There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over twenty years. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating. Finally she wondered just what progress he had made in all this time.
To find out, she...
TOPIC: WHERE CAN I INTENSIVELY STUDY ZEN AND PRACTICE ZAZEN
Posted on Jan.11.2020 @ 08:50AM EDTbyyiphei
I am a Philosophy student with an interest in Eastern Philosophy, particularly in Zen Buddhism. I have some light academic background in the subject plus some practical background with meditation and monastic life after having stayed in the Rinzai temple of Tekishinjuku Kyoto Kokusai Zendo in Kyoto. However, there is still much to perfect and learn about Zen Buddhism (both theory and practice), and I want to return to a Zen temple to study Zen and practice Zazen. What I am looking for is to strengthen my theoretical understanding of Zen Buddhist teachings and perfect the art of Zazen. My goal is not only to learn Zen Buddhism but to fully embrace and embody its teachings in all facets of life. Therefore, I am not looking for something that satisfies the merely curious but for something rigorous, intensive, and demanding in the true spirit of Zen. With this in mind, would you know of any temple/monastery that can offer what I am looking for? It can be either a Rinzai or Soto, and it can be anywhere (US or abroad). If abroad, an English instructor/mentor would be necessary.
Hello, You sound serious and it sounds like you have some certainty that this is what you are after. Unfortunately, I don't know where you should go for training. I do wish you luck in your search and may your hardships be few!
There are plenty of Zen centers in New York. Just google. Pick one which you believe you will do well with. Go there and seek information that you need. If you still feel good about the place then go there to learn under a teacher.