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Buddhism Zen

Buddhism Zen

The Path of Enlightenment and Mindful Awareness

Zen Buddhism, a contemplative and profound tradition within the broader tapestry of Buddhism, has captivated seekers of spiritual insight and enlightenment for centuries. Rooted in the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, Zen Buddhism has evolved into a distinct school of thought that emphasizes direct experience, mindfulness, and the realization of one's inherent Buddha nature.

Historical Context and Emergence:

Zen Buddhism, known as "Chan" in China and "Seon" in Korea, originated in India but found fertile ground for development in East Asian cultures. The 6th century Chinese monk Bodhidharma is often credited with introducing Zen to China. Seeking a way to transmit the essence of Buddhism beyond mere textual knowledge, Bodhidharma emphasized direct experience and the realization of one's own mind as the true path to enlightenment. This emphasis on experiential understanding set the foundation for the Zen tradition.

Core Principles of Zen Buddhism:

At the heart of Zen Buddhism lie several foundational principles that distinguish it from other Buddhist schools:

1. Direct Experience: Zen encourages individuals to directly experience reality without the interference of conceptual thinking. It urges practitioners to go beyond words and concepts to grasp the ineffable nature of existence.

2. Mindfulness and Presence: The practice of mindfulness is central to Zen. By being fully present in each moment, individuals can cultivate awareness and insight into the nature of their own minds and the world around them.

3. Koans and Paradoxes: Zen employs koans, paradoxical statements or questions, to provoke deep contemplation and challenge conventional thinking. These puzzles are designed to break down logical reasoning and trigger moments of insight.

4. Zazen (Seated Meditation): Zazen, a distinctive form of meditation, plays a crucial role in Zen practice. Through disciplined sitting and breathing, practitioners aim to calm the mind and awaken to their true nature.

5. Teacher-Student Relationship: Zen emphasizes the significance of a teacher-student relationship. The transmission of wisdom is often passed down through direct, personal interaction between a qualified teacher (sensei) and their students.

Practices and Rituals:

Zen practices are geared towards cultivating a heightened state of awareness and awakening. These practices include:

1. Zazen: Practiced in a formal setting, zazen involves seated meditation marked by focused attention on the breath, posture, and the arising and passing of thoughts.

2. Kinhin (Walking Meditation): Integrating mindfulness into movement, kinhin is a slow, mindful walking practice often done in between periods of zazen.

3. Teisho (Dharma Talks): Teachers offer insights and guidance through dharma talks, shedding light on complex concepts and sharing their own experiences.

4. Sesshin (Intensive Retreats): Sesshin are extended periods of intensive practice, lasting several days or even weeks, during which participants engage in prolonged meditation and self-inquiry.

Impact and Influence:

Zen Buddhism's influence extends beyond religious spheres, leaving an indelible mark on various aspects of Eastern and Western cultures:

1. Art and Aesthetics: Zen-inspired art, such as Japanese ink painting and the Zen rock garden, reflects the simplicity, impermanence, and profound insight of the tradition.

2. Philosophy and Psychology: Zen has inspired philosophical inquiry and influenced psychological practices like mindfulness-based therapies, emphasizing present-moment awareness and personal transformation.

3. Martial Arts and Mind-Body Practices: Zen principles have found their way into martial arts and other mind-body practices, where focus, discipline, and the embodiment of awareness are vital.

4. Literature and Poetry: Many renowned poets and authors, both in Asia and the West, have drawn inspiration from Zen teachings, integrating its themes of impermanence and enlightenment into their works.


Zen Buddhism stands as a testament to the human quest for inner truth and spiritual awakening. Its emphasis on direct experience, mindfulness, and non-conceptual awareness offers a unique approach to understanding the nature of reality and one's place within it. As it continues to resonate with individuals seeking profound insight and liberation from the confines of ordinary thought, Zen Buddhism remains an enduring and influential tradition that bridges the gap between ancient wisdom and modern understanding.



The Buddha Nature


True Zen and a Step-by-Step Approach, Kenso, Satori, Bodhi



The Right Approach to Buddhism is not through rational inquiry and comprehensible clarification. It is done through a specific experiential behavior, which has been tested and verified by those who have gone before on the Path.

Understanding Zen presupposes sufficient knowledge and experiential experience of the "previous" teachings of Buddhism.

The Central Perception-Teaching-View of Zen is a further "deepening" and expansion of the "Idealistic" View of Mahayana (Yogara). The "Subject" of Yogacara Emerges in Universal Nature is the Buddha Nature, the Buddha Essence, which constitutes the True Essence of all "beings" that appear as beings. This Essence is no longer Mind (in the "sense" of Citta, Vijnana), it is non-mind.

This Mahayana Buddhist Conception comes to merge with the Taoist Conception of Wu-Hsin (No-mind). This is why Chan appeared in China with the introduction of Buddhism from India (Bodhidharma) and its fusion with Taoism (as in the Shaolin Temple).

The Buddha Nature

There is only Buddha Nature, Perfect Wisdom, Sunyata, Asamskrita (Nirvana). There is, This Essence Alone, This Alone the Absolute Subject (which is Emptiness). This means that since every 'being' is This Buddha Essence, the Absolute Subject, every being is from the beginning and forever 'Enlightened'. From this comes the understanding, the teaching, that since all "beings" have Buddha Nature, they do not need to "enlighten" or realize or achieve Enlightenment, no practical effort is needed. Herein lies Dōgen's teaching that Enlightenment and "practice" are identical, that "simply sitting" is Enlightenment, the behavior of the Buddha.

In reality the Buddha Nature, the Buddha Essence, the Absolute Subject is Stillness Flowing in Eternity. Everything else that seems to move, change, etc., belongs to the Subjective dream.

To Feel your Buddha Nature means to be "Still" and not "caught" in any movement, in any process. What "moves" is "phenomena", the flow of "phenomena". Perception (Mind) is aware of "phenomena", without being "caught" anywhere. This is Enlightenment. It is the "Immovable Wisdom". If it is "caught", then, it "travels" in the dream state with the "object" as a "vehicle". This is ignorance, delusion, misery.

Ultimately, if the "being" Feels its Buddha Nature, it works like that and needs no practice. But when he "doesn't feel" his Buddha Nature then obviously he has to "realize" it and here "practice" is needed (what this "practice" is is another matter).

But if you do not "Feel" your Buddha Nature you cannot seek Enlightenment because it will be a false enlightenment. Then; Do you remain in the state of ignorance? Obviously not. You just change "level" The "how" is exactly the "practice". This is Zen.


Let's repeat it: To Feel your Buddha Nature means to be "Still" and not "caught" in any movement, in any process. What "moves" is "phenomena", the flow of "phenomena". Perception (Mind) is aware of "phenomena", without being "caught" anywhere. This is Enlightenment. If it is "caught", then, it "travels" in the dream state with the "object" as a "vehicle". This is ignorance, delusion, misery.

To be "caught" by something means, in fact, that volitional energy is present, the will is "involved" and the activity takes on a "personal" character. This is how we sink into ignorance.

To put it another way, to get "caught" is to enter into ego-rational biased activity, with all that that entails.

True Zen and a Step-by-Step Approach

Since the Buddha Nature is the True Nature, i.e., it is innate in every being, it is natural and next to emphasize the direct insight of this nature, its realization and its practical expression. This is Prajna (the non-conceptual insight). This leads to a differentiation of the "concept" of Meditation. The "perception", the "awareness" of our True Nature depends entirely on us (on the Absolute Subject), on our Will and Attention. It does not depend on "external" factors, or time, or some activity or process. It is therefore immediate as an event, "sudden" and not gradual or revealed successively over time. Enlightenment occurs as an instantaneous transformation, total and instantaneous.

What is the Basis, the Foundation of Zen: "Here, Now, Me":

There is nothing but the Now (Time is "realized" in the Now).

There is nothing but Here (Space is "manifested" in Here).

There is nothing but the Ego, the True Self, The Infinite "appears" in the Ego).

The Absolute Subject is Enlightenment, the Gate of Eternity, the Freedom of Endless!

The True Goal of Zen is to See, to Realize the True Self. Thus, it is wrong to set a goal other than the Self. When you set no other goal, this is the true goal.

If you find the True Self you don't need to find anything else, it is the All, everything, everything. When you experience the All, you experience it always, everywhere, in everything. This is Ethics!

True Meditation (the Essence of Zen) is "the Immersion of the 'spirit' into the center of the 'Heart'." Here is the "Original Mind", the Self, our True Nature, the Root of the Subject, the Absolute Subject. Within the Body, Beyond the Body (Non-temporal, non-local, non-perceived).

The Absolute Subject is Always Pure, Unadulterated, Transparent, without "dust", True Zen consists of experiencing the Absolute, realizing the Absolute and acting the Absolute in our daily activities.

Sikandaza (to 'sit still') means to Remain 'Still' no matter what you do or what happens. Perception (the Mind) "watches" the "phenomena", without getting "caught" anywhere. At first you may need to sit in a meditative posture (Zazen, sitting meditation) but at some point, you can become independent of this and remain in "Stillness" even when you are in activity (Qinqin, walking meditation). So, to "sit simply" means not to get caught up in processes of the body, the senses, the mind, all of which belong to the dream.

Sikandaza (to 'sit still') means to Remain 'Still' no matter what you do or what happens. True Zen, (the Essence of Meditation) is not 'no-thought', sitting still like a grassy stone on the mountain or like a log at the edge of the forest or like a straw scarecrow in the field. Zen is Life, it is being alive on all levels of being. Therefore, where the term "no-thought" (no-mind, no-mind) is used it is used in the sense of cessation of egoic thought and not in the sense of nothingness.

To be "Still" is to be in fully concentrated alertness (samadhi), in an unbroken "clarity," and in that state to "see (everything) and act." It is the perception of the world from the perspective of samadhi. It is the State of Concentration (jyo) and to see thus is Prajna (Wisdom). There is nothing but the Subject, all else is phenomena that come and go. If you become absorbed in something, if you "follow" something the Subject changes (becomes "mind") and the object emerges, you are immersed in dualistic perception, life and experience.

In this State of "Stillness" without changing you are one with all. How is this possible? You act like a mirror that reflects everything without holding anything back. There are "signs" that you are actually in "Stillness", in samadhi (absolutely focused alertness) when you sit in Sikindaza:

1) You feel like you are "floating" (you feel like you are "floating" because there is no sense of the body as only the minimum necessary energy is channeled into the body).

2) You feel everything without "reacting" to anything.

3) The thought worships unhindered without being "seduced" or "absorbed" into something.

4) Your Action (your reaction to the world) depends entirely on your Will. Even when you 'react suddenly or 'instinctively'. The strange thing about the State is that you automatically follow the Light Path of Dharma and never slide down the downward dark paths of ignorance, passion and loss.

Dharma (Right Action on all Levels of Existence) is Objective. The confused subject perceives it and accepts it as an objective rule. The liberated subject perceives and accepts it as an Essential Law of Nature. The Absolute Subject Recognizes it as an Expression of His Own Nature.

The Stepwise Approach

Of course, some argue that the awareness of our True Nature can be sudden, but a gradual deepening of insight, and of our understanding, a "maturation" is required. This simply means that one does not see, does not perceive clearly and needs time to get rid of one's "limitations". Most people operate this way, even those who frequent the "spiritual" space.

The Basic Concept here is that the Essential Nature, is the Innermost Nature (What We Experience in the Depths of Self) that Transcends and "encloses" the "I" with which we usually identify. The "I" is a useful tool for manifestation and activity in outer life but it has no relation to our Real Nature. That's how we have to "get over it". So, where it was a "fossilized" mechanism (the "I" with its ideologies, its memories and its "knowledge, its prejudices) a free, spontaneous and unhindered relationship with the outside world is established.

So, it is clear that only through ignorance or denial of our true nature can enlightenment be seen as something to seek, a destination that we may someday reach.

The dissolution of ignorance of Buddha Nature can be achieved Here, Now, by Mindful Observation, by the dissolution of all illusory perceptions.

Phased Approach:

To "see" our True Nature (as Timeless Space) is called Kenso.

The Living of the " Void " is Satori

But we should quite naturally and effortlessly "settle" permanently in this state in order to say that we have reached final "liberation" (Bodhi).

Levels of “Meditation:

Perception of the world. Kenso.

Inner Perception and Absolute Perception. Satori.



There are two ways of perception.

1) To see things that exist within the "Space".

2) To see the "Space" within which there are "things".

Starting from the first case, when you rise to the Perception of "Space" you arrive at Kenso. The Mirror mirrors things. More specifically, observing things we see that they are in relation to the environment. In the end, the important thing is not the thing but the "space" in which it is included. This is how the "concept of 'space'" emerges as the unifying element of everything.

From the perception of "Space" (when you let go of "things") you rise to the Perception that You Are Space. The Mirror simply Mirrors (but there is "nothing" to mirror). This is the Pure Unadulterated Essence of the Mirror. The Satori.

Beyond that is the One Reality, the Mirror. The Bodhi.



Bodhi is wu -shin, not mind, not consciousness, emptiness.

Bodhi is the One Reality. It is not born, it is not lost, it is not realized, it is the nature of everything and everything. Within Bodhi, activities and phenomena emerge, quite naturally, and disappear again, quite naturally.

Bodhi (wu - shin) is One and Only Reality and there is no difference between rest and activity.

Wu-shin and Shin

When the Bodhi (wu-shin) is allowed to function like this, whether in rest or in activity, Reality is experienced.

When Bodhi (wu-shin) is restrained, grasped and remains attached to a phenomenon (junji), the natural flow of wu-shin is interrupted, wu-shin becomes immobilized, becomes shin (mind, consciousness): we enter an imaginary space and time. This state obeys its own laws of operation. It seems like a real existence, it has consistency thanks to the law of karma, there is evolution, reincarnation, a demand for liberation. This is all fantastic.

Actually wu-shin is the background, it is not lost, it is our nature, it is Reality, there is nothing to realize, nothing to liberate. Shin (consciousness) constitutes attachment. It's dreamy. As long as we stick to the imaginary, this works (and everything seems real). When this is abandoned then we realize that Reality Is Always One, that we were living in a dream, we woke up from the dream.


We are Bodhi (wu-shin), we possess Bodhi, we don't need to perform anything. Sin is an illusion.

So, what is needed is to reject the fantastic, to detach ourselves from the phenomenon. Any movement towards the phenomenon must be rejected. Every grab from the phenomenon must be cut off. Any obsession with the phenomenon must be eliminated. (By phenomenon we mean what we have in front of us at this moment, what we are living at this moment) When this happens and the wu-shin thus detached from the phenomenon, then it flows freely, (there is a perfect, unhindered freedom) – the sin disappears... Then we realize that we are always in this State, that before we lived in the imaginary, which has its own time – we could be there for a moment or ages, lifetimes, forever.

Wu-shin has no time - the imaginary has its own time.

The Non-Practice of Zen

As long as we are Bodhi (wu-shin) there is nothing to be realized – just to be detached from the phenomenon (what we have right now in front of us).

So, Zen is not a process, it is not something we have to do, to realize (this concept belongs to the imaginary) – we just have to detach ourselves from the phenomenon.

Zen is Bodhi, there is no other Reality than Bodhi. Its interruption is immersion in the fantastic. That is, something that does not exist in reality.

Practicing Zen means simply experiencing our nature, living our reality, sitting like that, and realizing. There is no way out of this state, course, evolution, release (this perception belongs to the imaginary).

What is rejected is the exit from Bondi, the attachment to the phenomenon.

(What the Zen Masters reveal to their students is the attachment to the phenomenon, which introduces them to the imaginary. The impact is this: You are attached, you are in an imaginary space, do you see it? This is called direct suggestion (upaya). impact can lead to immediate detachment from the phenomenon, where the wu-shin is detached and we perceive Reality (this is Satori), or the impact can thus pass into the lost).


Zen is a direct way of approaching Reality. It doesn't analyze anything; it doesn't explain anything. We take for granted our nature (wu-hsin), that which exists. Wu-shin is the background (not described because it is emptiness). The only immediate datum is xin (consciousness, attachment to the phenomenon) Zen is detachment from the phenomenon. Zen shows our true nature. It leads to Satori, the ultimate unhindered freedom (wu -shin).

Zen is not a religion, it is not a topic for discussion, not even a way to approach Reality, a way to live... It is our nature, it is our daily life, it is in front of us, behind us, it is right, left, up and down... and try as we might we can't help but see it, ... we just can't hide from ourselves.


Our Prayer

The Path Within


O Cosmos, we stand at the precipice of the Absolute, gazing into the void of the Unknown. We search for a way to transcend the bounds of thought and ego, to experience the essence of our deepest being.

The Buddha, the Masters of the East Upanishads, Orpheus, Jesus – all these wise beings have pointed us towards the Path. But it is not a path that is external, not a journey that can be traversed by the feet. It is a path that lies within, a journey that must be undertaken by the heart and the mind.

We must let go of the external orientations that nurture and educate us, that direct us towards other goals. We must look inward, to the stillness and silence that resides within. We must listen to the whispers of our soul, to the voice that speaks of the Absolute.

Krishnamurti and other modern Sages have shown us that it is possible to experience the Absolute, to transcend the limitations of thought and ego. They have shown us that it is not a mystery, not a miracle, but a possibility that lies within our human nature.

So let us embark on this journey, this Path that few follow. Let us let go of the burdens that weigh us down, the attachments that bind us. Let us embrace the unknown, the uncertainty, the chaos that lies within.

For in the depths of the Absolute, we will find the stillness and peace that we seek. We will find the answers to the questions that have plagued us for centuries. We will find the Truth that lies within.

Let us be brave, let us be bold, let us be fearless. Let us take the step into the void, into the unknown. For it is there that we will find the Absolute, the essence of our being. It is there that we will find our true nature, our true self.

May we be guided on this journey by the wise words of the Sages, by the light of the Absolute that shines within us. May we find the strength and courage to let go of the old, to embrace the new. May we find the peace and stillness that we seek, the Truth that lies within.


Glimpses of the Absolute


Within each of us lies the potential to transcend the limitations of ordinary mind and experience a deeper reality - what some traditions call the Absolute, the Ground of Being, or God. While this state of unity or peak experience has often been considered the domain solely of mystics and saints, the truth is that the capacity dwells dormant in every human soul. It is our essential nature, awaiting discovery through disciplined inner work.

All genuine spiritual paths point to the same destination, though using different languages and methods. At their core, they offer a process of liberation from identification with separate ego and gradual awakening to our intrinsic divine essence. This involves cultivating noble virtues, practicing presence of mind through meditation, and cultivating wisdom through inquiry into the nature of reality and self.

Over time, such disciplines help peel away layers of superficial conditioning to reveal our true blissful and peaceful self - one with the fundamental pure consciousness that underlies all forms. In that state of inward stillness and clarity, the usual boundaries between subject and object fall away. One perceives directly that all is contained within the one infinite life and knows directly one's identity with the eternal. Though ineffable, this realization brings transcendent peace, love, creativity and compassion.

While glimpses of the Absolute may come through grace to anyone at any time, consistent experience depends on committed effort. The seeker must firmly resolve to strip away all that obscures their true nature like the proverbial onion, layer by layer. With patient practice of presence and purification, the trappings of small self dissolve, and one may abide as peaceful, blissful awareness itself - fully awake in every moment to life's deepest meaning. Then daily living becomes worship, and ordinary reality is transfigured by love, joy, wisdom and service. This is the fruit of following the perennial path with heart and will - a taste of our shared spiritual potential.




Constantinos’s quotes

"A "Soul" that out of ignorance keeps making mistakes is like a wounded bird with helpless wings that cannot fly high in the sky."— Constantinos Prokopiou






Neglecting to praise the worthy deters people from emulating them; just as not prizing rare treasures deters a man from becoming a thief; or ignoring the things which awaken desire keeps the heart at rest.

Therefore, the wise ruler does not suggest unnecessary things, but seeks to satisfy the minds of his people. He seeks to allay appetites but strengthen bones. He ever tries by keeping people in ignorance to keep them satisfied and those who have knowledge he restrains from evil. If he, himself, practices restraint then everything is in quietness.


Quieting People

Neglecting to praise the worthy:

Neglecting to acknowledge and praise individuals who deserve recognition can discourage others from emulating their positive qualities.

Just as not appreciating rare treasures deters a person from engaging in theft, the absence of recognition can hinder the development of desirable traits in others.

By recognizing and praising the worthy, we can inspire others to strive for excellence.

Ignoring the things that awaken desire:

When we disregard or ignore the things that evoke desire, we can maintain a sense of contentment and inner peace.

By not constantly seeking external stimuli, we can cultivate a state of tranquility within ourselves.

This approach allows us to find satisfaction in what we already have, rather than constantly chasing after new desires.

The wise ruler's approach:

A wise ruler understands the importance of satisfying the minds of the people they govern.

They do not unnecessarily burden their subjects with irrelevant information or demands.

Instead, they focus on allaying appetites and reinforcing the overall well-being of their people.

The wise ruler restrains those with knowledge from engaging in harmful actions and promotes a culture of restraint and tranquility.

The benefits of quietness:

When individuals practice restraint and embrace a state of quietness, harmony and peace prevail.

By prioritizing calmness and self-control, both on an individual and societal level, conflicts can be minimized.

The pursuit of quietness allows for personal growth, contentment, and a more harmonious coexistence.

Embracing quietness

Quieting people involves recognizing the worthy, ignoring unnecessary desires, and fostering a state of tranquility. The wise ruler seeks to satisfy the minds of their people by allaying appetites and promoting restraint. By embracing quietness, individuals can experience personal growth and contribute to a more peaceful society. Remember to appreciate the positive qualities in others, find contentment in the present, and practice self-restraint for a harmonious existence.



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