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  One day, Chang-sha Ching-tsen (d. 868), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an masters,
wandered in the mountain. When he was back just at the gate of the temple, the head monk asked him:
-Where have you been, Sir?
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vertical line Posted on Jun.23.2019 @ 08:58PM EDT by Hanami
Hello, you may call me Hanami. I am new to this site, and am in search of inner peace to be frank. I deal with a lot of trauma and am learning to to deal with it by helping others, by attending a massage school where I hope to become a massage therapist and health educater, I am here because I want to learn more about Zen, what it means and maybe just maybe find an answer to my inner peace issue. I was once very religious but no longer... The harder I try to fall on old beliefs the harder I find it is to believe them. So for a complete beginner, where then should I Begin?
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Reply from so_teh
Jun.24.2019
10:00AM EDT 
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vertical line Stay a beginner. You may just want to try meditating on your own. Just sit down and meditate. Your instincts know how to meditate. Try it. You have to it try it on your own for awhile. Good luck.
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Reply from Hanami
Jun.24.2019
03:06PM EDT 
vertical line Thank you, I guess ill start there. I appreciate it.
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Reply from Avisitor
Jun.29.2019
01:14PM EDT 
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vertical line Quote: "Thank you, I guess ill start there. I appreciate it."
.........

I know this comes up late
But, meditation is ...

Watch the breath go in
Watch the breath go out
Do not get caught up in your thoughts
Do not suppress your thoughts
Just let them go
If you find yourself caught up in thought
Then just go back to watch your breath go in
Watch your breath go out

As you practice, you will develop concentration
and be able to watch breath for longer periods of time
More practice and the concentration can become so intense
It may follow into everyday life
You can and will remain calm and mindful

Life will transform
Practice more
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Reply from Bobwidget
Jun.29.2019
08:13PM EDT 
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vertical line Concentration is not peaceful.

Let your physical body totally relax and don't focus it.

Being intense means your focusing your body's nervous system energy to a point not allowing body to fully relax and be at peace.

Wrong view as all viewpoints are wrong. Being relaxed and aware is no viewpoint. Being aware is aware of what is not what we want.
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Reply from Phil Space
Jun.30.2019
06:24AM EDT 
vertical line Yeah, I park for free.
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Reply from Avisitor
Jul.02.2019
11:06PM EDT 
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vertical line Quote: "Concentration is not peaceful."
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You apparently have not heard of Zen's one pointed concentration.
And it appears you have not had any formal training with a teacher and no relationship with a sangha.

What you do is teach with no authority
And you hurt other with this useless information.
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Reply from Bobwidget
Jul.03.2019
07:41AM EDT 
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vertical line Never heard of mushin meditation?
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Reply from Bobwidget
Jul.03.2019
08:56AM EDT 
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vertical line Also reality told me the words two years back the body is aware. Also reality spoke through my mother saying energy is not the issue focusing it is. Something she could not grasp nor understood then.

A sigh and a whimper with the release of the stressed attention.

So reality is my teacher. The best zen master I know. My master. Serving him not out of fear. He gives none. Not out of some obligation. But total desire to because he gave me life. Absolute respect and love.
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Reply from Phil Space
Jul.03.2019
10:18AM EDT 
vertical line You're Master Bates of the Ascended Arse.
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Reply from so_teh
Jul.04.2019
05:08PM EDT 
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vertical line I put the Jackass on ignore in symbolism of his ignorance.
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