Ministering to the sick, the dying, and their loved ones is hard enough at the best of times. Four chaplains in the Bay Area share what it was like as the pandemic raged.
In the practice of shikantaza, or “just sitting,” says Josh Bartok, there’s a lot more going on than one might think.
Lin Jensen recounts his experience with the ancient Zen practice of wall sitting: what is it about a wall that helps penetrate consciousness?
All that we are and experience is mind, explains Zen teacher Norman Fischer. That mind is original enlightenment itself.
Barry Magid says Buddhist practice is like looking in a mirror — there’s no wrong way to do it. The important thing is to be yourself.
Shine the light inward. Body and mind will drop away. A meditation instruction from Eihei Dogen, one of Buddhism’s greatest teachers.
Jan Chozen Bays on shikantaza and koan study, Zen’s two primary practices.
The Zen practice of just sitting, says Lewis Richmond, doesn’t help us to reach our destination. It allows us to stop having one. But how do you “go” nowhere?
Zen teachings by Sekkei Harada Roshi
If you are carving your own dragon, you will never see the real one. That’s why true zazen requires giving up your personal style of practice.