“Zazen is like water in a glass. Leave the water to sit quietly and soon the dirt will sink down.”- Taisen Deshimaru
Based on Zen Buddhism, this is a simple and precise method of meditation. It is based on finding a steady (sitting) posture and then following the breath, or reciting mantras, in order to quiet the incessant thinking mind. Through this practice, you become more aware of how much garbage and unnecessary thinking is filling up your mind! You also begin to ask the real questions, ‘who am I’, ‘what am I’, on the way to waking up from the dream of everyday conditioned existence and into seeing your true nature.
Being awake in your life means really seeing things as they are, finding the action you wish to take, and just doing it. You become a more compassionate being and you live more fully in the present, eventually letting go of ideas and practices that are not suitable to your life. This is the ultimate freedom… and it also takes time and effort!
The Zazen is open to all levels. We are practicing together, sitting quietly side by side, in an intimacy that we can only share in this non-verbal communion.
Michael Stone (https://michaelstoneteaching.com/community-library/)
Charlotte Joko Beck (http://www.ordinarymind.com/charlotte-joko-beck)
Hyon Gak Sunim (http://www.mirrorofzen.com/index.html)