Monday, October 8, 2007

monday's word: zen

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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.

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