2nd Lecture

2nd Lecture - Maximillian Tong U54-55-2388 RN 103 A1 Prof....

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Maximillian Tong U54-55-2388 RN 103 A1 Prof. Cogan Lecture on Concepts of Zen “Zen. Whatever you are doing, just DO it.” The first few minutes of the lecture consisted of a meditation exercise. We were told to slowly inhale, and then exhale. While we were inhaling, we constantly recited “Clear mind”. As we exhaled, we recited a long “Don’t know.” According to the lecturer, this was to help us focus our thoughts, and prepare us for the upcoming talk. Zen Master Bon Yeon described the relationship between us and our thoughts like that of the monkey and the gourd-trap. We are trapped by our refusal to let go of our ideas, and as a result we cannot progress. These ideas are in fact, a result of the “I am” mentality; our perception of the world is determined by the world “I” believe it to be. According to Zen, the illusion of “I” is what causes suffering in the world – we all seek to preserve our selves, but we fail to realize our true Selves. The concept of “I” is rooted in the past and
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