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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 everyone need to sit, even zen masters, especially according to Soto zen?

When you don't have "scattered thoughts" whenever you are doing something, you're doing it fully immersed. Everybody has had periods of absolute involvement. Obviously everybody has thoughts, it's ...
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What does "joy" mean in the phrase "dharma gate of great ease and joy"

The Pali scriptures describe two kinds of joy: (i) worldly/sensual joy; and (ii) dhammic or Zen joy. Sensual joy is like joy from sex or drugs. The more this joy is indulged in, the more it harms a ...
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Length of daily meditation (Soto zen)

If you have a Sensei or Roshi, ask them. If not, I would recommend you to start with a length which is challenging but not impossible to manage. From time to time you can do a longer meditation. In ...
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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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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 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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What does dogen's genjo-koan mean?

Dogen is pointing to emptiness. When the self drops, you realise you are one with the ten thousand things, and there is no more I and them. Enlightenment, path, etc are no more than concepts. The ...
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Length of daily meditation (Soto zen)

I'd like to recommend Christian's answer: assuming that "15 minutes is a serious challenge", it might be a good experience to find a teacher and/or other practitioners to practice with. I find that ...
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Length of daily meditation (Soto zen)

There are two types of practices: the formal SITTING and WALKING, and the informal the activities in daily life. Sit as long you feel comfortable than stand up walk up and down until you feel you can ...
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Does Buddhism Teach Nihilism?

I think the answer is probably "no" to the question about nihilism and Japan. There's this story for example, where the protagonist, Dokuon, is Rinzai rōshi. Nothing Exists Yamaoka Tesshu, ...
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What did Dogen think a miracle was?

As Chogyam Trungpa explained in Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (or was it in The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation ?), the perfectly enlightened Bodhisattva always does exactly what'...
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Can the "Senika heresy" be useful?

What Dōgen calls sennigedo is a view found in several schools of Buddhism, for example in the teachings of Tendai contemporary with Dōgen in Japan. But this is not what Matsuo Basho was expressing in "...
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Did Gudo Wafu Nishijima claim that there will be no pain for anyone after death?

First off, the concept of death and rebirth in Soto Zen (Nishijima was a Roshi of the Soto school) differs from the general cosmology during the Buddha's lifetime. The Buddha's world-view was ...
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Length of daily meditation (Soto zen)

You are free in this choice. I recommend periods from 5 minutes to 40 minutes. It is better to practice 5 minutes daily than 15 minutes only once a week. If you practice more and the sitting doesn't ...
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What does dogen's genjo-koan mean?

The 1st koan is of the phrase in the Pali scriptures: "deep, deep...connected with emptiness". In the Pali scriptures, there is the statement about enlightenment & Nirvana: 'Birth is ...
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Do the scholastic sects say that chan practice is something separate from themselves?

Remember the concentration division of the Eightfold Noble Path consist of Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration. The Noble Eightfold Noble Path did not specify a particular practice ...
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