Join master Zen teacher, David Montiel every Tuesday.
The Way to study the Self.
The Zen Buddhism does not use the word “meditation” because traditionally the central practice of the so-called Zen Schools of Buddhism is ZAZEN which is not actually a form of meditation since there is no attempt to direct the mind on any object. This practice is very simple, but not easy; they refer as SHIKANTAZA meaning just sitting. In practicing shikantaza, no mantra or object of meditation is used, and no technique for controlling or eliminating mental activity is employed. The practitioner simply sits in the upright zazen posture, breathing naturally while letting go of thoughts and emotions as they arise and dissipate. The discipline of sitting and simply paying attention to one’s breath, posture and mind naturally brings one able to “center” one’s whole existence in the here and now which is key in the Zen way, is a discipline of attention and awareness and tends toward a greater integration in one’s life, bringing the pieces together.