British Broadcasting Corporation Home. In this sense there is no such thing as sudden enlightenment if by that is meant leaping right into it with no work or preparation. Think of a situation where one tries to submerge a ball in water.
It goes like this: The mind moving corresponds to a very narrow sense of self, or small self.What is Nirvana ?
In one realization, all is realized, In one flash of cognition, all is cognized. You feel that time and space do not exist.
No-mind does not mean a mindless state. Nevertheless, we refer to it because in teaching the Dharma, it seems to be necessary. Zen meditation, is a way of vigilance and self-discovery which is practiced while sitting on a meditation cushion.
But it is important to know that there are many levels of samadhi. This means that Zen meditation is a way of regulating the unconscious-autonomic order of our being.
From this perspective for example, a distinction between the outer and inner worlds emerges, using a sensory perception as the point of reference. You feel no suffering, no tension, no vexation.
Essays in Zen Buddhism 3rd series , New York: Zen and the Brain , Cambridge, MA: And the Japanese Zen master Hakuin Ekaku describes several discrete awakenings during his career, including one when he hears the ring of a distant bell, another when an old woman strikes him with a broom while he is out on alms-round, and a final awakening prompted by reading the Lotus Sutra. We cannot intellectually grasp Zen because human intelligence and wisdom are too limited - the dojo the hall where Zazen is practiced is different from the university.
It mirrors thing-events as they are.
Conze, Edward, 1972. In this state, because the mind moves in such a way that it does not dwell on anything, there is no obstruction for the mind to move freely. Zen maintains that the situation created by assuming this epistemological standpoint is not ideal, or real, for that matter.
According to Locke, freedom or to be specific, liberty is defined as a lack or absence of external constraint.