Due to the huge ammount of information and topics here in this forum, I want to ask you for advice: what is the best "sequence" of topics/messages/books/practices recommended to begginers, to "get the rhytm" of the Sangha? is there a sequence you experienced brothers/sisters and/or teachers do recommend?
(I mean, after completing "A SERIES OF TALKS FOR NEW FOLKS" topic)
From where should I start? :roll:
My daily practice consists in sitting on the Zafu, light a candle and an incense for two Zazen periods of 30 minutes each, sometimes 4 periods at morning (right after waking-up) and evening (before bed), reading "Zen Mind, Begginer´s Mind" and "Everyday Zen", and eventually reading to some topics on this forum as they catch my interest. Posting silly begginers questions, eventually, too. ops:
Well, I´m decided to practice/study Zen serioulsy and - who knows - even take Jukai if I can... if I deserve it.
I want to participate more, be in contact with the teachers and Sangha...!
So, let me ask another begginer´s question.
I´ve heard about a kind of mantra, they call of "Heart Sutra", which is singed before Zazen practice. I found it in portuguese, and found it quite interesting maybe more "mysterious" than these "koans" you talk about sometimes.
Should I use it on my Zazen practice? how? why people gives so much importance to it?
How can I start to understand it´s meaning?
Can I sing it in portuguese or do you recommend I do it in Japanese...?
Many thanks, again.