Not-Zen is everything that does not seem to be Zen: ego, suffering, old age, illness, death, ignorance, and confusion…
In order to overcome Not-Zen – suffering – many people have started to practice Zen.
The wave is pushing against the ocean.
If we’re not sitting zazen, are we not zen?
To understand Zen and feel comfortable in Zen, it is good to sit in zazen every single day.
To sit in zazen, choose a place you will like and where you can stay quiet for about 20 minutes. Make sure the temperature and light are comfortable. Don’t waste time looking for or decorating the place: you can sit anywhere.
In 1998 I wrote down some experiences of my first ten years of Zen practice. I imagined and told the story of a morning sitting during a sesshin. If you like, follow me, the narrator, into the meditation room: We enter the Zendo together, find our place and sit down on the meditation cushion…
A flame, as soon as it is lit, illuminates a room that was dark before.
Now that I can see what it is, I can find my way around the room. I can move without constantly bumping into tables or benches. As soon as I have orientated myself, I can start to get to know the things that are in the room and then use them as I please.
Was I blind before, I am now seeing.
In 1998 I wrote down some experiences of my first ten years of Zen practice. I imagined and told the story of a morning sitting during a sesshin. So far we have entered Zendo, before six o’clock in the morning; we have settled down on our cushion and now we are waiting for the beginning of zazen…