Just kidding. My exposure to Zen literature is very limited, having only one book that is geared towards beginners, the Everything Zen Book, which was a gift to me from my wife.
While reading through some of the history of Zen, I came across a section that spoke of the Rinzai tradition and the emphasis on sleep deprivation as a means of opening the mind.
Most people I know wouldn't participate in this willingly, and some of us don't have a choice. I wake up very early, usually 5:30 or 6 in the morning, in order to get our daughter ready for school and start a day of caring for our son, housecleaning, various projects, exercise whenever possible and zazen. When my wife comes home from work, we speak briefly, then I'm off to work from 3 or 4 in the afteroon until 12 or 1 in the morning, sometimes later.
My activity at home isn't all that vigorous, but I need to keep up or face the wrath of my better half, and daycare for our son isn't an option due to the cost. Living this way leaves my mind in a pile of mush, and I find it difficult to read for any length of time. It also puts a damper on my time online as well, though that's not necessarily a bad thing :wink:
I've read that enlightenment in Rinzai is usually through satori, all at once, while in Soto it usually occurs in kenshos, or smaller flashes. The realizations I've been experiencing could be described as flashes, and I'm curious to know if my sleep deprivation may have contributed to these experiences. My lack of sleep has been going for 6 years plus, although I've been working night shift for 14 years.
Any thoughts? Thanks in advance