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First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby dbranch on Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:33 am

Nervous and excited.
I'm ready to put down the books about Zen and go see what it's all about in person!
Hoping my back won't give out during the meditation session.
Hoping my social anxiety / PTSD won't get in the way.
Guessing the people will be friendly and somewhat reserved.
Was done with the fake niceness of Christian Scientists (my parent's religion).

Got a few new books....
Thomas Merton - "mystics and zen masters"
Alan Watts - "The way of zen"
Brad Warner - "Sit down and shut up"
Ruben Habito - "Living Zen, Loving God"
and some others...
any book recommendations? :)

Wish me luck.

David
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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby Nothing on Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:07 am

Good luck David and all the best :)

Guo Gu - The Essence of Chan, very good little book, clear and succinct.

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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby desert_woodworker on Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:48 pm

Best wishes, David!

dbranch wrote:any book recommendations? :)

You can help yourself if you give good attention regularly to the body.

I can recommend physical Yoga, and you may have a yoga school or two near you. This practice will be great for helping you establish comfort and relaxation in whatever posture you choose for zazen.

And physical yoga and other physical practice(s) have many more effects besides that contribute to health and stability, which can help our zazen.

BTW, even if you have an already-established yoga practice, it can be good to take occasional classes, because of the "sangha" aspect that there is in a class, which strengthens everybody's practice.

"Take good care of yourself!", as Ch'an and Zen Buddhist people historically say to each other,

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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby Caodemarte on Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:00 pm

:Namaste:
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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby lobster on Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:37 am

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I did not get a chance to wish you luck. :heya:

Hope it went well?

I rather like your book list. Sounds good. I tend to do all my reading online ...

As my preference is sitting practice rather than reading ... perhaps this might be a compromise link ...
http://opcoa.st/0fGcW
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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby dbranch on Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:36 am

lobster wrote::hide:

I did not get a chance to wish you luck. :heya:

Hope it went well?

I rather like your book list. Sounds good. I tend to do all my reading online ...

As my preference is sitting practice rather than reading ... perhaps this might be a compromise link ...
http://opcoa.st/0fGcW


My first visit was an interesting experience. The student teacher had some problem and didn't show up to open up the center. The main teacher drove up after everyone besides me and one other person left. )He usually gives a q&a at the end of beginner's night).

So I got a Zen lesson from a Japanese Zen master! Pretty cool. He taught me zazen and I've been practicing every day.
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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby Avisitor on Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:58 pm

dbranch wrote:So I got a Zen lesson from a Japanese Zen master! Pretty cool. He taught me zazen and I've been practicing every day.


That's is wonderful.
Keep practicing.
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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:41 pm

David,

dbranch wrote:So I got a Zen lesson from a Japanese Zen master!

Anybody we know?

best,

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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby dbranch on Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:28 am

desert_woodworker wrote:David,

dbranch wrote:So I got a Zen lesson from a Japanese Zen master!

Anybody we know?

best,

--Joe


He is Rosan Yoshida from Missouri Zen Center. Dunno if you know about him.
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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby TTT on Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:21 am

Hi David.

Do you eat medicin?

Here is some information on Rosan

http://www.missourizencenter.org/aboutUs.html#Rosan

I did not read the info myself but i can do that.

I myself suffer from a psyciatric disorder and i take my medicin daily. Thats whay i am asking. Thanks!

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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:25 pm

dbranch wrote:He is Rosan Yoshida from Missouri Zen Center. Dunno if you know about him.

Thanks, David.

Nonin Roshi, a Soto Zen Buddhist teacher here at ZFI likely knows your teacher well: both are heirs of Katagiri Roshi.

I note that your teacher attended Columbia, my alma mater, and that he and I are nearly the same age, with your Roshi probably two years older than I am. He took his M. Phil. in the year of my B.A.

David, I think you are a very lucky man to have this teacher.

Strong practice,

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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby Caodemarte on Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:50 pm

Sounds great! A real live person to discuss your questions with is so helpful and a wonderful opportunity. :buddha:
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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby Chrisd on Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:03 pm

nice, enjoy :heya:
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Re: First Zen center visit on Monday!

Postby lobster on Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:50 pm

dbranch wrote:So I got a Zen lesson from a Japanese Zen master! Pretty cool. He taught me zazen and I've been practicing every day.


:dance: Wow :)X

One small sit for a zennith. One giant leap for finger pointing ... ;)

Good stuff.

Learn. Apply. Repeat. :rbow: Soon you will have Nothing to say ... like the cool kids :>.>: :buddha: :O:

I can hardly wait to hear ... :hugs:
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