Zazen is derived from the word chan (Chinese), which derives from dhyana (Sanskrit) or jhana (Pali), which basically translates to meditation. Zazen is actually more than just sitting in meditation, its continous practice whether standing, sitting, or lying down. Most people, however, commonly associate zazen as sitting in meditation in a zendo. Continue reading
She has an interesting article on how contemporary Buddhist teachers have interpreted Buddhist teachings, and how they’ve presented them to western practitioners. Continue reading
This is an interesting documentary of a young american director, who at 19, bought a book of Chinese Buddhist poems from a bookstore in Portland for 2 dollars. He was so inspired by this, that he eventually later in life ended up in China studying with a Chinese Zen Buddhist monk who stays in a forest hermitage on a mountainside. Continue reading
One of the first books I had ever read about Buddhism was Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
by Shunryu Suzuki. I was in college and saw good reviews about it on Amazon. I got the book and read it, and thought it was amazing, even though I didn’t really understand it. I think Shunryu Suzuki’s book left favorable seeds that would later sprout later.
I really like this video with Shunryu Suzki about the difference between sound and noise. Its a very clear instruction on how to approach and question our everyday experiences. This brief clip of Shunryu Suzuki is only a few minutes but I found very profound when I applied it to my mindstream, very helpful in being more present. I wish I had youtube and his short clips before I had initially picked up his book, I think it would have cleared up my earlier confusion =D