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ZAZEN MEDITATION TECHNIQUE AND RESEARCH STUDY
05 Apr

ZAZEN MEDITATION TECHNIQUE AND RESEARCH STUDY

ZAZEN TECHNIQUE AND RESEARCH STUDY

ZAZEN TECHNIQUE

A Buddhist tradition that is quite ancient and has its root in the Tang dynasty of China is Zen meditation. Zen root word “ch’an” a Chinese word means “dhyana.”  Hence Zen means concentration or meditation. Buddhist master Bodhidharma describes this technique as “unique teachings; not established upon words and letters, but the human heart-mind; seeing nature and becoming a Buddha”. This technique delves much more in-depth and helps one tackle the vasanas; deep-rooted issues and in the day to day situations through intuition by regular practice. Zen practice is part of the curriculum in all the schools, and this zazen practice requires a mutual connection between a dedicated student and the Zen master. Zen emphasises self-control, following Buddha-nature and inculcating them in everyday activities for the benefit of society. 

This technique is further divided into three ways: 

1. Observation of breath-Zazen-helps one to be alert.

2. Quiet awareness-shikantaza-to just sit-just sitting and allow the mind to be without any judgement of thoughts or anchor to hold.

3. Intensive group meditation-sesshin- Serious meditators practice for about fifty minutes of meditation in sitting postures followed by walking meditation, a brief break for meals and to perform work mindfully.

RESEARCH STUDY

 It’s one of the most practised technique. Researches were keen on studying this technique, and the study read the following results:-

• Electroencephalographic was conducted on priests and disciples from Zen sects of Buddhism who showed a change in consciousness. There was slowing in the EEG pattern as well dishabituation of the alpha-blocking in Zen priests but quick habituation in the control group during repeated click stimuli procedure. The change in consciousness observed was related to that of a “hypnotic trance and sleep” a unique psychological state; the state of “a relaxed awakening with steady responsiveness”.

• Also, the degree of changes in EEG during Zen meditation is proportionate to the proficiency of the Zen meditator.

• These changes in EEG reflect the physiological wellbeing during Zen meditation.

• Study of electrophysiological correlates of the changes in long term regular meditators, research regarding whether trained meditators perceived pain differently than non-meditators (by university de Montreal) resulted that intensity of pain in Zen meditators is 18% less.

• A team of Harvard researchers studied a mind-body relaxation programme and found that the relaxation group had 43% fewer medical services in comparison to their previous year expenses.

Overall Benefits Are:-

• Comprehensibility

• Spiritual, emotional wellbeing

• Treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder

• Lower blood pressure and better immune system

• Treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety

• Treatment of diseases due to distracting thoughts, e.g. Alzheimer’s

• A  better sleep

Thus practising this technique helps one with calm pure and serene mind.

 It has a positive effect on both physiological and psychic life. 

As said by the master, Zazen is not a means to an end; it is the end.


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