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zazen for paraplegic?

Postby kowey on Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:09 pm

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 paraplegic?

Postby partofit22 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:45 pm

hi- you can also post your question in the ASK A TEACHER section- :)
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Re: zazen for paraplegic?

Postby kowey on Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:21 pm

Oh, this actually sounds like it might be appropriate for that forum, now that you mention it. Cross-posted, thanks!
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Re: zazen for paraplegic?

Postby Avisitor on Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:54 pm

As I have learned it, meditation can be done while sitting, walking, running, or lying down
The important thing is the practice.
If you have a teacher then listen to your teacher.
Otherwise, here is a start.

The practice is simple and should be done in a position other than that used to sleep.
And is comfortable for a period of time (usually 30 minutes)
The mind is trained to sleep in that position and the introduction of something new may disturb sleep
Or, sleep may disturb the practice.

First bring your awareness to your breathe.
Breathe in ... say in. Breathe out .. say out. (silently in your mind)
When thoughts come, let them go. Bring your awareness back to breathe
Nothing is forced. We aren't trying to stop thought. We let it go.
Bring awareness back to breathe.

The practice is the awareness. Breathe is our lifeline to our awareness.
When we first start, there is lots of thoughts and many times we are lost in thoughts.
Just bring awareness back to breathe. After some time and practice, thoughts will slow and we can sense some quiet.
Bring awareness back to breathe and let things go. Your awareness will get better.

30 minutes per session and one or two sessions a day (ie, once in the morning and once at night).
Regular practice brings better results.
That is the start. A teacher can help with any questions you may come up with.

I hope that helped answer your question But, you should listen to the teachers here.
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Re: zazen for paraplegic?

Postby Nonin on Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:22 pm

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 paraplegic?

Postby Avisitor on Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:53 am

Nonin wrote: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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Oh you of little faith ...
What mountains must be climbed before a baby can take his first steps??

Who said,
Nonin wrote:No one has a lock on the truth.

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