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I practice Zen Meditation since eight years without calling myself a Buddhist. I never felt the need for it. Since two years the wish is growing to call myself a Buddhist. What shall I do?


Zazen is for everyone. That is why there is no need to call oneself a Buddhist. Yet if for you the feeling has arisen to call yourself a Buddhist, most likely your state of mind has ripened and it would also be a good time to take the Lay ordination. A lay ordination ceremony is for you to become a direct discpile of the Buddha, and it strengthens your vow for deepening your training. You can deepen the wisdom received from the Buddha. The path of your mind to see the truth in a deeper way is opening.


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