Just Sitting: The Zen Practice of shikantaza
- In the Sōtō Zen tradition, one meditates with the eyes partially open, facing a wall. This is to minimize the distraction of seeing other people while you meditate. Many other traditions involved closed-eyed meditation, and you can sit anywhere.
|Zen enso or circle: empty zero?|
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It is “objectless meditation,” where you focus on everything you experience [and therefore not objectless as one shifts to what is salient in the internal and external environment] -- thoughts, sounds, feelings -- without attaching [clinging] to any of them.
|Form is emptiness. Emptiness is form.|
- For more about shikantaza see The Art of Just Sitting: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind is one of the best books for an introduction to Zen.
- Look for a local Sōtō Zen center, or visit Treeleaf, an online Zen community that has members all over the world.
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