In order to explain emptiness one must understand the principle of living in the moment, “rather than postponing life to some moment in the future”, Zen is practiced through the present moment, and what one derives from those experiences (Koller, 282). Dogen states that an individual must “Put [ones] whole mind into the practice of the Way. [Remembering] that [one] [is] only alive today in [the] moment”, which emphasizes the concept of oneness between experience and intellect (Koller, 282). One should not hinge on the past, or blindly dwell in the future; this will ultimately cause suffering to arise. These are merely, “delusions” until one garners the understanding and, “realization”, or form to construct the proper platform for life according to Zen (Genjo-Koan, 41).
Even though Siddhartha considers the Buddha as an enlightened, wise person, he believes that his teachings are unreliable. Gotama has found enlightenment through his own experience. Since Gotama’s followers cannot go through what he has experienced, he cannot transmit his wisdom to his followers. Indeed, knowledge can be gained from external sources, such as teachers and books; however, wisdom is spiritual and can be only found through experience. Siddhartha decides to not rely on the Buddha's teachings.
It is a way of life that brings one closer to the satori experience. Satori is the enlightenment itself and, thusly, the complete understanding of Zen’s truths. A very important part of Zen is its avoidance of making distinctions. In a world filled with apparent opposites. Zen recognizes that opposites are indeed merely apparent.
Only meditation (or rituals enacted "meditatively") is the correct soteriological and spiritual "means of attaining truth" (1970A, 94). Suzuki often uses the etymological identification between Zen and meditation, justifying Zen practice and the Zen school as being truly spiritual, spirituality being seen as a complementary counterpart to rationality and science. Zen meditation is the symbol of Zen modernity, it is both "scientific" (as a non-ritual technique to "pure experience") of reality, direct and unmediated) and "spiritual" (what is experienced is beyond language and conceptual knowledge). Zen is therefore also irrational (or anti-rational), and can only be experienced subjectively: "To study Zen means to have Zen experience" (1967, 123). Emphasizing the "special transmission outside the scriptures", kyoge betsuden, and the religious experience (keiken) in meditation, koan-practice and satori (kensho), Suzuki thus underlines the "Protestant" anti-ritualism and romanticist anti-intellectualism, while also giving room to a spiritual and "scientific", subjective and direct perception of psychological, ontological and epistemological "pure" and unmediated truths.
The Buddha has unselfishly delayed Nirvana in perfection to help those seek enlightenment in their life and throughout it. How my religion affects my daily life is the constant helping of those one day to reach the Pure Land, a land where you see no suffering, but you must forget all suffering of the natural world. Our scriptures and Buddha tell you what you must do and seek the inspiration as you forget of your daily despairs. Buddha is the icon of all Buddhists, meaning he is not a God, or an incarnation of God. Buddha is just a man, a mortal being who could face suffering like we can.
Thus, the realization of truth is also depends on his own. The freedom of thought of an individual allowed by the Buddha is unheard in other religions. Even though there is a big difference between Buddhism and other religious, the Buddha showed his embracement and peaceful mind. He thinks that one should not condemn other religions but should help all the others to grow. Then, the book addresses that Buddhism encourages people realizing the truth by seeing, knowing, understanding but not on faith or belief.
Analysis of Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen The book Buddhism Plain and Simple, by Steve Hagen, caught my attention and became more interesting to me than I thought. I have always heard of the religion Buddhism, but I never knew what it was all about. I never thought that Buddhism was as huge as it is. I knew that it existed in other countries, but I never knew what exact countries. Many of the views in this book surprised me and the book taught me a lot about morals and better ways to live your life.
There is no realization, no delusion, no sage, no mediocrity” (Rider and Company 55) reinforces the importance of openness. The ability to release any distractions such as mediocrity will push out negativity. According to the BBC, “The key to Buddhahood in Zen is simply self-knowledge” (“Zen Buddhism”). Finding oneself will lead to a true understanding of how each person as an individual finds happiness. Gaining self-knowledge requires the ability to relieve the mind and spirit of factors that act as obstacles such as grudges or minor inconveniences.
In Camus' presentation, it is the perpetual acceptance of the present moment that exposes the possibility of contentment. "For if there is a sin against life," says Camus, "it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and eluding the implacable grandeur of this life (Camus, 153)." This "contentment" is analogous with the primary principle of Zen practice. The essential purpose, in fact, of Zen meditation itself is to free the individual from attachments entirely. Buddhism theorizes that the... ... middle of paper ... ...ialism, the same success lies in the acceptance of absurdity.
Siddhartha explains that he doesn’t believe in teachers and doctrines because wisdom must be learned on your own. It is something that can be influenced but not communicated. Similarly, Chapter 17 of the Tao Te Ching describes that the way of th... ... middle of paper ... ...e intellectual man eventually fails because he is out of touch with the natural wisdom of listening and non-doing that he cannot value what he learns. Clearing one’s mind can result into every moment being an experience of enlightenment. The readings of The Tao Te Ching, Buddhists scriptures and Siddhartha all deal with different aspects of Buddhists and Taoist belief, but they also have certain points the connects one another.