Great Sage EofH wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:34 pm
You should reject the notion that you aren't making friends. If you are afraid to confront your friend directly, you probably aren't friends. This isn't necessarily about being polite. Hopefully it is about practice that frees beings.
I'm not sure that there is such a thing as preparing to wake up. Imagine that we are in a dungeon trying to drill our way out. We drill on the wall, but thats not the same as seeing the sunlight on the outside. Waking up is breaking through, and it's not bound by space or time. We don't get to choose which part of the sky we see, we just get to see the sky and get out of the dungeon.
Just attention on the breath changes the breath. It's the way the parasympathetic system works. Our effort is to only watch the breath, not to change it. As a result it changes. Changing the breath is not intentional. Your body regulates how much oxygen it needs.
Could slow and shallow breaths cause the brain to have a lack of oxygen which causes this buoyancy feeling??? I don't know, i'll try it and see. I used to free-dive and never noticed this happen however.
There are some description that are difficult to craft, and its easy to fall into poor description, or misunderstandings. I'm just describing what i think "don't just do something, sit there" means.
Thank you for your reply,
Friends are about feelings. Humans are ruled by their feelings.
So, going back to the zafu, the practice is one of waking up.
I think of the practice as preparing the ground to plant seeds so one can grow crops.
Preparing the ground and planting is not the same as growing crops.
And it is done so something can come from it
But, other than preparing and planting (maybe watering), there is not much else we can do to get the crops to grow.
The weather conditions must be right for the seeds to flourish.
Where as your words give me the idea that practice would bring about Kensho, satori
More practice, more kensho????
No amount of Zazen or practice will bring about Kensho
However, there is little chance that Kensho will be experienced if there is no practice.
Granted slight difference and doesn't matter to most.
Yes, just putting attention on the breath changes the breath.
However, I believe that it is the brain or mind that determines the need for oxygen.
Shallow breathing is a reflection of the mind trying to still itself.
Don't know if this is good or bad.
In meditation or Zazen, there is a danger of the mind becoming lazy
It can revel in the quiet and be lost in a fog
A good smack by the kyosaku by the resident Zendo master would surely improves one's efforts
Someday I hope to find a good center to practice with a sangha and teacher.
But, plans often get derailed.