Tuesday, February 9, 2010
An awful lot could be said (and has been said!) about doing zazen.
1. Sit in an alert but relaxed upright posture with a straight spine.
2. Let thoughts just come and go without involving yourself with them.
3. If you find yourself intentionally thinking or daydreaming then just stop it.
Eventually our wild brains will settle down and we'll see for ourselves that there's nothing left to do...That's the way I'd explain it in a nutshell at least!
You can download a free PDF booklet HERE with some nice, clear instructions for zazen, including info on good posture etc etc.
It's good to start with a couple of short sittings per day... maybe five minutes in the morning and five mins in the evening. It's very important to practice it regularly if you really want to get a feel for it. It seems better to start off with short sittings like this that you can work into your schedule and that don't 'burn you out' on sitting or make you dread going back to the cushion (on the other hand, some people seem OK with sitting for quite long periods right from the start... I certainly wasn't!)
You can always built up the length of time that you sit very gradually as you get used to it and as it becomes part of your daily schedule.