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Why Meditation Works - Zen in the 21st Century

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by Ruryse, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. Ruryse

    Ruryse Active Member

    Colin Hankin's website explains in a clear and logical way why and how meditation leads to happiness.

    While the great old teachings form an excellent resource for the few people who do get them, they might not be perfect for the current communication standards. Misconceptions and misunderstandings like the "lack of self", "thinking is a mistake", or the "illusory world" lead to misinterpretations of the old Zen Buddhist teachings.

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    Colin makes a serious attempt to debunk these misinterpretations, and explains why Zazen works, through clear examples and physiological/psychological references.
     
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  2. ListenNighGlint

    ListenNighGlint Active Member

    I liked his take on morality. :)

    So how do you meditate in the 21st century? Is there a modern way to do it?
     
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  3. Ruryse

    Ruryse Active Member

    Okay, it's important to start with just a few minutes first. You need to pick a prop, it's usually your breathing, but you can use music playing in your head, or the rhythm of your jogging or walking (if you choose not to sit), or a combination of these. Old school props are mantras, but we really don't need them, or alternatively, we can create our own. A prop is a single thing, a thought that you gently focus on.

    Traditionally, don't close your eyes, especially if you're not sitting but out walking or running somewhere, though in sitting or laying position, it works with eyes closed just fine, since this state of mind is different from sleeping. Start with focusing on your prop. Thoughts will keep occurring, all kinds of them. When you notice a thought, just observe it, from the "outside", and let it disappear; keep the prop in main focus. The key is to try not to engage with them thoughts. They will keep occurring at first, but you'll keep noticing them and make them go or rather just let them fade away on their own, as an observer. Don't try to make them go in a forceful way, so don't focus on trying not to think.

    Make a time interval goal for yourself in the beginning, like 2 minutes, then 10 minutes, and so on. When you can do it for 30 mins, that's big. When you can do it for an hour, you're golden. By then you've learned to meditate. Also, by that time, less and less thoughts will occur, or you'll get none (rare but it can happen even relatively early on). You'll notice the environment around you more as well. The calm, inspiring and energizing feeling that emerges from this state is happiness.
     
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