Buddhism and the Practice of Zen

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Suzuki Roshi was a Zen master who had no special theory or philosophy about the Buddha Mind or any other subject, which made his ideas very elusive and paradoxical, although he did not intend to come across as bizarre. In Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind Zen, which was published before his death in 1971, he insisted that Zen Buddhism is not a competition, dogmas or a series of theological points that can be memorized but more a way of being. Thought or emotions cannot express the Buddha Mind or Buddha Nature, but only meditation and contemplation of the present moment. In reality, no past, present or future exist at all, but only the universal oneness of the Buddha Mind and understanding of it cannot be attained through struggle or setting artificial goals. Zen's reality is thoroughly grounded on everyday life and routines like baking bread or watching a waterfall, which symbolizes life. Through practice and meditation eventually students forget about the self and the ego. Many people wrongly imagine that Zen is another religion, when it is only a method of achieving Enlightenment. This was Buddha's real teaching, that in order to overcome karma and the cycle of birth, death and rebirth, it is necessary to overcome material desires, selfishness and ego and return to the primordial state of Nirvana. Buddha was incarnated on earth for many lifetimes before he learned how to overcome suffering and attachment to the body and the material sphere. He was the first to see the universal
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