Siska,

This is what all zen teaching is about - getting to that state of 'no mind'.  
Japanese Zen Buddhism has terms for this state.  The first 'glimpse' of 'no 
mind' or 'no self' or 'Buddha Mind' is called 'kensho'.  It comes unexpectedly 
and lasts only a brief time.  This may be the experiences you described in your 
post below.

As you continue zen practice you may experience some very intense versions of 
this called 'satori'.  After kensho and satori your continued zen practice will 
deepen and lengthen this state, and eventually integrate it into your everyday 
life (or perhaps its more accurate to say you will integrate your everyday life 
into Buddha Mind.  Eventually you can even re-integrate intellectualizations in 
Buddha Mind.

How do you do this?, you asked.  As I said above, this is what zen teaching is 
about.  The direct answer to your question is zazen.  More indirect methods are 
koan study, chanting, bowing, washing dishes, mowing the lawn...anything done 
with your full attention and focus can be your zen practice and can lead to 
this state.

...Bill!  

From: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:zen_fo...@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Siska
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 1:02 PM
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [Zen] Zen, Self, I, Me and Mine

  
Hi Bill,
 
Thanks for taking time to explain.
 
> When someone has 'awakened' they are opened up to direct experience. This is 
> done by shutting down your discriminating, rational mind which is usually 
> always busy filtering, augmenting, categorizing, judging, etc... experiences. 
 
My experience so far has been the rational mind can be absence, especially 
during sitting or other time, but this mostly happens unexpected, out of 
sudden. I have no idea it can be shut down at will. How do you do that? Will I 
be able to do that if I do zen meditation?
 
siska

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From: billsm...@hhs1963.org <billsm...@hhs1963.org>
Subject: RE: [Zen] Zen, Self, I, Me and Mine
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Thursday, 28 October, 2010, 7:31
  
Siska,

I purposefully did not jump right in and answer your question about Buddha. I 
knew there'd be plenty of others who would respond to that. But, your comments 
in the attached post prompt me to respond.

Buddha does mean 'the awakened one' in Sanskrit - at least that's what I've 
been told. It's also a title when used in someone's name - like Siddhartha 
Gautama Buddha.

When someone has 'awakened' they are opened up to direct experience. This is 
done by shutting down your discriminating, rational mind which is usually 
always busy filtering, augmenting, categorizing, judging, etc... experiences. 
The 'awakening' part would be akin to someone who has been living in a dream 
(samsara, a world of illusions) but has now awakened.

...Bill!

From: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:zen_fo...@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
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To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Zen] Zen, Self, I, Me and Mine

Hi Ed, Bill,

I just remember reading somewhere, long time ago that Buddha literally means 
the awakened one. If I google the term for definition, I'd probably find 
something like this too (among others), which means that Buddha is the one who 
is awakened instead of direct experience.

So I think I'm going to skip all the definitions and allow this mind to 
perceive whatever is when reading your posts. Sound like a lot more fun :-)

siska
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Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:25:33 +0700
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Subject: RE: [Zen] Zen, Self, I, Me and Mine

Ed,

‘One’ does not experience Buddha.

The term ‘Buddha’ and ‘direct experience’ are the same thing. Buddha is
direct experience.

‘One’ (self) is not present.

…Bill!

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Of ED
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:03 AM
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
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Whatever one experiences 'Buddha' to be.
--ED

--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, <billsm...@...> wrote:
>
> Ed,
> 
> Your question: "What on earth is not an illusion?" is what zen is all
about!
> 
> All thoughts and concepts of the discriminating mind (the rational mind
that
> creates dualisms such as self/other, subject/object and makes judgments
such
> as good/bad, right/wrong) are illusions.
> 
> Only direct experience is not illusory. 'Direct' means before the
> experience goes through the discriminating mind and gets processed there
> (filtered, augmented, named, categorized, assigned a value, etc...). Zen
> Buddhism calls this 'Buddha Mind' or 'Buddha Nature'. Joshu called it 'Mu'
> and 'The Oak Tree in the Garden'. Ummon called it 'A Dried Shit-Stick'.
> Gutei just held up his index finger. I call it 'Just THIS!'.
> 
> So I now ask you: What is Buddha?
> 
> ...Bill!

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