According to wikipedia
"Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that places great importance on moment-by-moment awareness and 'seeing deeply into the nature of things' by direct experience"
Moment-by-moment Awareness ... It is a moving statement,,, i must be missing something,, Can each of us ask the question, do we have moment-by-moment awareness, and what is that supposed to mean??
Let us move on.. Seeing deeply into the nature of things .. this is even more intereting!! it makes me feel joy when profound meaning are revealed after pausing at things and think about them rather than let them just fly by.
What is also more importnat is that Zen has been around for so long, but it went by me un-noticed for so long as well,,
The two lines of defitions mentioned above really cought my attention and are pushing me to further explore Zen in a practical way; maybe it sheds light onto shinny things that my mind just fails to see and enlighten me to see beyond what my direct senses can comprehend. If i can explore such things, it will make me more excited about life as i am just bored of the Normal issue that my 5 senses can reveal.
Here are some extracts from articles i read on the internet
"Zen trains the practitioner simply to observe plainly, quietly, and non-judgmentally the thoughts and feelings passing through the mind, instead of being pulled along reflexively by them.
With consistent practice paying bare, unembellished attention to the moment-by-moment flow, the practitioner begins to awaken from the cloud of aboutness and self-referential thinking that has built up through lifelong habit.
How can Zen be learned as part of a contemporary lifestyle?
In a sense, the practice of Zen is simply to stop thinking, by quietly relinquishing the inner mental dialogue within which we habitually wrap our experience.
Why do we seem to be trapped inside our own experience?
We can all say that "no matter where I go, there I am." At first that seems too obvious for comment, but on second thought why should our mental floor plan be set up this way?
What is the tiny observer that we call our "self", that peers out onto the world and into ourselves, and that reacts to what it sees? Is that observer who we are?
When a train of thought or a feeling passes through our mind, we can observe it within ourselves, but when we observe the observer within ourselves, then who or what is doing the observation?
Because our own experience is all we really know, we take ourselves so seriously that we seem almost to forget that an entire world exists outside ourselves. "
I feel happy because somehow i had these ideas in my mind, but somebody was able to organize the thoughts and have them written for me. I always believed that one should alway have enough tolerance to accept what his mind and senses fail to realize, as during my life i was stunned about things that i could not have believed if i had not experienced
(like gravity). The question is how many of these things really exist, but we, mankind, resist to believe just because our senses fail to directly realize (or because they have not been scientifically proven ........................wait ..YET ??) Religions clearly go under such category