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Does Shikantaza lead towards attaining Jhana, if not, is there any progression?

Of course you can. Think of the etymology - zen -> chan -> dhyana -> jhana. It's the same word bastardized and modified over the course of four languages. Zen is absorption practice. It's ...
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Is there anything akin to 'Jhana' in Zen Buddhism?

Zen and Jhana are the same word. Jhana is a word in the original spoken language. In Sanskrit it is written as Dhyana. Channa or Chan is how it came to Chinese language, and Zen is how it subsequently ...
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Law of attraction to reach enlightenment?

"Law of attraction" is, by its meaning, total Dhamma and all works on that. It's the "law of attraction" that keeps one in the wheel, and that of escape, with faith into liberation as alternative ...
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Is there anything akin to 'Jhana' in Zen Buddhism?

When a person doesn't eat, he gets hungry. When you drop a ball from the top of a parking deck, it falls. Likewise, when you watch your breath, a sign, or sit facing emptiness, the mind will ...
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Does Shikantaza lead towards attaining Jhana, if not, is there any progression?

Ven. Ajahn Brahm is widely recognized as an expert of samatha meditation leading to jhana from mindfulness of breathing, with his book, "Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond". I quote a part of ...
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What does "joy" mean in the phrase "dharma gate of great ease and joy"

When there is joy, when a person is full of happiness and joy, there is little chance for ‘Uddhacca’ & ‘Kukkucca’ to arise. These are two of the hinderances mentioned in the scriptures. ...
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Does Shikantaza lead towards attaining Jhana, if not, is there any progression?

Stop craving attainment and obsessing about attainments. Shikantaza is just sitting, no jhanas, no BS. You know you have this thorn stuck deep inside your heart, you want to be special, your want to ...
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Law of attraction to reach enlightenment?

As ChrisW said, this is a known vajrayana practice, congratulations on inventing it by yourself. It's called "generation-stage meditation", you can google it for more details.
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Law of attraction to reach enlightenment?

The law of attraction as you describe it sounds like it could be misunderstood: Imagining "being praised as a famous pianist" won't make a person famous, nor a pianist But imagining doing ...
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The mind during Shikantaza

Look, there is nothing special about Shikantaza or any other type of meditation. If you ask me honestly, I say that meditation is for fun really. You don't do it to achieve anything. In fact the idea ...
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Feeling concern for others but like my efforts in anything are wasted

I feel concern for others, but like my efforts in anything are wasted. Is there any practice I could engage in, to remedy the latter? Act of the betterment of other, but do not be attached to the ...
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Is this a passable translation of Dogen's "without thinking"?

Think of not-thinking. How do you think of not-thinking? Be before thinking. These are the basics of zazen. When one's perceptional faculties are acutely developed and on the cusp of awakening, ...
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Is there anything akin to 'Jhana' in Zen Buddhism?

I practiced Zen for over a decade. Only much later did I read the suttas. And after reading the suttas, I belatedly realized that practicing Zen alone without ready access to a teacher is a bit like ...
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Does Shikantaza lead towards attaining Jhana, if not, is there any progression?

Without a teacher and teaching, meditation alone may succeed. Indeed, the Buddha own insight and practice were ultimately required for his enlightenment. The Buddha had teachers that brought him to a ...
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Does Shikantaza lead towards attaining Jhana, if not, is there any progression?

If Shikantaza helps you stop thoughts, then it's useful for that. That's a necessary skill for entering second jhana. If breath meditation is triggering thoughts, you're not doing it correctly. The ...
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Is shikantaza meant to spontaneously relax you, unlike ch'an meditation?

Shikantaza in original usage means ~'only sit', and the term was introduced into fairly standard usage by Dogen Daishi c.1250AD. This is in the context of Original Traditional Authentic Soto Zen, ...
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Law of attraction to reach enlightenment?

If you are referring to the "law of attraction" in the book "The secret" no that's pure pseudo-science. It has nothing to do with Buddhism. STAY AWAY FROM IT
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Is this a passable translation of Dogen's "without thinking"?

I had a look at translations of Dogen's essay "Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen": Think of not thinking. Not thinking-what kind of thinking is that? Nonthinking. This is the ...
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Is this a passable translation of Dogen's "without thinking"?

To me the English phrase, "think of thinking which is no longer thought" implies that it used to be thought, that it was previously thought, but is no longer thought i.e. it is not thought any more. ...
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Law of attraction to reach enlightenment?

I think that this hypothesis (the idea of the """law""" of attraction) should be tested in every possible aspect, including enlightenment. If the idea of the existence of a law of nature that allows ...
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Irritation due to breathing noises in dojo

I hear other people breathing loudly through their noses, it drives me nuts and puts me in an extremely bad mood. You are quite fortunate to have these kind souls gently show you the rough spots in ...
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How to practise Zazen so that it leads to Satori?

Yes it has. You just don't know where it's led you. Keep at it and you'll find your way out of the bag eventually. (Official answer - get a teacher. You can't practice Zen by yourself.)
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Zazen to get an LSD effect?

Zen is very unlikely to produce LSD-like effects. It is just sitting. There isn't an object like breath or visualization to focus on, it's more like un-focusing the mind. According to some ancient ...
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