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Satori in Contemporary World
Although the concept of satori seems to be difficult when it is translated into Western languages, it is basically a simple way to describe the experience of the world after spending a considerable time in self reflection. If one wants to experience satori in one's life, the Zen Buddhist would say, "Well, sit down and just think by yourself for a while".
I have removed the above, as it entirely misrepresents the topic. Zen is the art of 'giving oneself wholeheartedly into whatever is happening at this particular moment', and is nothing to do with 'self reflection'. Satori certainly can't be experienced by sitting down and thinking.--MichaelMaggs 07:11, 6 June 2006 (UTC)
Momentary or Permanent
Please can someone change the formatting on this for me? There is a bit of a dillemma between Suzuki's claim that Satori is permanent, and the claim that nirvhana is permanent while satori is transitory. Perhaps the article might highlight rather than eliminate the this dillema, which is I believe one which exists in other and self appraisals of Zen. Non Zen buddhist have criticised zen for its search for momentary awakenings. Zen buddhist have replied that their awakenings are not impermanent but result in or thus in a sense are permanent enlightenment. There is no going back. There is a bit of a dillemma between Suzuki's claim that Satori is permanent, and the claim that nirvhana is permanent while satori is transitory. Perhaps the article might highlight rather than eliminate the this dillema, which is I believe one which exists in other and self appraisals of Zen. Non Zen buddhist have criticised zen for its search for momentary awakenings. Zen buddhist have replied that their awakenings are not impermanent but result in or thus in a sense are permanent enlightenment. There is no going back. This links to the famous (for me contraversial from a Buddhist point of view) Zen saying along the lines of "after enlightenment the mountain is still a mountain and a stream is still a stream." To this, siding with those that criticise Zen, one might claim that this just goes to show that Satori is only momentary because after enlightement there is no mountain, no stream, but on the other hand it is true that they have not changed only ones awareness of them, and that through satori one has become enlightened. Or should that be "more enlightened?" This debate reminds me of the variation on the nursery ryme, "Ten Green Bottles" -- "Ten sticks of dynamite hanging on a wall and if one stick of dynamite should accidentally fall, there'd be no sticks of dynamite and no b***** wall." Perhaps Zen is more like the original? --Timtak 06:41, 28 September 2006 (UTC)
A zen master advises
Satori is the permenant enlightened person. Translation is very difficult and the person appears the Satori. And to be on the Zen path as Satori student appears the translation difficultly for the adjective of satori is also the usage of the term. It has two distinct definitions.
So the condition as transitory appears the student merely testing the Zen Path of the true monk. A life's commitment is required.
So the degree of enlightenment is the meaning of the place on the path. A bare beginning of the path is to understand in English the true nature of satori, for the soul is to be the term also.
Satori as the old enlightened monk is the soul walking now.
SO Suzuki is correct, always follow his guide in English for it is the best around right now.
--188.8.131.52 15:59, 28 October 2006 (UTC)
- Yeah this article is gibberish. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk • contribs) 20:58, June 12, 2009 (UTC)
"Additional pair of arms" quote
Abidagus has removed this quote from the lead: "Satori is an intuitive experience and has been described as being similar to awakening one day with an additional pair of arms, and only later learning how to use them." I don't have any problem at all with that edit, especially since a citation was requested over a year ago, but I can't help but think there might be a good, original source for that out there somewhere. Anyone have any idea where it's from? I haven't had any luck with Google because of the huge number of mirror sites with this article's text. Thanks. — Satori Son 13:56, 23 August 2011 (UTC)