMPASSION ZEN IS THE METHOD OF KNOWING THE MIND THROUGH ITS OWN EMPTINESS ZEN IS THE REALIZATION OF THE ONENESS OF LIFE IN ALL ITS ASPECTS ZEN IS THE RIVER OF LIFE WHICH CARES NOT FOR THE PALACES OF THOUGHT OR THE DICTIONARIES AND DEFINITIONS ZEN IS THE TEACHING OF THE TRUE GROUND OF MIND ZEN IS THE WAY OF REALIZING THE "TRUE PERSON" ZEN IS THE WORLD OF PURE EXPERIENCE WITHOUT CONCEPTS ZEN IS THE WIDE ENCOMPASSING GATE OF COMPASSION ZEN IS TO KNOW OUR MIND'S ESSENCE FROM WITHING, WITH NOTHING LINGERING THERE AT ALL ZEN IS TO NOT BE ATTACHED TO ANYTHING ZEN IS YOUR ORIGINAL FACE; THERE IS NO SPECIAL ZEN TO STUDY OTHER THAN THIS ZEN LIBERATES THE CRAMPED AND DISTORTED ENERGIES PROPERLY AND NATURALLY STORED IN EACH OF US ZEN LIFE IS INFINITE GRATITUDE FOR ALL THAT IS PAST; INFINITE SERVICE TOWARD ALL THIAT IS PREST; AND INFINITE RESPONSIBILITY TOWARD ALL THAT IS IN THE FUTURE ZEN MAKES A RELIGION OF TRANQUILITY ZEN MAY LOOK VERY AUSTERE, BUT THE HEART IS ABOUT FINDING OUR OWN FREEDOM AND PLAYFULNESS ZEN MEANS FROM MOMENT-TO-MOMENT ALWAYS KEEPING A CLEAR MIND ZEN MEANS KEEPING OUR MIND ON OUR BREATHING AND OUR BODY IN THE RIGHT POSITION IN ZAZEN ZEN MEANS NOT BEING ATTACHED TO WORDS AND SPEECH ZEN MEANS ONLY GO STRAIGHT, DON'T KNOW ZEN MEANS TO WAKE UP AND CLEANSE THE MIND OF THE HABIUTAL DISEASE OF UNCONTROLLED THOUGHT ZEN MEANS UNDERSTANDING YOUR TRUE SELF ZEN MEANS WHEN YOUR ARE DOING SOMETHING, JUST DO IT ZEN MEDITATION IS IN THE SOLITARY SEARCH INTO THE VAST, HIDDEN WORLD OF ONE'S OWN MIND ZEN PLACES GREAT EMPHASIS ON LIVING IN THE HERE-AND-NOW ZEN POINTS TO THE ORIGINAL-MIND THAT PRECEDES ALL RELIGION ZEN PRACTICE AIMS AT DIRECTLY MASTERING TRUTH BY INTUITIVE EXPERIENCE ZEN PRACTICE BEGINS WHEN WE ARE NOT THINKING ZEN PRACTICE BUILDS STRENGTH, GRACEFULNESS, AND SELF-CONFIDENCE ZEN PRACTICE EMPHASIZES WORK ON THE DHARMAKAYA KOANS, WHICH FORCE US TO REALIZE PRAJNA WISDOM ZEN PRACTICE HELPS US MORE EFFECTIVELY RESPOND TO THE SITUATIONS WE ALL FACE EVERY DAY ZEN PRACTICE IS ABOUT BEING TOTALLY AWARE OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING ZEN PRACTICE IS ABOUT FUNCTIONING FROM MOMENT TO MOMENT ZEN PRACTICE IS ABOUT THIS LITTLE "I" GROWING UP ZEN PRACTICE IS ABOUT THROWING AWAY ONE'S PRECONCEIVED VIEWS AND NOTIONS AND THE SACRED TEXTS AND ALL THE REST ZEN PRACTICE IS AROUSING THE MIND WITHOUT ITS ABIDING ANYWHERE ZEN PRACTICE IS FEARING NOTHING BUT THE FAILURE TO EXPERIENCE OUR TRUE-NATURE ZEN PRACTICE IS JUST BEING HERE RIGHT NOW AND NOT ADDING ANYTHING TO THIS ZEN PRACTICE IS KEEPING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE WHILE WHITTLING AWAY AT OUR NEED TO HAVE ANY ATTITUDE AT ALL ZEN PRACTICE IS NOT ABOUT ADJUSTING TO THE PROBLEM, IT'S SEEING THAT THERE ISN'T ANY ZEN PRACTICE IS THE WAY OF TRANSFORMATION ZEN PRACTICE IS TO BRING THE MIND BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL STATE OF CLARITY AND PURITY ZEN PRACTICE IS TO FEAR NOTHING BUT THE FAILURE TO EXPERIENCE OUR TRUE-NATURE ZEN PRACTICE IS TO GAIN IS TO LOSE, TO LOSE IS TO GAIN, BUT TO LET EVERYTHING GO IS TO GAIN IT ALL ZEN PRACTICE IS TO KEEP WORKING ON LETTING GO OF DELUSIONS AND BE IN THE STATE OF NOT-KNOWING ZEN PRACTICE IS TO STAY AWARE OF OUR MOVING MINDS TO RECOGNIZE THEIR MOVEMENT BUT NOT BE DISTRACTED BY IT ZEN PRACTICE IS TO REALIZE THAT WHOLENESS AND INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF LIFE ZEN PRACTICE IS TRANSMITTED "WARM HAND TO WARM HAND" ZEN PRACTICE MAINLY CONSISTS OF SITTING IN A LUCID STATE OF MEDITATION ZEN PRACTICE MAY BE THE POOREST WAY TO MANAGE STRESS IN THE SHORT RUN ZEN PRACTICE MEANS FINDING THE MIND OF MEDITATION IN TIMES OF FEAR, ANGER, AND DESIRE ZEN PRACTICE MOVES US FROM A LIFE OF DRAMA, A KIND OF SOAP OPERA, TO A LIFE OF NO DRAMA ZEN PRACTICE OFFERS A TRANSFORMATION THAT ALLOWS EVERYTHING TO BE JUST AS IT IS ZEN PUSHES CONTRADICTIONS TO THEIR ULTIMATE LIMIT WHERE ONE HAS TO CHOOSE BETWEEN MADNESS AND INNOCENCE ZEN QUESTIONS; IT QUESTIONS OUR WORLD, OUR EXPERIENCE, AND REALITY ITSELF ZEN REALIZATION IS WHEN WE REACH THE POINT WHERE FEELINGS ARE ENDED, VIEWS ARE GONE ZEN REFUSES NO PART OF THE WORLD AS UNHOLY ZEN RELIES ON DIRECT TRANSMISSION BETWEEN TEACHER AND STUDENT ZEN RULE OF THUMB IS NOT TO ANSWER UNTIL ONE HAS BEEN ASKED THREE TIMES ZEN SAYS: DON'T SEEK THE TRUTH, JUST CEASE TO CHERISH OPINIONS ZEN SEES EACH SURRENDER OF SELF AS BUT ONE FLEETING MILESTONE ON AN ENDLESS PILGRIMAGE ZEN STANDS FIRMLY ON EXPERIENCE AS THE BASIC PRINCIPLE OF ITS TEACHING ZEN TAKES US BEYOND THINKING ALTOGETHER ZEN TEACHES THAT IT'S DESIRABLE TO DISSOVE THE SELF ZEN TEACHES THE IMPORTANCE OF CUTTING OFF ALL ATTACHMENT TO THINKING AND CUTTING OFF DEPENDENCE ON SPEECH AND WORDS ZEN TEACHES THAT WE ARE ENSLAVED BY GREED, ANGER, AND IGNORANCE ZEN TEACHES TO BE WITH WHAT ACTUALLY IS, MOMENT TO MOMENT ZEN TEACHES TO CLEAR UP OUR INTELLECTUAL INSIGHTS FROM ERRONEOUS DISCRIMINATION AND UNJUSTIFIABLE ASSUMPTIONS ZEN TEACHES TO WATCH HOW EVERYTHING CHANGES, HOW EVERYTHING COMES INTO BEING AND PASSES AWAY ZEN TEACHES US HOW TO LIVE IN THIS MOMENT ZEN TEACHINGS ARE NOT DISCURSIVE BUT RATHER POETIC AND IMAGINATIVE ZEN TEACHINGS FOCUSES ON HOW LETTLE WE KNOW FOR CERTAIN ZEN TEACHINGS EMPHASIZED THE LIBERATION OF SUBTLE MENTAL CAPACITIES FROM BONDAGE TO CONDITIONED THINKING HABITS ZEN TEACHINGS OFTEN EMPLOYS POETRY, IMAGES, AND METAPHORS AS "FINGERS POINT TO THE MOON" ZEN TEACHINGS STUDIES THE LIVING WORD, NOT THE DEAD WORD ZEN THAT WE FIND ON THE TOP OF MOUNTAINS IS THE ZEN WE BROUGHT UP THERE ZEN TRAINING, IN FINAL ANALYSIS, MEANS BRAIN TRAINING ZEN VALUES SIMPLE, CONCRETE, LIVING FACTS OF EVERYDAY DIRECT PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, TO PERCEIVE "LIVINGLY" IWTHOUT ANALYSIS ZEN'S AIM IS A CLEAR VISION OF REALITY, SEEING THINGS AS THEY ARE, AND THAT'S ACQUIRED BY THE POWER OF CONCENTRATION ZEN'S BASIC POSITION IS THAT IT HAS NOTHING TO SAY, NOTHING TO TEACH ZEN'S ESSENCE COMES FROM THE SPONTANEOUS ENERGY OF MEETING REALITY DIRECTLY ZEN'S ESSENCE IS AWAKENING ZEN'S ESSENCE IS NOT BEING IN, NOT BEEING ATTACHED TO OUR IDENTITY, AND ALLOWS ALL THE MESSAGES OF THE WORLD TO COME IN AND BE HEARD ZEN'S ESSENCE IS THE MIND PRECEDES ALL THINGS ZEN'S GOAL IS TO LEARN THE ART OF LETTING GO WHILE PAYING ATTENTION ZEN'S GOLDEN RULE IS "ATTAIN IT BY OUR OWN EFFORTS" ZEN'S HEART IS TOTALLY CONSCIOUS, BUT NOT CAUGHT ON ANYTHING ZEN'S HEART SPEAKS SOFTLY, SAYING "JUST LET IT BE" ZEN'S MAJOR TASK IS OPENNESS, REVISION, AND RESTRUCTURING ZEN'S MEDITATION ESSENTIAL ART IS ONE OF SITTING, NOT THINKING ZEN'S METHOD IS A CONTINUALLY SUBMITTING, ENDURING, LETTING GO, ACCEPTING AND UNLEARNING ZEN'S METHOD IS TO INFILTRATE IGNORANCE AND UNREASON BY GIVING UP, LETTING GO, OPENING UP, GROWING UP AND OUT OF THE "I-ME-MINE" COMPLEX ZEN'S MIND IS WHEN THE OUTSIDE AND INSIDE HAVE BECOME ONE ZEN'S PRINCIPAL DISCIPLINE IS ZAZEN

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