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Does awareness of dreams and deep sleep come with ongoing zazen or is there some specific preparation for this?

Sitting Zazen is a means yet what is important is our consciousness. This consciousness is exists not only when we are sitting but 24 hours a day. Standing, sitting, walking, working, waking up, sleeping - all is in our consciousness. The consciousness holds onto the consciousness, simply staying with it, you cannot get distracted from it. Neither letting any idea of like - dislike or achievement enter. When the consciousness has grasped the consciousness, it simply can exist by itself, any kind of differentiation dropping away. This is called "the great death". When you have broken through your own consciousness, your consciousness can be reborn and you encounter your fresh awareness.

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