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Introduction to ZEN Meditation

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Zen Meditation: The Great Question


Most of us come to a point in our lives when we experience great questions about who we are and where we’re going.


After many years of living with unexamined assumptions, we find ourselves face-to-face with one of these great questions:


What am I? Where am I going? What am I for? Why have things gone wrong? How can I deal with this situation? In this whole world everyone searches for happiness outside, but nobody understands their true self inside. Everybody says, “I” — “I want this, I am like that…” But nobody understands this “I.” Before you were born, where did your I come from? When you die, where will your I go? If you sincerely ask, “What am I?” sooner or later you will run into a wall where all thinking is cut off. We call this “Don’t Know.” Zen is keeping this “Don’t Know” mind always and everywhere.

Meditation in Zen means keeping don’t-know mind when bowing, chanting and sitting Zen. This is formal Zen practice. And when doing something, just do it. When driving, just drive; when eating, just eat; when working, just work. Zen Master Seung SahnFinally, your don’t-know mind will become clear. Then you can see the sky, only blue. You can see the tree, only green. Your mind is like a clear mirror. Red comes, the mirror is red; white comes the mirror is white. A hungry person comes, you can give him food; a thirsty person comes, you can give her something to drink. There is no desire for myself, only for all beings. That mind is already enlightenment, what we call Great Love, Great Compassion,the Great Bodhisattva Way. It’s very simple, not difficult!



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Ja An JDPSN (Dharma Master Bogumila Malinowska) is the Guiding Teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen in London. She was born in north-west Poland. After postgraduate teacher training, she worked professionally as a teacher at the High School in north Poland and then as a manager of a youth center and youth worker for young people with alcohol, drug problems and challenging behavior.

She started Zen practice in Poland in 1983, she went for 100 days solo retreat and was running a Zen Center in different places in North West Poland before moving to the UK with her son in 2003.

In 2005, she established the London Zen Centre with the spiritual guidance of Zen Master Wu Bong. She received Inka (authority to teach) from Zen Master Wu Bong in September 2009. She is regularly sitting kyol-ches in South Korea.

Apart from teaching at the London Zen Centre and in Europe she currently runs her own business, she is a qualified therapist registered at British Association of Therapist and Counselors working as a counselor with different range of clients

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