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China, Taiwan, South Korea and Vietnam use the lunar calendar for all Buddhist holidays save for some exceptions (Taiwan's Vesak is on the same day as Mother's Day). Japan is a bit different due to the Meiji Restoration, such that most holidays, Buddhist or non-Buddhist, now follow the Gregorian Calendar.


It's good, that you know your comfort zone. But if you do not come out of it and instead get trapped yourself there, then it's not good. The purpose of meditation is to get rid of meditation. In fact, the purpose of any practice is to get rid of practice. It's like train, you get in from your home and get down when you reach. So I suggest you do breath ...


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 be an achiever. That's the poison that's eating you alive, your worldly life and your Buddhist practice. You gotta let go.


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 this book below. Here, he explains the transition from focusing and watching the breath, to the entry point into jhana. There's a point where the mind simply lets ...


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 certain point, but he had to go further on his own. DN34:1.6.95: Furthermore, it may be that neither the Teacher nor … the mendicant teaches Dhamma … nor does ...


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 what the Buddha taught although to be fair the methodologies are slightly different. But get off the idea of jhana. It's not important. Whether you are in ...


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 main point of that meditation is to give your mind a physical, interesting, pleasant object to occupy your attention so there's no room and no time for stray ...

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