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Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen--teaching, practice, and enlightenment--Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive. FOREWORD I by HUSTON SMITH I. Tradition has it that. it w s in the sixth century A.D., with the journey of ppti.infoma from India to China, that Zen. Editorial Reviews. Review. "For anyone seriously interested in Zen this book will be invaluable The Three Pillars of Zen - Kindle edition by Roshi Philip Kapleau . Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ ppti.info

Hence I feel obliged to deal with theoretical matters. The difcult with theory, however, is that it is endless. Budhist scriptures, Bud dhist doctre, and Buddhist philosophy are no more than intellectual formulatons of zazen, and zazen itel is their practcal demonstra tion.

From th vast feld I wlnow abstract what is most essental for you practce. We start witl1 the Buddha Shakyamuni. It is both respectfl and itimate. But he failed to attain enightenment by these means and, hal-dead from hunger and exaustion, came to realize the futility of pursuig a course which could only terminate in death. So he drank the m whic was ofered hm, gradualy regaied his health, and resolved to steer a middle course between self-torture and self indulgence.

Thereafter he devoted himself exclusively to zazen for six years1 and evetually, on the morg of the eighth of December, at the very instant when he glanced at the planet Venus gleamig in the easter sky, he attaed perfect enlightenment. Althis we believe as historical truth. The words the Buddha uttered involuntarily at this tme are re corded variouly in the Buddhst scriptures.

According to the Kegon sutra, at te moment of enlightenment he spontaneously cried out: Intrinsically all living beings are Buddhas, endowed with wisdom and virtue, but because me's mds have be come inverted through delusive thiing they fail to perceive this.

Ye, how truy marvelous that all. That is to say, the nature of every being is inherently without a flaw, perfect, no diferent from that of Amida or any other Buddha. This frst declaration ofShakyamun Buddha is also the ultimate conclusion of Buddsm. Yet man, restless and anxious, lives a half-crazd exist ence because his mind, heavly encrusted with delusion, is tued topsy-turvy. We need therefore to ret to our original perfecton, to see through the false image of ouseves as icomplete ad sinul, and to wake up to our inherent purity and wholeness.

The most efective means by which to accomplsh this is trough zaen. Not only Shakyamuni Buddha himselfbut many ofhis disciples attained enlightenment trough zazen. Moreover, during the 2, years since the Budda's death innumerable devotees i India, Chna, them, I have followed the usual English rendering of this title. See "Buddha" in setion x. Even i ts day there are many who have been able to cast of worry and anxety and emancipate themseves through za.

Beteen a Nyorai i. Ths "sub stance" can be likened to water. One of the salent charactristics of water is its conformability: We have ths same adaptabity, but as we live boud ad fettered though igno rance of our true natue, we have forfeited ts freedom.

To pusue te metaphor, we can say that the mind of a Buddha is like water that is calm, deep, ad crystal clear, and upon which the "moon of truth" refects f y and perfecty. The mind of the ordinary man, on the other hand, is like murky water, constanty being chured by the gales of deusive thought and no longer able to refect t moon of truth. The moon nonetheles shnes steadily upon the waves, but as te waters are roied we are uable to see it reflecton.

Thu we lead lives that are frustrating and meangles. How can we bring the moon of truth to ilumne ful y our le and personalty? We need ftrst to purif this water, to calm the surging waves by haltg the winds of discusive thought.

In other words, we must empty our mnds of what the Kegon sutra cals the "con ceptual thought of man. I once heard someone say: To be sure, abstract thg is ueful when wisely employed-which is to say, when its nature and limita tions are properly uderstood-but so long as human beings remain slaves to their itellect, fettered and controlled by it, they can wel be caled sick.

All thoughts, whether enobling or debasing, are mutable and im permanent; they have a beginng and an end even as they are feet ingly with us, and this is as true of te thought of an era as of an individual. I Buddhism thought is referred to as "the stream of life and-death. So long as the winds of thought continue to distrb the water of our Self-nature, we cannot distiguish truth from untruth.

It is im perative, therefore, that these winds be stilled. Once they abate, the waves subside, the muddiess clears, and we perceive directy that the moon of trth has never ceased shining. The moment of such realzation is kesho, i.

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Unlike moral and philosophical con cepts, which are variable, true Insight is imperishable. Now for the frst tme we can lve with inner peace and dignity, free from per plexity and diquiet, and in harmony with our environmet. I have spoken to you briefy about these matters, but I hope I have succeeded in conveyg to you the importace of zazen.

Let u now talk about practice. The fst step is to select a quiet room in which to sit. Lay out. Preferably one should not wear trousers or socks, since these interfere with the cross i of the legs and the placing of the feet.

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For a number of reasons it is best to sit in the ful-lotus posture. To sit ful-lotu you place te foot of the right leg over the thigh of the left ad the foot of te lef leg over the thigh of the rght. The mai point of ths particular method of sittg is that by etablishing a wide, solid base, with the crossed legs and with both knee touchig the mat, you achieve absolute stabity.

With the body thu immobile, thoughts are not stirred into actvity by physical movements and the mnd more easiy becomes tranquil. If you have difculty sittng in the full-lotus posture because of the pain, sit half-lotus, whic is done by puttng the foot of the left leg over the thigh of the right.

For those of you who are not accutomed to sittng cross-legged, even this position may not be easy to maintain. I both the hal- and the ful-lotus posture te uppermost foot can be reversed when the legs become tired. For those who fnd both of thee traditonal zz positions acutely uncomortable, an altertve positon is the traditional Japanese one of sitg on the heels and calves.

Ths can be maintained for a longer time i a cushion is placed between the heel and the buttocks. One advantage of this postue is that the back can be kept erect easiy. However, should a of these positions prove too painful, you may u a chair The next step is to rest the right hand in the lap, pal upward, and place the left hand, palm upward, on top of the right palm. Lightly touch te tips of the thumbs to each other so that a Batteed circle is formed by the palm and thumbs.

Now, the right side of the body is the active pole, the left the passive. Hence during practce we repres te actve side by placig te left foot and lef hand over the right members, as an aid in acheving the hghest degree of tanquity. If you look at a figure of te Buddha, however, you will notice that te positon of tse members is just te reverse.

The significance of ths is that a Buddha, unlke the ret of us, is actvely engaged in the task of saving. After you have crossed you legs, bend forward so as to thrust the buttocks out, the slowly bring the trunk to an erect posture.

The head should be straight; if looked at from the side, your ears should be in lne with your shoulders and te tp of your nose in line wit your navel. The body from t waist up shoud be weightless, fee fom pressue or strain. Kep the eyes open ad the mouth closed. The tp of the tongue should lightly touch the back of the upper teth. If you dose your eyes you wifal into a dand dremy state. The gaze shoud be lowered without focusing on anyng in par tcuar.

Experiece has show that the mnd is quietest, with the least fatgue or stai, when te eyes are in this lowered position. The spinal column mut be erect at a tme. This admoniton is important. Whe the body slups, not only is udue pressure placed on the inte organs, iterferig wth their fee fnctonng, but the vertebrae by impinging upon nerves may cause strains of one 1 See section 1 for sketches of all these postures, including one wdely used in the Southeast Asian Buddhist coutries.

Since the body and mnd are one, an y ipairmet of the physiological functions ievitably involves the mnd a d th u diminshes its clarity and onepointedness, which are essen tial for efective concetraton. From a purely psychological poit of view, a ramod eretess is as udesirable as a slouching position, for the one springs from unconscious pride and the other from abjectness, and since both are grouded i ego tey are equaly a hidrance to eghtenmet.

Be careful to hold the head erect; if it inclines forard or backward or sideward, remaig there for an appreciable legth of tme, a crick in the neck may result. When you have established a correct posture, take a deep breath. Repeat this two or thee times, always breathing through the nose. After that breathe naturally. When you have accutomed yourself to this routne, one deep breath at the beging wi sufce. Now bend the body frst to the right as far as it will go, then to the left, about seven or eight times, in large arcs to begin with, then smaller ones until the trunk naturaly comes to rest at ceter.

Y oi are now ready to concentrate your md. The easiest for beginers is counting icoming and out going breats. The value of ths particular exercise lies in the fact that al reasonig is ecluded and the discrimnative mind put at rest. Thu the waves of thought are stilled and a gradual one-pointedness of mind achieved.

To start wit, count both ialations and exhala tions. Whe you inale, concentrate on "one"; when you exhale, on " " d Th " " d two ; an so on, up to ten. It is as simple as that. As I have previously pointed out, feeting ideas which naturaly fuctte i the mind are not in themselve an impediment.

Ths u fortuately is not commonly recognized.

Even among Japanese who have been studying and practicig Zen for fve years or more tere are many who misunderstand Zen practce to be a stopping of con sciousness. There is indeed a knd of zazen that aims at doipg jut ts, 2 but it is not the traditional zaze of Zen Buddhsm. You must 1 For additional informaton on concntrating the mind, see pp. And since your brain liewise is not asleep, various thought forms wl drt about in your mind. Now, they will not hamper or diminish the efectiveness of zazen unless, evaluating them as "good," you clg to them or, deciding they are "bad," you try to check or elminate them.

You must not regard any perceptons or sensations as an obstrcton to zazen, nor shoud you pursue any of them. I em phasize this. If you alow yourself to be distracted in such ways, your concentra tion on the counting of your breaths will be impeded. To recapitu late: I terminatng a period of sittg do not arise abruptly, but beg by rockng from side to side, fst in small swings, then in large ones, for about half a dozen tmes. You wl observe that your movements in ths exercise are the reverse of those you engage in when you begin zazen.

Rise slowly and quietly walk around with the others in what is caled kinhin, a walking form of zazen. K is performed by placig the right fut, with thumb inside, on the chest and covering it with the left palm whie holding both elbows at right angles.

Keep the arms in a straight line and the body erect, wth te eyes resting upon a point about two yards in front of the fet. At te same time continue to count inhalations and exhala tons as you walk slowly aroud the room. Begin walng with the left foot and walk in such a way tat the foot sinks into te foor, first the heel and then the toes. Wa calmy and steadily, wt poise and dgnty. The walkng must not be done absent-mindedly, and the mind must be taut as you concetate on the coutng.

It is advisable to practice walking this way for at least five minute after each sitting period of twenty to thrty miutes. Rinzai and Soto difer considerably in their way of doing kn.

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My ow teacher, Harada-roshi, advocated a gait somewhere between these two and that is the method we have ben practcing here. Futher, the Rinzai sect cups the lef hand on top of the right, whereas in the orthodox Soto the right had is placed on top. Harada-roshi fet that the R metod of puttg the left hand uppermost was more desirable and so he adopted it into his ow teachng. Now, eve though t waling relieves the stif ness in your legs, such exercise is to be regarded as a mere by-product and not the main object ofkin.

Hence those of you who are count ing your breaths should continue during k, and those of you who are working on a koan should carry on with it. This end the frst lecture.


Continue to count your breaths as I have instructed untl you come before me again. Now I want you to chage your breathing exercise slighdy. This morg I told you to cout "one" as you in haled and "to" as you exaled. Hereafter I want you to cout "one" only on the exhalaton, so that one ful breath [ialation and exhalaton] wl be "one.

It is advisable to do zazen facing a wall, a curtain, or the le. Don't sit too far from the wall nor wit your nose up against it; the ideal distnce is from to to te feet. Likewise, don't sit where you have a sweping vew, for it is distracting, or where you look out on a pleasant landscape, which wl tempt you to leave of zazen in order to admire it.

I this connecton it is important to remember that although you eyes are open you are not actually trying to see. For all these reasons it is wisest to sit facing a wall. However, i you happen to be doing zazen formally in a Rzai temple, you wll have no choice but to sit facing others, as t is the established custom in that sect.

I the beginning, i possible, select a room that is quiet as well as clean and tidy, one whch you can regard as sacred. For the ordiary healthy person the answer is no; there are any number of reasons why it i difct to kep te mind in proper tension on a bed. A bedridde person, of course, has no choice. You wl probably fnd that natral sound, lie those of isect or birds or runnig water, w not disturb you, neiter wl the rhytnic tcking of a clock nor the pur of a motor. Sudden noises, however, like the roar of a jet, are jarrig.

But rhyc sound you ca mke use o One student of mine actlly attined e lghtenment by utilizng the sound of te steady threshing of rice while he was doing zazen. The most objectonable sound are thos of huan voice, either heard decdy or over the radio or television. When you start zazen, therefore, fd a room which is distant from such sound. When your sittg has ripeed however, no noi wl disturb you.

Beide keping your room clean ad ordrly you should deorate it wt fowers and bum incense, since these, by conveyng a see of te pue and the holy, mae it easier for you to relate yoursel to zaen and tus to ca and un you md more quickly. Wear simple, comfortble clothing tat w give you a feeling of dignty and purty. I the evenig it is better not to wear night clothes, but if it is hot and a queston of either doig zazen i pajamas or not doing it at al, by al mean wer te pajamas.

But mae yoursl clen ad tidy. The room ought not to be too lght or too dark. You can put up a dark cut i it is too lght, or you can u a sma electc bulb if it is nght. The efect of a dark room is te same as closin you eyes: The best condition i a sort of twight.

Re member, Buddhist zazen does not aim at rendering the md inactve but at quietng and uifg it i the mdt of actvty. A room tat is neither too hot in sumer nor too cold in wintr is idea.

Punishing te body is not the purpose of zazen, so it i un necesary to struggle with extreme of heat or cold. Experience h show, however, that one can do better zazen when he fels slghdy cool; too hot a room tend to make one sleepy. As your ardor fot zzn deens you wnaturaly beome unconcered about cold or heat. Nevertheles, it i wise to tke care of your healt. For te eager and determed any time of day and al seasons of the year are equally good.

But for those who have jobs or profession te best time is either morg or evening, or better stll, both. Tr to sit every morg, preferably before breakfast, and just before going to bed at night.

But if you can sit only once-and you should sit at least once a day-you will have to consider the relatve merits of morg and eveg. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. If you fnd tat eiter morg or evenng is equally good and you ask whch I recommend because you can sit ony once a day , I would say the morg, for the following reasons. No visitors come eary in the mornng, whereas i the evening you are lkely to be interrupted. Also, moring-at any rate, in the cit-is much queter tan eveng since fewer cars are on the steets.

Fuermore, because i the mor ing you are reted and somewhat hungry, you are in good condition for zaze, whereas in the evenng, when you are ted and have had your mel, you are likey to be du er. Since it is difcult to do zaze on a ful stomach, it is better not to sit immediately after a meal when you are a beginner. Before a mel, however, zazen can be practced to good advantage.

As your zeal grows it won't matter when you sit, before, after, or during a meal. How long shoud you do zazen at one sitng? There is no general rule, for it varies accordng to te degree of one's eageress as well as the matuity of one's practice. For novices a shorter tme is better. If you sit devotedly fve minutes a day for a month or to, you wl want to increase your sittng to ten or more mnutes as your ardor grows. When you are able to sit with your mnd taut for, say, thrty minutes wthout pain or discomfort, you wl come to appreciate the feeling of tranquty and well-being induced by zazen and will wat to practce regularly.

For tese reasons I recommend that beginners sit for shorter periods of time. On te oter hand, should you force yourself fom the begng to sit for longer periods, the pain in you legs may well become unbearable before you acqure a calm mnd. Thu you will quickly tre of zazen, feeing it to be a waste of time, or you will always be watcng the clock. I the end you will come to dislike zazen and stop sittng altogether. Ths is what frequenty happens.

You must not coWt absent-midedly or mechanically, as though it were a duty. I spite of your being able to sit for an hour or more with a feeing of exqusite seenit, it is wse to limt you sitting to periods of about trty or fort minutes each. Ordnariy it is not advsable to do zazen longer ta t at one sittg, since te mind cannot sustan it vigor and tautes and te value of the sittng decreases.

Wheter one realizes it or not, a gradual dinuton of the mind's concentrative intensity takes place. For t reason it is better to alterate a thirty or forty-minute period of sitting with a roWd of walg zazen. Following this patter, one can do zazen for a fll day or even a wee wit good resuts. The longer zzen contnues, however, te more tme shoud be spent in walng zazen. I fact, one might advanta geously add periods of manual labor to ths route, as hs bee done in te Zen temple since olden tmes.

Needless to say, you must keep your mind in a state of clear awareness dung such manual labor and not allow it to become lax or dul.

A word about food. It is better to eat no more tan eghty pecet of your capacity. A Japanee proverb has it that eight part of a fu stomach sustain the ma; te other two sustain te doctor. Te Zazen Yojinki Precautons to Obsere in Zazen , compiled about years ago, says you should eat two-thirds of your capacity.

It fer says that you should coose nourishing vegetables of couse meat-atng is not in the tradition of Buddhism and it was taboo when the Yojinki was written such as moWtai potatoes, seame, sour plwn, black beans, mushrooms, and the root of the lot; and it aso recommends various kids of seaweed, which are hghy nutri tous and leave an alaline residue in the body. Now, I am no author ity on vtamis and minerals and calories, but it is a fact tat most people today eat a diet whch creates too much acid in the blood, and a great ofender in this respect is meat.

Eat more vegetab1es of te kind mentoned, which are alalic in teir efect. I anciet days tere was a yang-yin diet.

The yang was te alkaline and te yin te acid, and te old books cautoned tat a diet ought not be eiter too yang or too yin. I you do not jot these thgs dow, they will worry you ad thus i terfere wit your concetaton. Before I begin I will assign you a new way of concentration. Instead of coutg your exhalatons, as heretofore, count "one" on the frst ialation, "two" on te next ihalation, and so on, up to ten.

This is more difcult than coutig on the ex halaton, because all mental and physical actvity is performed on the exhaled breat. For instance, just before poucig animals take a breath. This prciple is well know in kendo fecing and judo fght ing, where one is taught that by carefully observing hs opponent's breathing his attack can be antcipated. While this exercise is dfcult, you mut try to practce it as another means of concentratg your md.

Untl you come before me again you are to concentrate on countg te ihalations of your breat, not audibly but in te md only. Makyo are te phenomena-visions, halluciatons, fantasie, rev elatons, i uory sensation-which one practcing zazen is apt to experiece at a particular stage in his sitting.

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Ma means "dev" and kyo "the objective world. Thee phenomena are not iheretly bad. They become a seriou obstacle to practce only if one is ignorant of their tre natre and is ensnared by tem. The word makyo is used in both a general ad a specifc sense. Broadly speaking, te entire life of te ordiary man is nothig but a makyo. Eve such Bodhisattas as Monju and Karman, highly developed though they are, still have about them traces of makyo; otherwise they would be supreme Buddhas, completely fee of mayo.

One who becomes attached to what he realizes through satori i also still lingerig in the world of makyo. I te specifc s te nuber of mako which can appear are in fact uted, varying accordg to te personalit and tepera ment of the sitter. I the Ryogon [Surangama] sutra t Buddha wars of fy diferent kd, but of course he is referring ony to te commonest.

If you attend a sessh of fom fve to seven days' dura ton and apply yoursel assiduouly, on te third day you are lkely to experence makyo of varying degrees of itenity. Besides those whch involve the vsion there are numerou makyo whch relate to the sense of touch, smell, or hearig, or which sometmes caue the body suddenly to move from side to sid or forward and backward or to lean to one side or to appear to sin or rse.

Not infrequetly words burst forth uncontrollably or, more rarely, one imagies he is smelg a partcuarly fagrant perue. There are even cases where without conscious awareness one wites dow things which tum out to be prophetcaly true. Very common are visual halucinatons. You are doing zazen wit your eyes open whe suddeny the ridges of the straw mattg in front of you seem to be heaving up and dow like waves.

Or wit out warg eerythg may go white beore your eyes, or black. A knot i te wood of a door may suddeny appear as a beast or de mon or angel. One disciple of mine often ued to see visions of masks -demons' masks or jesters' masks. I asked h whether he hd ever had any particuar experience of masks, and it ted out that he had see them at a fetival in Kyuhu1 when he was a chd.

Another ma I knew was extremely troubled in his practce by vsions of Buddha and h disciples walng around hm recitg sutras, and was only able to dispel te hallucinaton by jumping into a tank of ice-old water for to or three mutes. Many makyo involve the hearing. One may hear the sound of a piano or loud noises, suc as an explosion whch is heard by no one els , and actly jump. One discple of me always ued to hear te sound of a bamboo fute whe doing zazen.

He had leared to play the bamboo fute many years before, but had long sice give it up; yet always the sound came to h whe he was stting. This happens becaue the breat is not well harmonized [wit the mnd] and needs to be carefuly reguated.

The disciple may develop te facuty of seeing though solid objects as tough they were tran paret, or he may experience his ow body as a translucet substance.

He may see Buddhas ad Bodhisatas. Penetatng insights may sud dey come to hm, or passages of sutras whch were partcuarly difcult to understand may suddeny become luminouly clear to him. Althese abnormal visions and sensatons are merely the symptoms of an impairmet arising from a maladjustmet of the mind with the breath. I te Nichiren sect, for example, the devotee loudly and re peatedly invokes te name of te Lotu suta, to the accompaniment of vigorou body movements, and feels he has thereby puged him self of hs deements.

I varying degree these practces induce a felng of wel-being, yet from the Zen point of view all are morbid state dvoid of true religious signicance and hence ony makyo.

What is the essental nature of these distubing phenomena we call makyo? They are temporary mental states which arise duing zazen when our abilty to concetate hs deveoped to a certain point and ou practce is begiing to ripen.


Whe the tought-waves whch wax and wane on te surface of the sixth class of consciousness are partialy calmed, residual eleents of past experieces '1odged" in the seventh and eighth classes of conciousness bob up sporadically to the surface of te mind, conveying the feeling of a greater or ex panded relity.

Makyo, accordgy, are a me of the real and the ue, not unle ordnar deams. Jut as dreams do not appear to a person in deep sleep but only when he is half-asleep and half awake, so makyo do not come to those in deep concentration or samad. Never be tempted into tg that these phenomena are rel or that te vsions themselves have ay meaning. Hece there is no reason to feel elated about such mkyo. And similarly, whatever horrible monsters may appear to you, there is no cause whatever for alarm.

Above all, do not alow yourself to be entced by vsions of the Buddha or of gods blessing you or comunicating a divne message, or by makyo involving prophecies which turn out to be tue.

This is to squander your eergies in the foolish pursut of the inconsequental. But such visions are certaiy a sign tat you are at a crucial point in your sitting, and that if you exert yourself to the utmost, you can surely experience kensho. Tradtion states that even Shayamuni Buddha just before his own awakening experienced iumerable makyo, whch he termed "obstructing devls.

Unless you lear to dis tinguish between them, you are liely to err on decisive points, such as whether or not satori is necessar to Zen, whether Zen involves te complete absence of discusive thought, ad the like.

The truth is that among the many tyes of Zen there are some which are profound and some shallow, some that lead to enlightenent and some that do not. It is said that during te tme of the Budda there were ninety or ninet-fve schools of philosophy or religion in exst ence. Each school had its partcular mode of Zen, and each was slightly diferent from the others.

All great religions embrace some measure of Zen, since religion needs prayer and prayer needs concentration of mind. The teachings of Confucius and Mencius, ofLao-tzu and Chuang-tzu, all these have their ow elements of Ze.

Indeed, Zen is spread over many diferet actvties of life, such a the tea ceremony, Noh, kendo, judo. I Japan, startng with the Meiji Restoration, less than a hundred years ago, and continuing up to the present, there have sprung up a number of teachgs and disciplines with elements of Zen in them. All these diferent metods of concentraton, almost limtless in number, come under the broad headg of Zen.

Rater tan try to specif them all, I am going to discus the five main divisions of Ze as classied by Keiho-zenji, one of the early Zen masters in China, whose categorie, I fel, are stl valid and useful. Outwardly these five kinds of Zen scarcely dif er. There may be slight variatons in the way the legs are crossd, te hands folded, or the breathing reg uated, but common to a are three basic eements: Begners ne d to ber in md, however, that in t substane and purpose of these various type there are distnct diferences.

These dif ereces are crucial to you when you come before me in dvidully to state your aspiraton, for tey wlenable you to defne your goal cleary te bettr tat I may assign you the practce ap propriate to it. The frst of these types we call bompu or "ordinary" Zen as op posed to te other four, each of which can be thought of as a special kind of Ze suitable for t partcular aims of diferent indivduals.

Bompu Zen, being free from any philosophic or religious content, is for anybody and everybody. It is a Zen practced puely in the belief tat it can improve both physical and mental health.

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However, these teachings are not limited to compassion Why meditate? On what? And how? In his latest book Why Meditate? As a molecular geneticist turned Buddhist monk, Ricard brings a wholly unique perspective to the practice of meditation. Nedladdningar Bok Gratis Why Meditate? Reading the sutra helps bring peace to the world, promotes healing, gives great protection, and most importantly, plants the seed of enlightenment. The Perfect Human Rebirth: Who is qualified to practice it? How should it be practiced?

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