Still Water Zendo
When the water is
the moon appears.
approach to Zen (Chan) teachings regarding mindful living
and the benefits of zazen (sitting meditation).
cannot be found in words or descriptions. As soon as it is described, it
is not Zen. Life is thought of as a gift to be experienced - an
investigation into life. Awakening occurs when one realizes that our
situation is both hopeless and wonderful. Concentration is developed to
gain awareness of the eternal, timeless moment. From this, a joy begins to
develop as one accepts the circumstances of their life just as they are; the
very purpose of life found in the deceptively simple activity of experiencing.
When one looks very carefully, the self cannot be found. The self is
actually an activity shaped moment by moment. The ultimate goal of Zen
then is to live an experiential life where one loses the "self" to
gain a pure experience of reality.
Zen literally means to meditate, this is the primary path to awakening.
In Zen practice, mediation is known as ‘zazen’ and is the heart of
the practice. During zazen,
practitioners sit with an unsupported, erect spine.
This can be done in a variety of postures including: full-lotus,
half-lotus, Burmese (cross-legged posture with ankles placed in front of
sitter), seiza (kneeling posture), or sitting in a chair.
The hands are placed in a ‘cosmic mudra’ with eyes half-open.
The practitioner then just sits, neither seeking, nor turning away from
stimuli. The analogy of a reflective
pond can be imagined…the water will reflect whatever passes overhead.
If clouds float above, the pond reflects and does not grasp at them.
If birds fly overhead, the pond again reflects them perfectly, not
worried about their passing. All
things that float above the pond are reflected and noticed, but are not clung
most practices involve a lot of words, beliefs, and faith - Zen involves
listening with an inward examination to understand one's place in the
universe. No matter one's religious, agnostic, or atheistic background,
everyone is welcome to learn how Zen can increase his or her awareness.
sit every Thursday from 7:00pm
to 8:15pm - please feel free to come sit with me.
Home Medical Building
Third Street, Suite B
Library Building - Rear Entrance - Second Floor)
thanks to Mark Seager, owner of Prairie Home Medical Supply and SecondwindCPAP,
for donating space for this zazen group.
- Fa Che Shakya
Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun
De, Fa Che, Chuan Zhi
Ceremony - Phoenix, AZ 2008