Beginning Zen Meditation

The Hazy Moon Meditation Center in Los Angeles offers training and retreats in beginning Zen meditation.

The lesson in this video corresponds to how I was taught at my first seshin (retreat) many years ago.

The instructors talked about sitting in one of several comfortable positions:

  • the full lotus position
  • the half-lotus position
  • the Burmese pose
  • the kneeling position
  • on a bench
  • in a chair

Whatever you sitting position, it is necessary to keep your back straight and your gaze forward.

Zen may not be for everyone. In fact, the different Zen traditions have different ways of doing things.

Many Zen teachers are very strict with following their traditions. This is just the nature of Zen.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from the discipline of Zen, please let them know.

Note: This video first appeared on Best Meditation Videos on June 25, 2012. It is still relevant today


These were the first two books I began my Zen training with in 1984. They are classics for every library.

Zen Mind, Beginner’s MindZen Mind, Beginner's Mind The Three Pillars of ZenThe Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment

These two books are probably the most read books on Zen. Their content is extremely enjoyable and they are written very clearly.

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