Zen, Religion of the Samurai: Introduction and Chapter 8 the Training of the Mind and the Practice of Meditation

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9781597330053: Zen, Religion of the Samurai: Introduction and Chapter 8 the Training of the Mind and the Practice of Meditation

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR MIND and Thus YOUR LIFE AND CIRCUMSTANCES ? Are you ready to look within yourself and find the source and solution to your problems or happiness ? Do you want strength, peace, and truth in your relationships and life ? If so this audiobook can help you find it. Zen, The Religion of the Samurai is a non dogmatic, practical work on Zen Buddhism that is accessible and USEFUL. This audiobook will change your life. It has given me much greater stability and control in my life. How ? By realizing and using the truths in this book, applying them to my everyday life and thought process, and most importantly meditating first thing upon arising for 10 minutes. This audiobook is the perfect compliment to The Way of Peace and has helped me find peace and lose stress.

THIS 70 MINUTE AUDIOBOOK ONLY CONTAINS THE UNABRIDGED INTRODUCTION AND CHAPTER 8 OF THE BOOK ("The Training of the Mind and The Practice of Meditation"). Chapter 8 is probably the most important in the book as it actually goes into the specifics of using Zen in a practical way to better your life. Other chapters from the book, which are mostly the background, history, and theory of Buddhism and Zen will be released in the future.

Contents from Zen, The Religion of the Samurai include (partial) The Southern and Northern Schools of Buddhism; The Development and Differentiation of Buddhism; The Object of this Book is the Explaining of the Mahayanistic View of Life and the World; Zen holds a Unique Position among the Established Religions of the World; The Method of Instruction adopted by Zen Masters; The First Step in the Mental Training; The Next Step in the Mental Training; The Third Step in the Mental Training; Zazen, or the Sitting in Meditation; The Breathing Exercise of the Yogi; Calmness of Mind; Zazen and the Forgetting of Self; Zen and Supernatural Power; True Dhyana; Let Go of Your Idle Thoughts; ''The Five Ranks of Merit''.

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Sample from 3. The Next Step in the Mental Training.

In the next place we have to strive to be the master of our bodies. With most of the unenlightened, body holds absolute control over Self. Every order of the former has to be faithfully obeyed by the latter. Even if Self revolts against the tyranny of body, it is easily trampled down under the brutal hoofs of bodily passion. For example, Self wants to be temperate for the sake of health, and would fain pass by the resort for drinking, but body would force Self into it. Self at times lays down a strict dietetic rule for himself, but body would threaten Self to act against both the letter and spirit of the rule. Now Self aspires to get on a higher place among sages, but body pulls Self down to the pavement of masses. Now Self proposes to give some money to the poor, but body closes the purse tightly. Now Self admires divine beauty, but body compels him to prefer sensuality. Again, Self likes spiritual liberty, but body confines him in its dungeons.

Therefore, to get enlightened, we must establish the authority of Self over the whole body. We must use our bodies as we use our clothes in order to accomplish our noble purposes. Let us command body not to shudder under a cold shower-bath in inclement weather, not to be nervous from sleepless nights, not to be sick with any sort of food, not to groan under a surgeon''s knife, not to succumb even if we stand a whole day in the midsummer sun, not to break down under any form of disease, not to be excited in the thick of battlefield--in brief, we have to control our body as we will.

Sit in a quiet place and meditate in imagination that body is no more bondage to you, that it is your machine for your work of life, that you are not flesh, that you are the gover

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