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Meditation in Seon?

Postby Mojo Jojo on Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:16 pm

Is there a defacto style of meditation in Seon like Silent Illumenation or Shikantaza?

How about in Kwan Um? Or do they primarily do Koans in lieu of any other style?
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Re: Meditation in Seon?

Postby Kwanseum on Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:22 pm

The Seon schools uses Vipassana meditation, but uses Samatha meditation as a good starting point for newer practitioners. Basically, there are two typles of meditation (Chamseon): sitting (Jwaseon) and walking (Haengseon) and the aim of both is to reflect on oneself and gain insight.

Hwandu meditation can also form a big part of it although the method used will depend on the needs of the student, but all Zen students practice chamseon.

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Re: Meditation in Seon?

Postby Dan74 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:28 pm

I guess the main kind of meditation in Seon is Hwadu meditation or Ganhwa Seon. There is some info here:

http://koreanbuddhism.net/hwadu/
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Re: Meditation in Seon?

Postby Mojo Jojo on Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:41 pm

Thank you.
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Re: Meditation in Seon?

Postby Seeker242 on Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:38 am

Kwan Um centers in the USA generally focus on sitting, chanting and bowing. There is also koan practice and Hwadu. Beginners or newcomers are often started with a mantra for sitting and drop that for breathing or just sitting whenever it is felt that is appropriate. Koan practice is done also when there is an authorized teacher present which is most often during a retreat unless a center has a resident teacher. The main focus of the formal practice is sitting, chanting and bowing.

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