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Looking Inward

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As a writer and student of Zen, I’ve struggled for twenty-two years to find the simplest worS'tatue2ds to describe the Zen experience. That little “chore” was handed to me early one morning in 1996 in a flash of knowledge. So I wrote and I wrote, trying to compose the language that might help other people coming along the same path to understand exactly what Zen is. Along the way, I learned that language is woefully inadequate to describe some things.

However, the Zen state is a remarkably simple state to be in. Simply stated, it is being in a relaxed body and having no thoughts. I’ve said that and written that a hundred times. And for some, it’s a lot easier to say than it is to do.

I’ve searched for simpler and more accurate ways to describe Zen over the years. Just recently, a short, simple sentence came to mind that might resonate. Here it is:

Zen is looking inward and saying nothing.

Yes, actually that is entirely accurate from my experience. Does it make sense to you? Does it make the concept easier to grasp? Of course, your next question might be: Okay, but why should I do it?

Let me think about that…

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

August 28, 2018 at 4:26 pm

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  1. I always enjoy your posts!
    I really like your definition of looking inward and saying nothing.

    I’m not as fond of the “no thought” definition.
    I’m guessing that’s because I let myself be influenced by Osho (“no thought=stupid”) and some random yet cherry picked neuroscience.
    However, I’m open to exploring “no thought”. For me, it turns into a trance state when I prefer a more mindful state – whatever that means.
    Regardless, I can sit more and think less.
    Kim

    Kim K

    August 28, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    • Hi Kim, and thanks for the note. Could you have interpreted something from Osho that he did not intend? I’ve read Osho and listened to many of his contemporary talks. He’s always been on target (in my experience) about techniques of deep meditation. Also, his book on Bodhidharma is the greatest source of information about the discovery of Zen that I’ve ever read. Mindfulness is a good stepping stone, but no matter how you slice it, you’re still in the conscious mind. The real treasures and power of Zen meditation come from tapping into the non-conscious mind–or so I’ve experienced. Thanks again for your input. –Eduardo

      Eduardo Mitchell

      August 28, 2018 at 9:35 pm


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