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Posted in Buddhism, Enlightenment, Meditation, Mindfullness, Subconsciousness, Zen by yoshizen on December 7, 2009

” Understanding the Buddhism by the translated word carries the burden “

The most fundamental difficulty in the approach or to seek

Buddhism is lie in its English translated word.

From the word such as Fully minded or Mindfullness the people start to

think  ” What is the Mind ? ” and end up in the endless puzzles.

The trouble is, the mind has hundreds of layers like an onion. We only see

its outer skin.

Especially if the one thinks  ” The mind is where the thought is being processed ”

it would end up against the wall.

The mind in the Buddhism is  not exist or not noticeable.

It is deep inside of the onion. (To see it you have to shed a tear or two.  🙂 )

Or in human term, it is in the subconsciousness.


So that, the word  ” Mindfullness ” is, in fact, has to be exercised  subconsciously.

This is the fundamental trouble to think about the Buddhism and this is why the

study or aproach to the Buddhism by way of thinking or try to understand it,

is utterly wrong.

And this is the reason why all the Buddhism sects employ the practice.

The practice is there to teach or lead the people to learn to do it

without thinking or empty the mind.


The another trouble or misunderstanding lie in the word  ” Meditation “.

The word Meditation is almost a synonym of the Buddhism though,

the popular understanding of its meaning  ” Think deep ” mislead the people too.

As one of the practice in the Buddhism, the Meditation is also the way to lean

to do it without thinking.  This is why even the Master Dogen said ” Just sit “.

And this is why the Buddhist has to get rid of even the notion of the Enlightenment.

When you forget to reach to the Enlightenment and get on your life, You are Enlightened.

This is the biggest Paradox in the Buddhism.

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  1. contoveros said, on December 8, 2009 at 01:06

    Mindfulness should really be called ” mind less ness.”

    I “let go” of my thoughts when I meditate. I focus on my breath and/or the part of the body that is sore as I “scan” my physical being and send “loving” kindness to that spot with pain. I then feel the warmth of other parts of the body in contact with usually a chair, but sometimes a pillow. I try to notice relaxation ocurring in each part of the body; the arm across the lap, the lap itself; the hands resting on the lap, etc.

    None of these practices call for any “thought.” I become “mindfull,” or to use a better word, “aware” of my Self until the Self drifts out of consciousness and I touch a beautiful, loving “nothingness” which I call my “Divine” Self.

    I never “thought” I could reach it this way. In fact, I was right. You can’t use “thought” to reach it. It’s more a “feel.”

    Thanks for your insight.

    michael j

    Conshohocken, PA of USA

    • yoshizen said, on December 8, 2009 at 02:38

      Thank you Michael for your good observation.
      Though there are two point I would like to give a bit more thought.
      Long time ago I put my comment somewhere in a Zen site
      (can be searched by Google / Sit or Chair ) in which I wrote
      ” Buddha abandoned the way torturing the body, ——- lots of
      high priests of the Zen end up in wheel-chair due to the years
      of blood circulation blocking—— ” I’m not fancy to have sore legs.
      Another one is;
      I think, Mindfullness and Mindless is in fact two different view of the same
      Mindfullness is the one, often wrongly described as the “concentration”.
      —–Think, Sward Master Musashi brandishing his sward killing tens of
      the enemies. He is completely absorbed by the sward mastery.
      He and the sward is the one. (Ichijo)——(Mindfullness)
      As whole of him was just absorbed to use the sward of which the body
      movement has been programed as the rutine thanks to many years of
      practices, and the speed of the fight leaves no margin to play with thought.
      This is the state of selflessness (Muga)—— you may say it Mind-less-ness.
      ——I’m going to write about this on the next spot.

      Thank you for your comment again.


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