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vertical line Posted on Nov.03.2008 @ 09:46AM EDT by ZenNoob
Hello All,
I've been sitting and using various websites for about 5 months now.  I am progressing in practice with Zazen nicely.  I was wondering if anyone uses additional techniques (other than the usual counting breaths and following breathing) to help concentrate and prevent monkey-mind.

Thanks,
Joe

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Reply from Woodsman
Nov.03.2008
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vertical line I live in the woods. And talk to the trees, but more importantly, listen.
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Reply from zen-zen
Nov.03.2008
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vertical line Try the same practice with your eyes open.
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Reply from IZIZIZ
Nov.03.2008
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vertical line Invite monkey mind to join you.
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Nov.03.2008
02:29PM EDT 
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vertical line man handle those monkeys!
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Nov.03.2008
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vertical line Monkey was a BASKETCASE. 
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Nov.03.2008
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vertical line Consternation. 
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Nov.03.2008
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vertical line soooomee wheeeere

oover the raaaainbow
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Reply from noumenal
Nov.03.2008
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Progress is an illusion. You can't go anywhere or time. You're already here now.

There isn't anywhere else.

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Nov.03.2008
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actually how is progress a illusion?

for the beginner it isnt.

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Nov.03.2008
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practice shizantaza if you desire joe.

this is sitting with nothing in mind and focusing on nothing.

just the attention and sitting.

its best for the beginner to practice a koan or meditate on the breath though.

monkey mind is mind btw.

it is an inseucre mind looking for a fixation.

same thing.

thats it.

take care.

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Nov.03.2008
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Nov.04.2008
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Reply from IZIZIZ
Nov.04.2008
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Quote: "Invite monkey mind to join you."
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Try this.

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vertical line You try it first then let me know if you notice any difference. 
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Nov.04.2008
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vertical line Yes, try the monkey mind next.
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vertical line Then what?
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vertical line it can be hard to get off this merry-go-round once you land on it
it will never stop
and you can't ever get off
you might get so dizzy you stumble off or get thrown off >:D
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Nov.05.2008
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vertical line "then what?"

After sitting in one posture for long enough he gets up and goes to cook food, eat, drink and goes to sleep. Then that.
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Nov.05.2008
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Nov.05.2008
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vertical line Repeat until death occurs.

No guarantee, refunds or promise of rebirth.
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Nov.05.2008
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vertical line I'm just glad I haven't got a clue. 

Invite monkey mind to join you>
Try monkey mind next>
Then what>
Eat drink sleep>
play with yourself>
blah de blah de blah de blagger?  
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Nov.05.2008
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vertical line Yes yes, eat, drink, sleep, play. Good practice!
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vertical line Thanks for the replies...I do practice with my eyes open, and this is better than when I first started with them shut.   What I get from most responses is not to take it too seriously.  I dunno, it could be that.  I usually find with Zen I am backwards...but so are all of you!

Thanks again,
Joe
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vertical line Ok, for the beginner it isn't. So, find out the indentity of the beginner and drop it.
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actually how is progress a illusion?

for the beginner it isnt.

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......... Ok. For the beginner it isn't. So, find out the beginner's identity and drop it.
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actually how is progress a illusion?

for the beginner it isnt.

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......... All self-identification, whether "beginner" "master" or whatever, is false. A self-identity can "make progress". But you cannot.
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self identity?

haha.

my self wants to know what in blue blazes are you talking about?

are you attempting to say the ego?

the image of ourselves?

all i know is i am not near as nervous,,,,anxious and insecure as i once was.

this toke progress.

think again.

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Nov.06.2008
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Did you invite monkey mind or not yet?

Please advise Joe.

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vertical line Self-identity is to be found on days divisible by at least one prime number since the birth of Ötzi.
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vertical line I've been wondering why one has to sit in order to be able to practice. Eventually one has to get up anyway.
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All self-identity is false. "Beginner", "master" or anything else.

No separate entity can make progress because no separate entity exists.

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All self-identity is false. "Beginner", "master" or anything else.

No separate entity can make progress because no separate entity exists.

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Did you intend to type that? Because something sounds odd about it.

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Progress is in time. Self-identity creates time. No self-identity, no time, no progress. Got it?

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Progress is in time. Self-identity creates time. No self-identity, no time, no progress. Got it?

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Yay, word games... how fun! Here's one:

Money is the root of all evil.
Time is money.
Time is the root of all evil.

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Okay, you didn't get it. Sorry. I have no interest in playing word games.

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Progress is in time. Self-identity creates time. No self-identity, no time, no progress. Got it?

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To put things in your terms...

Change is in time. Why are you calling it progress?

I'd like to see "self-identity" (or any other word-phrase) create anything. If self-identity creates time, what creates self-identity?

"No self-identity"? What are you talking about? Do you suppose memories can be erased consciously?

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Progress is in time. Self-identity creates time. No self-identity, no time, no progress. Got it?

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To put things in your terms...

Change is in time. Why are you calling it progress?

I'd like to see "self-identity" (or any other word-phrase) create anything. If self-identity creates time, what creates self-identity?

"No self-identity"? What are you talking about? Do you suppose memories can be erased consciously?

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......... We speak different languages. Gradually we might come together. Progress implies time. Agreed? It takes time to make progress. So, outside of time there is no such thing as progress. That's one thing. Another thing - normal consciousness is a duality of subject and object. The subject, self-identity, creates time in that its objects, the phenomenal world we usually call "reality", is temporal. That's its structure. Before the subject/object consciousness, there is no time. Have to stop for now before my 20 minutes is up. 
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......... We speak different languages. Gradually we might come together. Progress implies time. Agreed? It takes time to make progress. So, outside of time there is no such thing as progress. That's one thing. Another thing - normal consciousness is a duality of subject and object. The subject, self-identity, creates time in that its objects, the phenomenal world we usually call "reality", is temporal. That's its structure. Before the subject/object consciousness, there is no time. Have to stop for now before my 20 minutes is up. 
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Nothing implies anything. For all you know, the universe could've been created in its current state this very moment.

Normal consciousness? Try: the only possible consciousness. "In consciousness, the representation is distinguished from subject and object and related to both". Without and observer and the observed, there is nothing.

What you are looking for is death.

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Progress is in time. Self-identity creates time. No self-identity, no time, no progress. Got it?

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To put things in your terms...

Change is in time. Why are you calling it progress?

I&apos;d like to see "self-identity" (or any other word-phrase) create anything. If self-identity creates time, what creates self-identity?

"No self-identity"? What are you talking about? Do you suppose memories can be erased consciously?

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......... We speak different languages. Gradually we might come together. Progress implies time. Agreed? It takes time to make progress. So, outside of time there is no such thing as progress. That&apos;s one thing. Another thing - normal consciousness is a duality of subject and object. The subject, self-identity, creates time in that its objects, the phenomenal world we usually call "reality", is temporal. That&apos;s its structure. Before the subject/object consciousness, there is no time. Have to stop for now before my 20 minutes is up. "
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To put things in your terms...

Change is in time. Why are you calling it progress?

I&apos;d like to see "self-identity" (or any other word-phrase) create anything. If self-identity creates time, what creates self-identity?

"No self-identity"? What are you talking about? Do you suppose memories can be erased consciously?

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......... We speak different languages. Gradually we might come together. Progress implies time. Agreed? It takes time to make progress. So, outside of time there is no such thing as progress. That&apos;s one thing. Another thing - normal consciousness is a duality of subject and object. The subject, self-identity, creates time in that its objects, the phenomenal world we usually call "reality", is temporal. That&apos;s its structure. Before the subject/object consciousness, there is no time. Have to stop for now before my 20 minutes is up. 
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hahahaha

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Progress is in time. Self-identity creates time. No self-identity, no time, no progress."
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excellenty said

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Progress is in time. Self-identity creates time. No self-identity, no time, no progress. Got it?

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To put things in your terms...

Change is in time. Why are you calling it progress?

I&apos;d like to see "self-identity" (or any other word-phrase) create anything. If self-identity creates time, what creates self-identity?

"No self-identity"? What are you talking about? Do you suppose memories can be erased consciously?

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To put things in your terms...

Change is in time. Why are you calling it progress?

I&apos;d like to see "self-identity" (or any other word-phrase) create anything. If self-identity creates time, what creates self-identity?

"No self-identity"? What are you talking about? Do you suppose memories can be erased consciously?

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analyzing fragments, as though is complicated, when not

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The universe is created in its current state this very moment.  That&apos;s for all the knowers and would-be knowers somewhere out there. 

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you know that, rustic ?

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Quote:  "there is no time. Have to stop for now before my 20 minutes is up. "
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yep

 

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He who looks, doesn't see. He who sees, doesn't look.

Freedom's beyond words.

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Progress is in time. Self-identity creates time. No self-identity, no time, no progress."
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The universe is created in its current state this very moment.  That&apos;s for all the knowers and would-be knowers somewhere out there.

"......... No need to shout and whisper. We can hear you. Find out who creates it.

"......... No need to shout and whisper. We can hear you. Find out who creates it.
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lehish:  any 'said' is a lie

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The universe is created in its current state this very moment.  That&apos;s for all the knowers and would-be knowers somewhere out there.

"......... No need to shout and whisper. We can hear you. Find out who creates it.

"......... No need to shout and whisper. We can hear you. Find out who creates it.
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Dancing not shouting.  Dancing not whispering. So, ah, you can't.
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you know that, rustic ?

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w h o o o o s h

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lehish:  any 'said' is a lie

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Sometimes naked

Sometimes mad

Now the scholar

Now the fool

Thus they appear on earth

The free men

And women

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Nov.07.2008
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No "much ado" about anything - no "much ado".

I enjoyed playing with the fonts and colours and laughing simultaneously but in respect of and in deference to the one, it was a [lower] case of caps off at all times held like breath in the hand as the dancing whirled and the whirling danced. 


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Nov.07.2008
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Progress is in time. Self-identity creates time. No self-identity, no time, no progress."
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Nov.07.2008
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Progress is in time. Self-identity creates time. No self-identity, no time, no progress."
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still was excently said

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Nov.07.2008
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Nov.07.2008
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Nov.07.2008
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The universe is created in its current state this very moment.  That&apos;s for all the knowers and would-be knowers somewhere out there. 

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Nov.07.2008
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Quote: ""Much ado about nothing". ;)"
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Nov.07.2008
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Nov.07.2008
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Nov.07.2008
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Nov.07.2008
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Nov.07.2008
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Reply from immortal 1
Nov.08.2008
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As per the origina question:

Hello All,
I've been sitting and using various websites for about 5 months now.  I am progressing in practice with Zazen nicely.  I was wondering if anyone uses additional techniques (other than the usual counting breaths and following breathing) to help concentrate and prevent monkey-mind.

Thanks,
Joe

Yeah, Joe, I use Yoga stretching exercises before zazen to ward off cramping, and I use self-hypnosis as a launching pad for meditation, and I burn incense and listen to a tape of ocean sounds while meditating. 

Fixing your face with a slight smile is good too.  The mind tends to focus on current problems, and smiling wards off negative thoughts.

Aside from counting breaths you can also check your muscles for tension.  Start at your feet and check all your body parts for tension.  If you find tension then tense up that part for a few seconds and release.  The way to relax is to recognize tension and then just let it go.

There really is no right or wrong way to meditate.  Experiment with different methods and ideas of your own.   There is no goal.  No success or failure.   I like to do it to release tension that has built up between sessions, and to recenter myself so as to prepare for more daily life.  I also like the dreams, visions, out of body experiences, and transcendental experiences too, but that is just me.  Others do not and that is them. Whatever. It does not matter.  Have fun with it.

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Nov.08.2008
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Yes, I've used a body scan as well.  It's odd, certain techniques help me, but others make my mind wander.  Like counting breaths.  I used this all the time at first, but giving my mind a task like that screws up my concentration.  I invited the mokey-mind and did Shikantanza, and these work really well. 

-Joe

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