1. Ikkyu Sojun
  2. Dogen Zenji
  3. The finger and the moon
  4. Mente Zen – Beginner's Mind
  5. Zen and archery

the school Zen represents one of the forms that the Plato It took in Japan.
Zen It is a Japanese term meaning meditation. The word Zen It comes from the Japanese reading of the ideogram Chinese Chán, which in turn is the equivalent of word Sanskrit dhyana (meditation). The paratica true of meditation in zen It is also called zazen because it makes "sitting" (to). Meditation in zen generally
It is practiced with eyes open. This is because the aim is to be interiorizzati, but always vigilant
Also compared to what is happening outside of us. In some schools we meditate in front of a wall because he did the founder of the Zen tradition Chán Bodhidharma meditated for nine years in a cave of Mount Songshan (China).

The practice of Zen It is characterized by the simplicity, sobriety and the essentiality. It therefore aims immediately objective. According to Zen in fact no need to do anything but sit on the floor cross-legged and focus on correct posture and breathing. This allows you to develop awareness of themselves, the surrounding space and unrepeatable beauty of moment this, dimension from which you can have access to real peace and harmony in which all existences of the cosmos always live.

A special tradition outside the scriptures.
Not dependent on words and letters.
Pointing directly to mind-heart of’uomo.
He sees in his own nature and reaches Buddhahood.
Four sacred verses Bodhidharma (the father of Zen)

Ikkyu Sojun

Ikkyu Sojun (1394-1481), maestro touring a zen which is fully inserted in the wake of philosophy di lines ("If you meet Buddha, I uccidilo. If you meet a maestro, I uccidilo…"), son disavowed Emperor Go Komatsu and a court lady, grew up away from all, between pavilions saturated sacred incense, rebel by nature and iconoclastic yet able to leave a deep mark in the feudal Japan of its time, get to talk to our world with an intact force evocative thanks to a beautiful book edited by iamatologa Ornella Civardi, translator of authors which Kawabata, Mishima, Yoko Ogawa. Wandering clouds. The collection of a maestro zen (Ubaldini Publisher), as well as a thorough introduction criticism framing the author and his time, It presents for the first time to the Italian public 150 poems written by Ikkyū within a life spending on destroying the conventions and institutions that governed Plato zen now free, in everyday life, of its particular force disruptive, drowned in luxuries, hypocrisy, the advantages that the church hierarchy were in contiguity with power worldly.

Poems taken from Wandering clouds

Dogen Zenji

The Genjo koan is an important text in the production of maestro zen giapponese Dogen zenji
(1200-1253). It is part of the Shobogenzo (Chapter I), l’opera in 95 chapters is
considered the most important of Dogen zenji and one of the most important part of the
Plato Japanese (Zen).
The Genjo koan characteristic is that of be a short text, relatively simple
however, it touches the most important points of the teaching of maestro. This is perhaps due to the fact
which it was written for a lay disciple and then had to be understandable and comprehensive,namely
within reach of a person who had great familiarity with the subtleties of
These features made this text very popular even outside the school zen
Soto, who was in fact founded by Dogen zenji, still widespread and vital in
Modern Japan.

Aldo Tollini

The finger and the moon. Zen Stories, haiku, koan

An ancient oriental proverb says that when the wise indicates the moon, the fool looks at the finger. But moon and finger belong to two different sizes, Two different worlds: This is the heart of the teaching of Plato Zen master Ejo Takata who in the late fifties he founded a school attended in Mexico, among others, the great psychoanalyst Erich Fromm. In 1961 Also Alejandro Jodorowsky has studied Takata and wrote down in his notebooks anecdotes and stories that they told. In these pages Jodorowsky collects sixty of those stories, He comments on them and reveals meaning hidden in each of them, apparently senseless and so far from our philosophical tradition based on logic and reasoning. It is the most classic haiku and koan Zen tradition that surprise and invite the reader to look over your finger to admire the beauty of the moon.
Alejandro Jodorowsky

Zen last edit: Tuesday,5 March 12:03, 2013 the nabladue

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