Monday, October 8, 2007
monday's word: zen
pursuit of unmediated self-knowledge through heightened consciousness in one’s daily experiences + the practice of meditation (‘zazen’)
zen rejects the intercession of theory, analysis, judgment, or scripture.
it focuses instead on mindfulness (‘sati’) + concentration (‘samadhi’).
mindfulness is awareness of one’s thoughts or actions in the present moment.
concentration is consciousness intensified + focused on + in an observable event--such as a breath, a color, or a memory.
one develops these practices through direct human contact with a teacher or master.
Posted by Joe at 6:52 AM