Age criteria for practising zazen.

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  • Sridevi
    Member
    • Feb 2014
    • 17

    Age criteria for practising zazen.

    Hello All,
    I am 22 years old and have been 'practising zazen' for the past 6 months. I sometimes think if am too young to be getting involved in Zen.
    Please guide me on this.
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39221

    #2
    Hi Sridevi,

    No, 22 is not too young at all. You are an adult. Anyway, from a Buddhist perspective, age is also something of just a state of mind.

    Sridevi, might I trouble you to look at the welcome email I sent you, and to post some greetings here ...



    Welcome again.

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • Mp

      #3
      Hello Sridevi ... I am 45 and sometimes 12, others times 102! All different yet all the same. =)

      Gassho
      Shingen

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      • Nameless
        Member
        • Apr 2013
        • 461

        #4
        Hey Sridevi,

        Nah, it matters not. Especially since time is mostly conceptual lol. As Shingen wisely said, mental age can change from moment to moment. We can even be ageless in a way. Anyway, welcome to the Sangha!

        Gassho, Foolish John

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        • Joyo

          #5
          I think you are very fortunate to have found such a wonderful path at a young age. I wish you all the best, and welcome to the sangha

          Gassho,
          Joyo

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          • Jishin
            Member
            • Oct 2012
            • 4819

            #6
            I wish I had started at 22 instead of 44. Glad you are here at treeleaf. 😄

            Gassho, Jishin

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            • Entai
              Member
              • Jan 2013
              • 451

              #7
              I started in my mid-20s or so...then I ran around in circles chasing Zen for quite a few years before I actually sat down.

              Welcome and good sitting!

              Gassho, Entai

              泰 Entai (Bill)
              "this is not a dress rehearsal"

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              • Kyonin
                Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
                • Oct 2010
                • 6739

                #8
                Hi.

                Nope. Not young at all. I begun meditating at 15 and begun practicing zazen when I was about 25.

                So no. Never too young. Never too old.

                Gassho,

                Kyonin
                Hondō Kyōnin
                奔道 協忍

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                • Geika
                  Treeleaf Unsui
                  • Jan 2010
                  • 4977

                  #9
                  I was also 22 when I joined Treeleaf, so how could I say, "too young"?
                  求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
                  I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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                  • Sridevi
                    Member
                    • Feb 2014
                    • 17

                    #10
                    Thank You!! Now am kinda convinced that age doesn't matter.
                    Thanks again.

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                    • Jinyo
                      Member
                      • Jan 2012
                      • 1957

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Jishin
                      I wish I had started at 22 instead of 44. Glad you are here at treeleaf. 

                      Gassho, Jishin
                      Or even 60

                      Gassho

                      Willow

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                      • bya
                        Member
                        • Feb 2012
                        • 24

                        #12
                        22... You're a lucky man! :-)

                        Gassho.

                        Bya

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                        • Tiwala
                          Member
                          • Oct 2013
                          • 201

                          #13
                          ... sorry for the double post. I can't figure posting from my tab still, ugh.
                          Last edited by Tiwala; 02-20-2014, 01:17 PM.
                          Gassho
                          Ben

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                          • Tiwala
                            Member
                            • Oct 2013
                            • 201

                            #14
                            I'm even younger than you are. I'm very grateful for all the older people here, which is probably 90% at least. Makes me remember I still have so much more to learn in life.

                            And actually, before joining any sangha, I was afraid Zen might just be another youth fad. I was completely mistaken. Even the brick and mortar Zen centre I go to is full of old, wise (in a good zennie sense), down to earth people. Right now, it feels kind of sad that I'm the only person I know around my age that takes all this very seriously, or at least tries to.

                            Gassho, Ben



                            Gassho, Ben
                            Last edited by Tiwala; 02-20-2014, 01:19 PM.
                            Gassho
                            Ben

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                            • Ongen
                              Member
                              • Jan 2014
                              • 786

                              #15
                              Hi Sridevi, I don't think age really matters as long as you sit sincerely. I started at 13 and so far haven't found any disadvantages

                              Gassho

                              Vincent
                              Ongen (音源) - Sound Source

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