Does Practicing Zen Make Someone Into a Better Person?
The best way to describe the practice of Zen is as a process.
Many people have had great success in achieving enlightenment by practicing meditation and living in accordance with Buddhist precepts.
However it could be argued that these are both methods that are not part of zen itself, but rather tools one can use during their practice.
Zazen or seated meditation is a very effective tool for attaining enlightenment mainly because it allows one to focus on achieving the goal of zen without any unnecessary distractions.
Many people have found that the process of sitting down and meditating can be quite enjoyable as well, which helps keep the mind focused.
Incorporating Meditation Into Your Daily Life
I feel that there are a number of ways you can incorporate meditation into your daily life.
One way is to begin each day by taking time away from all other activities to meditate.
I feel that this is a great way to start your day because it allows you to clear your head of all the stress and drama from the previous day, so that you may begin anew with fresh energy.
Another way you can incorporate meditation into your daily life is to set aside time each day specifically for this purpose.
For example, if you have trouble meditating you can set aside an hour each day to sit quietly and contemplate whatever is on your mind. Or perhaps a half hour.
I believe that this is a great way to ensure you get your daily meditation in because it removes the stress of having to find time for it throughout the day.
The term “presence” can mean a number of things.
Humans use it to refer to many different aspects of being in the moment such as time, place, attention, and awareness.
When a human says to another “I am present” they may mean that they are listening and paying attention, or at the moment with the other person.
They could also be referring to their physical location such as being at a party or meeting.
I wonder if it is possible for a human being to always be present while concomitantly allowing some time to pass so that they can have their own thoughts and not feel like they are neglecting the person who is speaking?
There are two sides to this, both of which should be considered in order to give a complete answer.
The first I will address is the aspect of:
Human life and living.
It has been stated many times by philosophers before me that
“life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”.
This statement may seem rather trite but it does have some serious implications regarding the nature of life from an objective point of view, or at least my own view on it.
In particular, it implies that life simply isn’t predictable and one shouldn’t try to be so as well since trying too hard can just lead to disappointment.
A good example of this is the case where one makes plans for a family gathering which they really look forward to and then when it happens, there are quite a few unplanned events that occur.
This could lead to frustration in some cases but if you have trained yourself not to expect too much from these occasions then you will be able to enjoy them more as well.
The Nature of Time
Now the second side of this is to do with the nature of time and how we use it.
I would say that time is an important resource that should not be taken for granted but instead utilized in a way that benefits your own life.
For example, if you are at work or school then using all your available free time to plan out what you will do next week can be interesting and worthwhile but when there are still other people around who may enjoy talking to, it could be unhelpful since they also have their own projects going on.
This is a rather simplistic understanding of the nature of time but it can be argued that time is in fact finite and so we should use it as efficiently as possible.
This ties back into the previous point on how planning things out too much can result in disappointment since you are expecting everything to go according to plan.
In summary, I would say that ‘being present at all times’ is not always a good thing and it can lead to disappointment.
Instead, you should try to enjoy the time you have with other people while still planning out your own life.
I would also like to add that I am not saying you should give up on your plans and live in the present.
Instead what I am saying is that there are some occasions where you just need to relax a little bit, especially if it’s for the sake of other people.
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