"My practice hall is nature; it is the universe. This is truly a dwelling, a practice hall and a temple built by the spirit. If you look with the eyes of your heart, you will see that nature is the teacher that possesses all the scientific ...and spiritual truth that will lead you to enlightenment.... It is imperative that those on the path practice with this knowledge held deeply within their hearts."
Mushin means, Empty Mind, or No Mind. Mushin Zen is the philosophy and practice of Zen based on the understanding that the Enlightened Mind is universal; not limited by, and independent of, any secular or sectarian institution professing religious or spiritual authority.
Mushin Zen practice involves both mental and physical disciplines that promote a healthy holistic worldview and an understanding of the universal laws of cause and effect (karma). Zen involves letting go of preconceptions, dualistic thinking, religious abstractions, and symbolic delusions. Our understanding of physical forms, feelings, perceptions,concepts and even ego consciousness (self) are simply constructs of the mind. Once we realize this we are able go beyond our suffering and distress because we recognize even suffering and distress are constructs of the mind and are equally as empty. The primary practices of Mushin Zen include zazen (silent, seated meditation), mindfulness (fully responsive awareness) and personal development in both mental and physical disciplines that incorporate spirituality into everyday life.
Mushin Zendo is an affiliate school of the Boundless Mind Zen School in Olympia Washington which was founded by Koro Kiasan Roshi in 1994.
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