When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
Posted on Apr.12.2014 @ 02:40AM EDTbyleoj99
People in Zen forums just say sit.. zazen is sitting meditation but they never elaborate of their experience in zazen.. what happened.. they say they just watch their thoughts come and go... they say don't stop your thoughts.. just watch them come and go.. maybe just like watching a movie...LOL
So what did you experienced when you sit in zazen...?
Have you ever experienced that you body seemed to disappear.. or at least your body is so light.. as light as a feather... and how often you experience it.. you should experience it in every zazen session...
An analogy given by a senior student in our Sangha who is now a Roshi.. is sitting is you are like an iceberg... you can see only the tip of the iceberg which is above water... the part submerged is so enourmous.. so sitting is like drilling a shaft from the tip to the bottom of the iceberg so water could come out from the tip and eventually break the enourmous iceber...LOL
Well he has to use an analogy that beginners understands and a good challenge. If he says zazen or sitting is .. This ... no one will understand it.. or worse new students thinks he is crazy and they will never come back to the zendo.
On my first 5-day sesshin.. I almost went home on the third day because my body seems can no longer endure the pains of sitting all day.. I thought everyone are crazy doing those sesshins..LOL.. It was good I was persuaded to stay by my Teacher...LOL Doing sesshins is actually like drilling a shaft in an iceberg...LOL