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Sudden Awakening Awakening can come gradually, almost imperceptibly, or in a sudden, life-altering flash. But however it happens, what's important is that awakening is real and possible. Like life itself, says John Tarrant , Zen's enigmatic koans offer us a path to surprising, unpredictable transformation. when will it happen to you and what—donkey, broom, or morning star—will trigger it? You Already Understand! Bodhidharma, founder of the Zen lineage, is said to have described Zen this way: "A special transmission outside the scriptures/ Not depending on words and letters/ Pointing directly to the human mind/ Seeing into one's nature and attaining Buddhahood."
How to Meditate: The Shambhala Sun offers the best selection of meditation instructions available on the web, with contributions from Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, and many more great teachers. Why is sitting and doing nothing the most difficult, mysterious, joyful, painful, profound, and life-changing thing we can do? Because it is the radical opposite of what we usually do to try to make ourselves happy. Yet, it works! In this selection of articles from the Shambhala Sun, we present teachings on the various techniques of meditation from all the major schools of Buddhism.