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Zen Meditation



Zen meditation comes from a long Buddhist tradition. Also known as zazen, this sitting meditation, usually done in the lotus position in a quiet space, focuses on clarity and calmness of the mind to experience awakening. As thoughts arise, they are simply observed and released, as is the cycle of breath. There is no specific focus of the practice. Although Zen meditation seeks no answers, the practice of awareness, appreciation and connectedness to the present moment will bring life answers on their own terms. Some Zen masters will present a koan, a type of riddle or puzzle, at the time of meditation, as a tool to open the mind to possibilities.

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THE ZEN MIND - An Introduction by Empty Mind Films

This is a clip from The Zen Mind documentary, filmed in Japan. It serves as a nice overview of zen - a topic very few people can fully understand.

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Zen in the Art of Archery

A classic work on Eastern philosophy, Zen in the Art of Archery is a charming and deeply illuminating story of one man’s experience with Zen. Eugen Herrigel, a German professor of Philosophy in Tokyo, took up the study of archery as a step toward an understanding of Zen Buddhism.

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Take Five

At the core of the Zen Buddhist tradition is a formal practice called zazen, which is the name for Zen meditation or sitting Zen.

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Zen Meditation Instruction (How to Meditate)

Zen Meditation Instruction from Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, a Zen Buddhist Training Center located in the Southern California mountains.

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Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life

We can use whatever life presents to strengthen our spiritual practice—including the turmoil of daily life. What we need is the willingness to just be with our experiences—whether they are painful or pleasing—and open ourselves to the reality of our lives without trying to fix or change anything.

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Phrases and Spaces

Zen practitioners don’t “work on” koans. Koans work on them. Norman Fischer offers a poet’s take on the phrases and spaces of Zen practice, including his favorite: “Who is sick?”

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How Do You Like Zazen - How Do You Like Brown Rice?

One of five student films from San Francisco State University Cinema Department made in 1998 using footage from existing films (all herein) mixing in new film, photos, Shunryu Suzuki lecture and other audio. This one features a lecture Suzuki gave at the San Francisco Zen Center City Center Feb.

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Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Zen Meditation

Spiritual practice is not some kind of striving to produce enlightenment, but an expression of the enlightenment already inherent in all things: Such is the Zen teaching of Dogen Zenji (1200–1253) whose profound writings have been studied and revered for more than seven hundred years, influencing...

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Warm-Hearted Practice

When your practice improves, and you have good control over your desires and your everyday life, then you will have big freedom from everything. That is the goal of our practice, both for priests and for lay people.

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Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation

Mark Watts compiled this book from his father’s extensive journals and audiotapes of famous lectures he delivered across the country.

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