Práctico, claro y bien ejemplificado. Muchas gracias!! _/\_
Good production quality. Informative, in-depth content.
The instructor genuinely tried to teach the practical art of Zen in motion - e.g. wood-chopping. However, more real-life examples should be provided to demonstrate that Zen can indeed be applied to more complex skills in sports and everyday life. The material presented was also very basic.
Kudos to Roshi Greene for his warmth and presence in each video segment. His teaching is both simple and genuine. Perhaps an additional video that addresses Zanshin would in my humble opinion accentuate the importance of his clear teaching.
An ancient zen poem reads:
"Holy and unholy are empty names
Outside the door is the land of stillness and light."
Everyday encounters, be it work, family, or relationships, are enhanced significantly when our attention to the uniqueness of each moment can be maintained. Letting go of "I, my, me," fulfills the Heart Sutra - "No attainment with nothing to attain." Human beings are process, not entity. Energy appearing, energy disappearing. This theme could be emphasized more in the video.
The poise and equanimity sought in everyday life are found through the techniques of breath and gravity in everything we do. Hui Neng heard the phrase "Do not attach to anything that appears in the mind." I go as far as to say that this teaching can save the planet, a planet that is sadly close to war and environmental catastrophe. Three bows and thank you.
The course helped me to think of zazen in a different light. I have been sitting daily for one and half years. I appreciate the physical perspective of zazen better after this qourse, and I am looking forward to incorporating this into my practice.
Excellent introduction to Zen practice. High production value as well.
Wow. Wow. Wow. I never thought of sitting quite like this but I totally get it. And I actually want to go learn to split logs. (Yeah, weird, huh?) I think I'll watch this course several times. And the production values: excellent! Extremely practical and very informative. I would most definitely take a follow-on course addressing some of the finer points skipped over. To say I'm impressed, and inspired, is slightly an understatement. Such clarity and practicality is so rare to find these days.
Well, at first I was hanging on every word the instructor was saying.
I just finished and for all the things I could have wasted my $10.00 on, I learned the body mechanics of chopping wood and swinging a sword.
I already know how to sit in zazen, what I was hoping for was some actual "how-to" lessons on mental concentration training while working. I'll stick with the free YouTube instructions from now on.
Impressive, captivating, very clear and concise on the connection between breath and gravity. Great introduction on Zen and manual labor!
I got exactly what I wanted. A good push along the path in my Buddhism practice. I have even started splitting wood and I do not have a fireplace or wood stove. The neighbors who do sure like my new moving meditation.
On a more serious point my meditation has improve a great deal. It's all a matter of breathing and gravity.