Zazen is translated as Zen meditation. But the 2 practices are not quite the same:
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Zazen is just sitting with the correct posture. However, there is a sequence to a zazen session:
Dogen, the father of zazen, wrote “In our zazen, it is of primary importance to sit in the correct posture. Next, regulate the breath and calm down.”
People think of zazen as a solution to personal sufferings or the cultivation of an individual. It is not. Zazen is the posture in which a human being does nothing for the sake of a human being, the human being is freed from being a human being and becomes a Buddha.
When sitting in zazen we unconditionally surrender our human ignorance. In effect we are saying “I will not use these human capacities for my confused, self-centered purposes. By adopting zazen posture, my hands, legs, lips and mind are all sealed. They are just as they are. I can create no karma with any of them.”
Zen is not a moral teaching, and as it is without dogma, it does not require one to believe in anything. A true spiritual path does not tell people what to believe in; rather it shows them how to think; or, in the case of Zen - what not to think.
Zen Buddhism, like a taste or a smell, is a practice that needs to be experienced, not a concept to understand.
It's best to avoid the commercialization of contemplation if you want an authentic experience of meditation. Meditation has left the ashrams and become a fixture in the boardroom and livings rooms everywhere. Unfortunately, as spiritual practices enter into the wide marketplace of ideas, there is a tendency for them to be degraded and repackaged into self-improvement drivel and self-serving nonsense.
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