Oakville Zen Meditation

#466 Zen is easy but difficult, complex but simple, exciting but boring Sept 18 23

                     Zen is easy but difficult, simple but complex, exciting but boring

Zen is really just two things,  by two,  I mean one, by one I mean zero, and by zero, I mean 100, maybe 10,000, maybe I mean infinity.  The two things are meditation and experiencing the realities of the moment.                                                                                                                                                            


Sit still on a cushion or chair. Hands on your laps. Chin strait. Focus, in a mindful way on your breathing while watching your mind wander. In a mindful way that is without analysis nor judgment, observe then accept each thought then let it go by refocusing on your breathing acting as your mind anchor. Repeat this back and forth Breathing- Thought- Breathing zillions of times during your sitting. Breathing is the best anchor, but any focus point can be used.   Meditation is practicing Awakening.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

2-Experiencing realities of the moment                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            All routine mechanical daily activities are occasions to practice mindfully short mini-meditation on the go. During these times, you always try - in a mindful way- to watch your mind and catch your thoughts/feelings at the same time, avoiding “daydreaming and overthinking ”                                                                     

Example: paying attention to your body, to what it is doing, to your wandering mind, and to your surroundings using your 5 senses. Being in the realities of the present moment is Awakening.

If you really get into Zen practice, then these 2 things, meditation, and experiencing current realities will become one.

When those two things become one:                                                                                                    

  You will recognize that your body and mind are also one, sort of an immaterial entity often called True self, or illimited pure consciousness, part of the Universe defines the infinite “egoless me” as identical to all living beings through interconnectedness.

This “egoless me” defines its opposite which is the egotistic self-centered  “me”.  

The egotistic me is the zero stage before going back to 1 – 2 - Infinity. 

You are inducing and practicing Awakening that is:                                                                                                                 

  1. Experiencing, through pure consciousness, genuine realities of the Now

  2) Avoiding being a daydreamer in various spacetimes by watching and controlling your great

  storyteller called the ego-driven wandering mind.

Zen is easy but difficult, simple but complex, and exciting but boring.

No concept, no dogma, just experiencing the reality of the moment.  TX