The life of a Zen monk is a hard one. The demands of their discipline and the rough and tumble world they live in are often at odds with one another. How do you find a balance between your spiritual practice and your daily obligations? How can you make the most of your time while maintaining your sanity? All those questions and more are answered here. Perhaps you already know the answer to all of them, but if not, this book is for you!
What is Genshi Dunya?
Genshi Dunyu is the ancient, traditional way of life of the Zen Buddhist monks. It is the perfect path for people who want to explore the benefits of a more open-minded and creative way of thinking. Genshi Dunyu is a spiritual path that encourages you to examine your life and ask yourself what you love to do and why. It also helps you to identify what needs improvement in your life and offers advice and guidance on how to make your life better.
How to practice Genshi Dunyu?
This is the daily routine of a monk, however, it is not the only way to practice. To practice Genshi Dunyu, you need to make time for it, and make space for it in your schedule. When you prioritize your spiritual practice, you free up a lot of time for other activities that will enrich your life.
The Three Pillars of Genshi Dunyu
The first pillar is the most obvious: meditation. Meditation is the process of quietening the mind and focusing your attention on something specific, be it a word, an image, or a sound. When you concentrate your thoughts on something, you are practicing concentration. When you focus your thoughts on something negative, like your problems, you feel depressed and foggy-headed. Meditation is the key to the reduction of stress and better emotional health.
Zen and the Way of Change
Zen is a Japanese philosophy that originated in the eleventh century and emphasizes the importance of being in the present moment. It is often described as being in the now, with all of one’s senses Perception, Feelings, and Thoughts all suspended and focused on the here and now. While it is easy to get bogged down in the details of Zen philosophy, the basics are that everything in our experience is temporary and can be changed, rearranged, or discarded at any moment. We are always in the here and now, and it is the process of change that we find most interesting and meaningful.
Zen is not for everyone. It is about focus and peace of mind. It is not for the weak-minded or the lonely because it requires a lot from its practitioners. But if you are up to the challenge, you will find that Zen is not only achievable but highly rewarding. You will see for yourself when you try it out!