Are there any practices in Zen not found in Theravada (other than koans and shouting and hitting)?
I practiced Zen for a long time and then changed too theravada and as i read the pali canon and commentaries and some other theravada literature, i'm finding every single thing i learned in zen.
the attitude and goal are a little different, but only when you get into debates on literal meanings of phrases and defining states of mind that are usually outside of normal comprehension in the first place.
i am not talking about doctrines or philosophical ideas (buddha nature, etc.), i'm talking about literal practices (sitting meditation methods, chanting, walking meditation, etc.).
if this were something more mundane it would be like:
does restaurant "A" have the same cooking methods (stir frying, mincing, deep frying, etc.) as restaurant "B"? but i'm not concerned about ideas (restaurant "A" thinks that painting the walls yellow makes customers feel relaxed and restaurant "B" thinks painting them blue is better, restaurant "A" believes that deep down everyone wants too stuff themselves until they cannot eat any more, restaurant "B" believes that deep down people prefer moderation and do not like overeating, etc.)
is there anything a theravada teacher will tell you to do that a zen teacher would not.
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on Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:22 pm, edited 1 time in total.
The time would not pass. Somebody was playing with the clocks, and not only the electronic clocks but the wind-up kind too. The second hand on my watch would twitch once, and a year would pass, and then it would twitch again.
There was nothing I could do about it. As an Earthling I had to believe whatever clocks said -and calendars.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five