Pain as a phenomenon (Coffee after Zazen)

We have open talks after Zazen practise, even though this is not a common practise in Zazen groups. And on Saturdays, we would also have tea or coffee after practise, and these are moments where each of us can ask questions, or share their meditation experience.

A few weeks ago, during the coffee (or tea) talk, the Zen teacher said:

“Pain is a phenomenon, and when one can see it as such, there is no suffering (…there is even the possibility of joy, during the experience of pain)”.

Hold on to this reflection…

In the wikipedia, the explanation of the word “phenomenon” describes:

A phenomenon (Greek: φαινόμενον, phainómenon, from the verb phainein, to show, shine, appear, to be manifest or manifest itself, plural phenomena) is any thing which manifests itself. Phenomena are often, but not always, understood as “things that appear” or “experiences” for a sentient being, or in principle may be so.

The term came into its modern philosophical usage through Immanuel Kant, who contrasted it with the noumenon. In contrast to a phenomenon, a noumenon cannot be directly observed.

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