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.
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.
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.
What did the Dalai Lama say to the pizza guy from Brooklyn? “Make me one with everything!” It’s a familiar joke, muses Lama Surya Das, but it holds a profound truth: that in addition to inner peace, meditation is a path for all-inclusive connection.
Beginning Zen meditation is a step into the unknown―let Zen Meditation for Beginners be your guide. This simple, straightforward handbook shows you how to embrace the beauty and clarity of the present moment―helping you destress and find balance at home, at work, or wherever you are.