“Put aside the intellectual habit of chasing words and phrases and learn to take the backward step that shines the light inward.”
Eihei Dogan 1200-1253
Unlike many meditation practices, the purpose of zazen is not to achieve any particular state of mind. Letting go of conceptual distractions in the mind, we allow the breath to bring us back to the direct experience of the present moment. Each moment of zazen is fresh and unique, which helps us realise that life consists of constant change. Through this realisation each person will find their own organic process over time leading to a greater feeling and understanding of consciousness.
1. Eases anxiety and depression
Bolsters self confidence
3. Reduces stress
4. Reduces inflammation
5. Improves sleep
6. Improves congnitive function
7. Helps curb addiction
8. Eases pain
9. Controls food cravings
10. Decreases blood pressure
Zazen is immediate and straightforward, yet radical in its acceptance of conditions and penetrating wisdom.