WHAT IS ZEN?
Zen is not what people think. Zen is not what people talk. Zen is not what people hear. Zen is beyond human logic. Zen is the art to say what the mind can not understand. If the mind understands it then it is not zen. Zen is the path you have in front of you, but it cannot be detected by the five senses and it cannot not be understand with the logical mind. Zen is the path where nobody walks!
Everything you believe goes against Zen and Zen is everything you believe! If Zen was understood by the logical mind then Zen would not exist! Zen cannot be depicted with words. It cannot be conditioned by concepts. Any concept destroys Zen!
So, how can Zen be understood?
ZEN DIALOGS AND KOANS.
Those Zen Dialogues are enigmatic talking between masters and disciples. These dialogues are usually weird, especially for those who lack intuition.
Koans are mysterious phrases, which seem not to have sense.
Both (Dialogues and koans) are understood through intuition, not through intellectual reasoning. Yes, the mind might try to understand them through reasoning, but that is not the way. The mind deceives many people who lack intuition. The mind might bring great ideas and conclusions out from those dialogues and koans. Nevertheless, those who understand Zen know how superficial those ideas and conclusions are. But the one who understand Zen, the one who experimented Satori, respects all opinions.Real wisdom has many levels and the intellectual level is the lowest of all them.
Here are some koans:
"EXPLAINING REALITY KILLS REALITY."
"CONCEPTS ARE ILLUSIONS, SO YOU ARE."
Here some dialogues:
- Monk: "What is at the end of the path?"
- Master: "It is the beginning."
- Monk: "The beginning of what?"
- Master: "The beginning of the end."
- Monk: "What is the truth?"
- Master: "It is a sword."
- Monk: "Can I master it?"
- Master: "Yes, after it kills you."
- Monk: "If the truth is real, then why I cannot see it?"
- Master: "Because you are not real."
Many people tries to understand Zen with the logical mind. They think they understand it; but it is not so. When the mind thinks then Zen is hidden! When the mind stops thinking then Zen appears! Zen is grabbed in a second and without reasoning. Intuition is that superior logic. It can be develop with meditation and through the process of inner silence.
It is said that one day Buddha called his disciples to give then a message. All of them came to the meeting. They were waiting for his Master to talk. Buddha stand up and give three steps, then he took a flower that was on the ground. He lifted it to the high of his eyes and then he sat down back again without uttering any word. All the disciples were confused. They did not understood his Master behavior. Ananda, the favorite disciple of Buddha, smile at him. The great Master smiled back. Ananda was the only one who understood the message. It is said that Zen was born with that teaching.
Zen can be understood when the mind is absent. The glory of Zen comes out, with a special feeling, in a mental silence. Zen, which means concentration and/or meditation, is the intuitive knowledge which stops the reasoning process.
Yes! The mind can fake Zen. The mind kills the real Zen. Satory is the objective of Zen. It is that special feeling beyond the mind. It is a state beyond the mind. Satory is the Void, it is the Tao.
"The Tao that is spoken is not the same Tao."
Explaining Zen is not Zen.Zen is exactly what the mind cannot grab. If the minds grabs it, then it is not Zen. The more a person tries to understand Zen, with his/her mind, the far Zen goes away from him/her.
Whoever wants to get deep into Zen most learn to mediate and develop a still mind, a focus mind, a non-mind!
WHAT IS SATORI?
The mid, as it is, does not let us experience such state. Why is it so? The mind is trapped into duality: Black and white, hot and cold, tall and short, good and evil, etc. This duality brings reasoning: Thesis and antithesis. The synthesis is intuition, which appears, in its deepest way, when the mind is totally in peace beyond duality. SATORY is pure intuition: Knowing without knowing or knowing without data. Yes, I know it is not easy for the mind to grab this. This can be understood only through experience.
Kenshõ (Ken means "seeing," Shõ means "nature or essence.") is usually translated as Buddha Nature. It is a "Mini-Satori." This can be experienced by some beginners of meditation. Satori can be experienced by those who have years of experience on meditation. They are called Masters.
Meditation is the way to both: Kenshõ and Satori. The first one is a short and weak state; but good enough to perceive a state beyond the mind, a state without mechanical thinking. Satori, on the other hand, is a long and strong or deep state beyond the mind. This state is known as SAMADHI. please read my article: What is Samadhi? (Link at the bottom).
Some Masters develop Satori so they can stay I that state for a long time. Other Masters develop Satori to live in that state for the rest of their life; one of them was called: The Buddha.