[image: Inline image 1] Sumi painting by Shunryo Suzuki Zen Master Dogen got the Soto Zen practice from his teacher in China - Dogen was a master linguist and the author of 'Shobogenzo' in which he describes in detail the Soto Zen practice - sitting meditation. In Dogen's Zen practice, the primary realization is the *oneness* of practice-enlightenment. The practice of zazen and the experience of enlightenment are one and the same - there is no difference - no duality.According to Georg Feurerstein, the Buddha Shakya the Muni was the first historical yogin in India - Buddha taught meditation that was transcendental.
It' s like a Zen koan: "Wind flag, mind moves, The same understanding. When the mouth opens All are wrong." - Mumon The practice of 'just sitting' is non-different from the enlightenment - there is no gap between your practice and your enlightenment. Just sitting IS enlightenment. Zazen is not step-by-step process - it is all-at-once or nothing at all. There are no steps along the way. According to Shunryo Suzuki, a master in the Soto Zen sect, meditation is 'zazen', regular sitting, based on the teachings of Zen Master Dogen. It's just like TM practice, sitting meditation. Anyone who has practiced TM and Soto Zen knows this - it's pretty common knowledge without even going into any linguistics. Dogen Kigen: Fifty-four years lighting up the sky. A quivering leap smashes a billion worlds. Hah! Entire body looks for nothing. Living, I plunge into Yellow Springs. Exerpt: "Once we turn our eyes from Japan to the Western scene, we find that virtually nothing has been introduced concerning Dogen - this is unfortuenant indeed, given that ignorance of Soto Zen is tantamount to ignorance of Dogen, its founder." Ken Wilber says that Zen practice is very similar to TM practice. Apparently Wilber's parents have started TM practice some time ago. Wilber ascribes to the 'two truths doctrine' of Nagarjuna. For Wilber no metaphysical doctrine or apparent reality is true in an absolute sense: only formless awareness, "the simple feeling of being," exists absolutely. Works cited: 'The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice' by Georg Feuerstein and Ken Wilbur Hohm Press, 2001 'Dogen Kigen--Mystical Realist' by Hee-Jin Kim Wisdom Publications, 2004 'A Brief History of Everything' By Ken Wilber Shambhala, 2007 Page 42-3 On Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 8:49 PM, <s3raph...@yahoo.com> wrote: > > > There is simply nothing better than 60-s blah blah > > > Yes. Alan Watts, D. T. Suzuki and Krishnamurti turned the world upside > down. (At least my inner world.) And lets not forget MMY's Science of > Being and Art of Living. Though not in the same league it was an original > and optimistic work. > > >