Words & Phrases for Zen

** Five Disciplines for Ascetic Zen Praticians

* Don’t talk much.
* Don’t sleep much.
* Don’t read books.
* Don’t eat much.
* Don’t hang out.

** : Zen meditation for true mind covers all the other ways to enlightenment.

** : When you see that it is not possible for you to see, it is that you see the Dharma-nature. ( Seung Shan : If you understand “don’t know”, just this is enlightenment. )

**  Socrates said ,”Know yourself.” or “The only thing that I know is I know nothing.” That is a way to Zen. There is one Koan asking “What is this ?” Then, what does “this” in the question  mean ?  That is the same question.

What am I ?  If you know yourself, not about yourself, the question has the answer in itself  and can’t be a question. When you think you know yourself, it is not yourself, but about yourself,  that is, your attributes such as things about your body and character.

It is very important that the questioning arise spontaneously. It is possible only to the person who take his life and its intrinsic nature seriously. The questioning is like the friction of wood, which will cause the fire.The fire will at last eat all the wood from which it came. Then what happen ?


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