Monthly Archives: April 2011

Zazen 101: Form & Formless Intention

Zazen is somewhat exacting in terms of form. It’s not easy to do full lotus with hands perched in the enlightenment mudra for 30, 45 minutes or an hour. And it’s also true that the physical posture alone with a certain focus on breathing does not equate to doing zazen. I’m going to make an argument in this post. That is that the intention of zazen, the Bodhisattva Vow, is formless, and as such makes zazen zazen. The form of it isn’t formless from the standpoint of reason, but the form of this special kind of intention is not really like other intentions…. Continue reading

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Meditation Corner: Zazen 101

This first class installment will focus on the basics, but will be holistic from the start in containing all the element of zazen. What it won’t focus on is the fine-tuning of doing better zazen, which will wait for later installments. Ready? Let’s dive in… Continue reading

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