Thanks Bodom, I practice Zen but I am influenced by Theravada too. In fact I see more in common with theravada than with other Mayahana school, maybe I'm alone in that?
Most Zennists I know I quite strict with eyes open. When at the zendo I follow tradition, when at home I'll close my eyes cos I find it too distracting with eyes open.
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah