About Zazen

About Zazen

Zazen is Zen meditation practice, just as exactly, Zen is the practice of zazen and the continuation of the mind of zazen in daily life.  But what is zazen?  

  1. A posture of the body
    – There are many possible ways of sitting in a stable and balanced way – see the image below for some of those ways
  2. A posture of attention
    – During zazen, one let’s one’s attention fall on posture and breath. Follow the path o the breathing within your body.  Paying full attention to body and the coming and going of breath inevitably brings us back to this present moment.
  3. A posture of the mind
    This is of course the essential point.  It’s not a question of trying to empty the mind, but of not grasping on to the thoughts and processes . When we concentrate on our posture and breath, it’s possible to put the mind at a distance.  This attitude is called “letting thoughts pass”, as we do when we watch the clouds in the sky.