What would the answer be if the average shopper on the High Street were asked what it is that Buddhists do? The answer would probably come back - ‘Meditate?’ For most, if not all, the idea of the meditating monk under a tree sums up what Buddhism is about.
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Entering deeper into this well-known Zen analogy of spiritual transformation this podcast examines the meaning of the poems associated with each picture as a window into the experience of the journey ahead.
Taoism had a powerful influence on Chinese Zen, to the extent that 'Tao' was used as a synonym for 'Dharma'. In this extract we can see why this conflation took place which caused problems in understanding Indian Buddhism in the early years.
The gesture of bowing appears in both religious and secular life. It is a powerful spiritual practice that can help deepen both meditation and mindfulness. This exercise looks at this link between them.