Zen Confidential Analysis

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“Zen Confidential” is the final reading for this course. It follows the author, Shozan Jack Haubner on his journey from being raised in a conservative Catholic family to becoming a Zen monk. Buddhism differs from Christianity and Islam in that instead of praying to a God, Buddhists reach enlightenment by participating in meditation. They center themselves and work from within. Buddhist monks have a common goal to reach enlightenment and to come to terms with the world. Haubner states that in Zen “we learn that human consciousness is an eminently natural operation” (Haubner, 164). This is one of the practices I found interesting. He further explains that if you conceive an idea or a dream or a thought, you are releasing it into the Universe. Thus your idea or dream or thought becomes tangible and with enough passion you can implement them. This is a unique concept in Zen and the Buddhist religion in which one can easily change one’s negative thoughts and actions into positive ones. I like how it plays on the power of your own mind and suggests that you are the maker of your own destiny. Upon further reading I learned that Zen is a group practice where …show more content…
You give up your schemes and dreams” (Haubner, 7). This clashes entirely with American culture and yet it is estimated that about 1.2 million people practice Buddhism in America. I think in part it may have something to do with the fact that monks spread their knowledge by teaching anyone willing to learn. The article, “Soto Zen in America” pointed out that other religions in comparison to Buddhism are more “energetic missionary religions” (MacRae). Buddhists do not push their beliefs onto others. You will not find a Buddhist at a busy street corner screaming their beliefs and passing out fliers to passersby. Instead they teach where they are

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