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DISCUSSING ZEN BUDDHISM AND THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FOURTH CORRIDOR

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DISCUSSING ZEN BUDDHISM AND THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FOURTH CORRIDOR

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 15:26
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Wisdom Of Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism develops Buddha's teachings by union with the Hindu world concept and is the result of the spiritual experiences of the three great Asian cultures: India, China, and Japan.  It teaches that the basic reality of life can be discovered, if we do not adhere to its phenomenon forms, and Taoist knowledge that we come to the harmony of life with the Tao by giving up this ways of life, letting it go and freeing it to be itself. 

 

Zen has the same goal as Buddhism, i.e. enlightenment, but called 'Satori'.  Satori is said to be impossible to describe, it is vital to be aware and learn the true meaning of it.

Zen Buddhism Fourth Corridor

Zen Buddhism - Satori

Zen is focused solely on the attainment of Satori, and all the exercises, meditation, and efforts are directed toward it.  The philosophy is not supported by dogmas, it emphasises personal experience and enjoyment. The gateway to Zen is the presence here and now in every moment, by keeping the attention and exercising conscious being, i.e. awareness without thinking.  Zen masters call this state of mindlessness and total conscious presence.

 

However, according to Zen, Satori is also very difficult to express verbally, but to illustrate what Zen is and what it is, Zen masters and monks used stories or puzzles.  Just as we read between the lines of fables, we can try to do it with Zen stories.  The wisdom of Zen masters has no meaning in trying to grasp with your mind, but the flashes of "understanding" that appear in ones mind while reading these stories giving the pointers leading us closer to our nature.

"You won't understand it until you found it" "Here, man sees the true nature of the world." "Unity of the Universe and oneself. Consistency." --Zen Quotes

 

So how is Zen practiced?  Above all, meditation and student-teacher conversations.  Zen has many ways of exercising.  The practice of "Zazen" is a practice of abandoning thoughts, spirit, body, and form dependencies.  Another exercise is the so-called "Kóan", or puzzle, with the aim of putting reason in the trap and thus destroying it.  The "abandonment" of reason comes the true essence, the solution, and often Satori.

 

Fourth Corridor Buddhism Values

 

The Truth About The Fourth Corridor

The following story illustrates the cycle of life and human suffering.  It is the difference between man and animal.  When we put a rat in a maze of four corridors and give her cheese in the fourth corridor, the rat learns to walk only into the fourth corridor to get to the cheese.  At this point, a human with a rat is comparable. The difference is that we place the cheese in another corridor.  "Now the Great God of Life will, after some time, move the cheese to another corridor." The rat will return to the fourth corridor for a while, then wander through all the corridors and search for the cheese.  This brings us to the difference between rat and man.  Not only will a man goes to the fourth corridor, but he will not move.  He would be convinced of the fourth corridor of the one in which the cheese was supposed to be, and his stance would be firm.

 

Rats are interested in cheese while people create a belief about the fourth corridor and hold on it.  There is frustration when the cheese is not in the fourth corridor.  It is a mystery why the truth about the fourth corridor is stronger than our happiness (in this case finding cheese).  The need to prove the truth that cheese in the fourth corridor must be is a confirmation of why we are unhappy in the long run.  We never get cheese when we look for it where it has always been, because everything is transient and life is constantly moving.  Are we looking for cheese still in the fourth corridor, because it's so easy?  I always remember a story about an alchemist, who has gone a long way to find a treasure, only to discover at the end that the treasure was at home and at the same time in his heart.  Despite this, he had to make the journey so that he could appreciate the treasure and come to life.  Nor can we be happy when we seek happiness.  Even satori / happiness / enlightenment can never be noticed just because of the idea or belief where happiness might be. And idea can basically destroy the experience.  So if someone could meet God, don't try to meet him again. God Passes Around.

 

Fourth Corridor Rat

 

There is a way out of the four corridors, and Buddhism points to its direction and, above all, how to be free.  Buddhism answers questions extensively;  "What is man?"  What is his purpose in life? "" And what is right in life? "What can we do to be happy?  I think, perhaps just to be my own Buddha, ie.  not to adhere to material, emotion, to be controlled by your illusory self and to be present in every single moment.  The chance to start living is here and now and is always exactly the same for everyone.

 

At the end of his life, Buddha expresses satisfaction.  Also from his sentence radiates peace and tranquility, likewise I imagine the meaning of life: "I can die happy, I have not left one grain of learning in the palm of my hand.  In a world of learning that is close to many cultures that have embraced Buddhism as their main religion, Buddha's knowledge is timeless and every culture can find its own way in them, but the essence remains the same.

 

Fourth Corridor Buddha

 

Used Literature

ALDINGER, Marco - Bewusstseinserheiterung

BSTAN-'DZIN-RGYA-MTSHO - Four Noble Truths

TOLLE, Eckhart - The Power Of Now

NYDAHL, Ole - The Way Things Are: A Living Approach to Buddhism 

BONDY, Egon. - Buddha

 

References

Buddhismus | karma, meditace: Ochraňuj Dharmu, a Dharma ochrání Tebe. KARMA DENDRUB DORDŽE. Buddhismus | karma, meditace: Ochraňuj Dharmu, a Dharma ochrání Tebe - Available at: http://www.buddhismus.cz

SUMÉDHÓ, Adžán a Jakub BARTOVSKÝ. Čtyři ušlechtilé pravdy. In: SUMÉDHÓ, Adžán a Jakub BARTOVSKÝ. Buddha.cz [online]. Available at: http://www.buddha.cz/buddhamangala/ctyri_uslechtile_pravdy.pdf

 


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