Thursday, November 14, 2013

Beginning Zazen or Zen Meditation Instructions

Below is a very good instructional video for the Practice of Zazen or Zen Meditation. Everything you need to know to start this form of very effective meditation is shown and explained in this video. This Roshi is from the Rinzai School of Zen as opposed to the Soto School that I am familiar with but the Zazen is done the same way. The only difference is in how he holds his hands or the Mudra but he also shows the Mudra that I use. Either is fine. Give it a try and see how you like it. Happy sitting!


Zazen, or formal seated meditation, is a core practice of Zen. This video for beginners instructs basic zazen from the standpoint of three aspects: posture, breathing and method. Grab a cushion, sit down and follow along! Advice regarding establishing an ongoing meditation practice is also given.

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  1. Zazen is the manifestation of meditation at the very heart of Zen practice. Indeed,Zen is known as the "meditation school" of Buddhism.Fundamentally,zazen is the investigation of the self.The great Master Dogen said,"To study the Buddha Way is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, and to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things."To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to perceive the solidarity of the self and the ten thousand things.
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    1. Thank for sharing your Wisdom Laura. It is always a Blessing to hear from someone who understands. I briefly looked at your website and see that it deserves a lot of my attention. My night has sadly come to an end but I will certainly visit it as soon as possible.Please come again and have a wonderful night my friend.

      Peace Be with You...Namaste'