10-03-2007, 21:18 #1
Sun, Zen, Chan... as a martialartist...
Different pronunciations(Korean, Japanese, Chinese) for a Chinese character, meaning meditation. I guess Zen is the most common pronunciation among them.
Not only Buddhists, but also Martial artists practice this. Nowadays even lots of many ladies do this as a diet-practice here in Korea.
I think all of us, as martial artists, know about Zen, and many practice it either.
I also practice it as often as possible. Usually I take a legs-crossed sitting posture like Buddha when I do that. Not quite easy sitting for many Western people. Not easy for Eastern people, either, thesedays. After some moment, I feel my legs are paralyzed, and later no more feeling. Just dull and numb. As I know it's a natural process, so just endure. But still it's not easy. And sitting for hours. Sometimes fall in sleep.
Freedom. Tranquility. Transcendence. Satori. No mind. Void. Emptiness. Etc.
But, how to get that status?
Some say Danjun breathing. Some say the third eye concentration. Some say upraising the force from the anus to the top of the head along the vertebrae. Etc.
You may practice some of them. I think all means are OK as they are developed in their own reasons. I also adopt some of them for my own practice.
My understanding as a Moodoin(Budoin, martial artist) for Zen practice is to reach the status to be non-discriminating and accepting.
Nondiscriminating and accepting all. Narrowly speaking, Life and Death. More narrowly, To Be as It Is. As we like to say even in fight.
As I practice HKD, I prefer saying Oneness.
Last edited by rockstream; 10-03-2007 at 21:20.SungBook Bae
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