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Following is a new series, serial, storyline, a lifelong practice intertwined with the work. Beginning where Field Of Weeds left off, itself a realization of what The Zen Revolution uncovered: The archetype of the field of weeds.

I first encountered this in nature. I've always been attracted to abandoned fields, where the natural forces won against someone’s idea. No more clean lines and monotonous order, instead a swirling chaos of weeds and flowers, so beautifully arranged. A stand of trees, all the intersecting branches and scattered light moving in the wind -- there’s some meaning beyond the simple fact that it exists. It conveys something of the place from which it came.

It became alive in me. I first noticed when I had to do the morning bell chant at Musangsa, solo. I’m not a vocalist. I don’t have any natural ability with the voice. I could do it, but not clearly. Out of desperation, I recalled the sunlight through the trees, and I found my voice. It took a few years for me to understand this. My voice became the same as the sunlight through the trees. When I chanted from that place, it conveyed the same information. Then it slowly began to dawn on me that I should live this way.

I've moved from Seoul. For most of the year I'm living and training at Baekdamsa, a large temple-complex in a deep forest of the inner Sorak Valley. It’s where Man Hae (1879-1944) attained enlightenment and wrote the manifesto for the Korean independence movement. Since I’ll be there for the next four years, and largely offline, these blog posts are automated. I’m completely off-line until the end of August.

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IMHO, the reason for all of our diseases are the tense nervous system. Our body is very tense because of this. Psychosomatics! But if we learn to relax your mind, the body will recover itself. Our body has an innate self-healing mechanism.

IMHO, First, our internal resource will be spent on self-healing of the body.. After the self-healing of the body, our internal resource begins to develop more interesting things.: it will begin to develop the latent subtle function and services of our body. As we have a lot of interesting things! But the unknown and mysterious power can not express themselves because they are in their infancy and the undeveloped state - they do not have the internal resource, that resource until we need it for health. But when we relax and learn to live in a relaxed state, the first internal resource that will heal us, and then begin the development of higher and more complex nervous, mental, and spiritual functions!

At first I did not realize it. What kind of internal resource everyone says? But then I realized ... When we are less often the skin, then first is bleeding, but then the blood ceases to move. When a speck of dust falls to us in the eye, then it follows, along with a tear. And so on ...

I learned how to relax through meditation. I began to study meditation exercises in a complex, systemically. I was 10 years of meditation school Wu Chan Zhong Qigong and the result has made a very good health, never get tired. Within three months of practice I have ceased to swell and hurt his feet, half a year has passed, and varicose veins for 10 years I have never had a headache, but before I had a terrible migraine attacks once a week. I now live, and feel the bliss, I want to fly. I look at 28 years, no one guessed that I was bigger. And actually I have 41!

Several years ago I met a group of people who also wanted to study the practice of qigong. It was very interesting to see how they change! The best part is that qigong is universal. Tablets are selective for each disease need a special tool.

A Qigong heals all diseases.
This is because the cure is, of course, not the qigong. Qigong just leads our internal resources in order to optimize it, allows you to wake up to our own, natural self-healing mechanisms. And there's nothing more powerful than our own resources, which has been coined for millions of years of evolution.

http://en.dzendo.org

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QIGONG - http://en.dzendo.org - is very interesting and informative website about Meditation!


Meditation - the most important method of this school Qigong.

http://en.dzendo.org/index.php?load=stat&cat=10 will be interesting to anyone interested in the topic, even if not engaged in Qigong, and any other system of self-development: Yoga, Zen, Buddhism, Taoism.

 MEDITATION QIGONG VIDEO TUTORIALS - it's COOOOL!!!

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Seng-Ts'an: The Mind of Absolute Trust
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shannonkringen
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he meditates near waves
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i highly recommend this fascinating talk by deepak chopra: especially the question & answers at the end http://bit.ly/3xygUl
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To make the long story short, there’s a possibility my thesis theme will be something like this:

“Analysis of the effect of zen in kyuudou (Japanese archery) on the changing of the character of Sannoumaru from manga (Japanese comic) Natural by Minako Narita”

So, since i don’t know where to start, I’d start by asking these question that pop up in my mind:

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I might give up on this theme if it’s proven to be too painful in the neck… or too stupid>_<
Any comment and suggestion is welcomed (please>_<)
Thank you very much.
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lebeau1206
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I am frequently in Paris (usually over the weekend and was wondering if there is a zen group or general buddhist group that might accept visitors. Je parle francais. Merci
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I've been told by yoga and meditation instructors and naturopathic doctors that inhalation is controlled by sympathetic innervation, and exhalation is parasympathetic. Based in this, we are taught to change our meditation breathing based on whether we desire to emphasize activation or calming. The idea is that by extending the inhale and shortening the exhale, you increase your sympathetic activity. More often the idea of extending the exhale to double or more the length of the inhale is used, to help us release the stresses of modern life.

My question is this: It seems reasonable to me and I do believe that the autonomic innervation of breathing is as they say. My issue comes with the fact that by intentionally altering our breathing pattern, we are no longer breathing autonomically, or automatically. We have shifted over to another pathway for governing breathing, that starts at the frontal cortex with our will, instead of in the medullary (brainstem) breathing center. Are these new pathways also sympa/parasympathetic? Or not?

Based on my own experience (I breathe a lot) I would say that exhalation is only parasympathetic when you release and let the body do it autonomically. When I intentionally extend my exhale it no longer feels as relaxing to me. Anybody have more knowledge or experience with this???

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hello friends,

has anyone gone to naropa university? i want to study art therapy there maybe next fall. im having difficulty deciding if its worth it or not. i dont want to be tied down to a debt (which is inevitable with any grad program, i know).

im wondering if the program, people, place... are all they seem to be...i guess it would be different for everyone.

should i commit now or should i travel and explore more because i will be paying off an insane amount of debt to a school that wont give me the education it promises. will the education there prepare me for my future or should i look into other programs.

as of now, naropa, prescott in arizonia and southwestern college in new mexico are the programs i most interested in....

thanks for your thoughts...
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I'm having trouble with both. I can't seem to find any reputable zen meditation groups or masters in the united kingdom. Within a few hour's distance, I can find a small fortnightly New Kadampa Tradition group.
I can't find anything on buddhanet. I'm willing to travel throughout england.

Do any of you know of any useful resources? 
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eoswildcat
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I am planning a Master's thesis on art in Zen Buddhism and how it is related to/ is used as meditative practice...

I was wondering how I could find out what arts are most closely related to what schools?/lineages?
If I can narrow it down to one or two lineages that would be helpful.

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Found a great relaxation video.. This really  helped me to calm down during a hard working day!

Zen garden Video

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Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
made a video-clip, which has been placed on youtube, there named 'Mipham - What about me'. In order to get closer to the essence of the message, I wrote down what I thought I heard him say. I'd like someone or 'some more' to correct mistakes, fill in what I missed and/or explain some sentences. Would you?

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I caught the second half of American Public Media's radio program, Speaking of Faith, this morning and thought folks in this community would be interested.

The program is called Burma Buddhism and Power and is described as:
"A look inside the spiritual culture of Burma, exploring the meaning of monks taking to the streets there in September, the way in which religion and military rule are intertwined, and how Buddhism remains a force in and beyond the current crisis."

It features an interview with Ingrid Jordt, "an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, former Buddhist nun, and author of Burma's Mass Lay Meditation Movement."

I found her words about the bravery of the Buddhist monks, as well as her take on the need for compassion in confronting oppression, incredibly powerful and moving.

Here's the website, which includes a link to hear the radio program as well as to hear the complete interview with Jordt (they couldn't fit the entire interview into the hour-long show):
http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/burma/index.shtml

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here is an odd post for this community, but thought you lot might be able to help! i am restringing my mala and i am having trouble getting the cord through the end bead where it has to make a 90 degree turn. i got one side in but now i can't get the other. i'm using stretchy cord, if that makes a difference. any tips and/or tricks are appreciated!

EDIT: i ended up tying thread to the stretchy cord and it worked like a charm! i pulled the cord through with no problem. thanks everyone for their advice!
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"Recently a correspondent asked 'Why doesn't Zen speak to the apocalyptic upheavals our planet is undergoing, as Tibetan prophesies do?' I replied that in Zen we seek what underlies and infuses the world of karma and time, including even apocalyptic events, and view the phenomenon themselves, as in a dream. Grounded in the dojo of the Buddha, we live in this dream world. Buddha-nature in personal terms is fundamental rest, fundamental peace. In our dream of apocalyptic upheavals we not only find peace, we practice peace, present peace, right here in the midst of the most miserable karma - not separate from it."

- Robert Aitken Roshi

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this morning during meditation, i was really trying extra hard to concentrate, hold my mantra, etc. don't know if this is why i experienced what i did, but here goes. thoughts started arising, as they do, but this time they weren't thoughts from my life. they were as if from a dream. they were complete thoughts as if they were part of my daily life, but then later on i realized, wait a minute, that didn't make any sense! there were only a few, they were all separate and only about 1 thought long (i.e. i didn't get sucked into a cycle of thinking/daydreaming).

in the school i practice with, there is the idea of 9 consciousnesses (sorry, i'm ignorant as to whether this is a common idea or not). the 8th one is for dreams. is it possible i tapped into that? has anyone experienced this or have thoughts on it? it's not bothering me in the slightest, i just find it fascinating.
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Just breathe. <3 I love you all.
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