Meditation, Zen practice in Vietnam
20/10/2016 | 09:55

 The history of meditation in Vietnam began with the arrival of Buddhism and Taoism, so the first century.
Meditation or Zen has a long period of development in the long time with many varieties of definitions and different ways of practice.
It depends on the goals of those who practice it, in fact the result of meditation can be different.
Nowadays meditation can solve problems of stress caused by the modern and industrial life.

 A point of view about meditation in Vietnam
 
Thursday, October 20, 2016
9:51 AM
The history of meditation in Vietnam began with the arrival of Buddhism and Taoism, so the first century.
Meditation or Zen has a long period of development in the long time with many varieties of definitions and different ways of practice.
It depends on the goals of those who practice it, in fact the result of meditation can be different.
Nowadays meditation can solve problems of stress caused by the modern and industrial life.
 
When you have too much to think about it it is likely that attachment to earthly things take us away from the natural life of  human being: stress or depression resulting from the state of overreach in the ability of the mind and the brain.
For centuries trying all ways to understand the functioning of our brain, a machine, a system, an organization very complicated and it is concluded that the brain has still much to understand!
We are convinced that our brain has a function independent from our minds: we try to focus on one thing but the brain turns his attention to another.
For a simultaneous translator this problem is very serious when you lose the sense of the speech.
I wonder if the practice of meditation can improve concentration situation.
Two years ago I decided to attend a meditation course the "Bamboo Forest School", a practice sect budhista Vietnamese of 13 century.
The center has strict rules for practitioners: here you have to learn the way of life including how you eat, you can breathe, you walk, you work and think.
A monk said that our brain is like a bucket of water contaminated: occasionally moves the bucket and the water gets murky.
We must learn to stabilize the bucket, make it in balance so that the dirt falls to the bottom: if we can remove all the dirt in the end we become clear as the holy water!
But train the brain is a long and hard process because it is not a being immobile, independent, surrounded and closed: our brain is open to the world, living, active, and we have to train him to maintain a balance in motion.
I think so many people are wrong in thinking of finding a magic stick, a perfect meditation center which soon will allow us to achieve the perfect state of meditation.
And I think it's a mistake to force the mind and the brain to work too much concentration. No!
Meditation is a long process, comprehensive and complicated: meditation is not only activity of the mind, but an overall process of our whole body, of all our senses.
Meditation can be simple but not easy.
Do not think that meditation is a superior theory and the paranormal.
A zenista said to his pupil what was meditation: "Oh, just, you eat hungry and you sleep you sleep!".
 
Meditation is a living, conceiving the presence of all beings that surround us with their essence, their natural truth without our judgments.
Meditation has a logical and organic concept into a close relationship with the Buddhist philosophy and other philosophies, then meditation can live an immortal life with the evolution of religions.
In Vietnam, it is said: "practice meditation at home, then out of the house, in the market, on the road, etc., and finally in a pagoda."
In this sentence we can see people's thinking on meditation: you must practice all over the world and especially in everyday life, it may not want to isolate themselves from social life.
 
Continue ... to discover aspects of meditation with a trip organized by "Vietnamviaggiarte" in a major meditation center in Vietnam: the center is under the Vietnam National Park.

Mrs. Roberta Tione from Italy
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 Hallo Mario
We had a nice flight back home, and now we are redatto to get back to work. Which is the hardest part or been back home :( 
The journey through Vietnam was marvellous and did enjoyed very much! We do appreciate your and all the staff in Vietnamtravelart professional!
Thank you for our discovery of your beautiful country! 
Warmest Regards,
Mrs. Roberta Tione from Italy
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