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Theravada, 3 years.
I've been practicing breathing meditation and for almost a year, I've noticed I am better at focusing at nothing at all than towards my breath. But once I do this, I do way better at focusing towards the breath afterwards. What is the practice of emptying the mind completely? Is it Shikantaza? Should I be practicing that instead? I like the idea of Theravada how it is the most ancient living school and that you don't need a teacher the whole way. I also like reading the Buddha's Word. But zazen seems way more simple. Which discipline might be best for me? I really do like simplicity. And I'm already friends with some local Theravada monks. BUT I am very skeptical of the supernatural and it seems that Zen can be that way, too.
Which is the "better" path, however you personally wish to define that?