Zen

Q. How can we tell if we are progressing towards enlightenment in our meditation practice?

A. We say that you can hear and see what you could not before. Buddhist scriptures, or the koans, Zen questions that previously sounded like nonsense can start to sound reasonable. Ordinary sounds you are used to hearing can sound quite different; positive, fresh and new. For example, your spouse’s calling you ‘Darling’, your dog’s barking, or a bird’s chirping sometimes sound so impressive that you can burst into tears. You can have similar experiences when you see things. With such changes, you can feel that your life is more stable than before.

However, you should not cling to new experiences but leave them alone, no matter how nice they are. Trying to have the same experience again is the last thing you should do since that would be to run counter to your practice. Just keep practising as usual.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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2 thoughts on “Q. How can we tell if we are progressing towards enlightenment in our meditation practice?”

  1. Typo

    However, you should not cling to new experiences but leave them alone, no matter how nice it they are

    Remove “it”

    PS Hi!

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  2. Hi Roman, thanks – I just saw that and also two other mistakes in that post that I have now corrected. Must have been a late night lol. How are you these days? Are you keeping up your Zen practice? Would be great to see you sometime.

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