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zazen for the paraplegic?

Postby kowey on Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:05 pm

(cross-posted from Zen Buddhism forum on suggestion, apologies for the mess; no pb if you need to clean up after me, mods)

Disclaimer, I don't know if I'm using correct terminology here; I mean here “ paralysed from the chest down”

I saw this technical post on the zen reddit, somebody claiming to find the zazen posture difficult as they are paralysed from the chest down, and asking for help. They've heard about the idea of doing zazen standing/lying down and wanted to know if there was something for them.

Thought this would be of interest in case anybody has experience with this sort of scenario. I can relay messages (to an extent) to the reddit if you want.
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Re: zazen for the paraplegic?

Postby Nonin on Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:38 pm

kowey,

Are you in a wheelchair or confined to a bed? You can practice zazen in either place. What would be best is for you to connect with a teacher in your area. Are there Zen Buddhist practices places in your area? It wouldn't matter what tradition. If you are mobile in a chair, many practice places, especially if they are medium to large, have ADA access. If the place doesn't and / or you are confined, I'm sure that the teacher there would visit you and get you started. Check the following websites for practice places in your area:

http://www.americanzenteachers.org
http://www.buddhanet.net

If you need more info, go to our temple website listed on my signature line below and email me at our temple email address. I wouldn't take any zazen practice advice given on online sources, including this forum, unless it is given by either one of the teachers participating here or on a website posted by a practice place, such as Zen Mountain Monastery.

Hands palm-to-palm,

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Re: zazen for the paraplegic?

Postby kowey on Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:23 pm

Thanks, Nonin! I'm fine/fully-intact myself and am merely passing the question on from a different forum. I'll relay your suggestion to get in touch with a local teacher (and offer to provide more info if not).
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Re: zazen for the paraplegic?

Postby Denko on Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:34 am

Posture of mind rather than posture of body is what 'counts'.
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