Gudo Nishijima on Zazen

This video features Gudo Nishijima on zazen. He is an 80+ year old Japanese Zen teacher.

In this video, he describes how to practice zazen.

The practice begins with bowing to your seat and turning around to bow again.

He then talks about posture and sitting with your spine straight.

The position of the hands and arms are then described.

Leave your eyes open, although some schools suggest half open.

Just keeping the spine straight without thinking – that is zazen!

I found zazen to very rewarding meditation practice even though by knees and back suffered.

Recently, I have discovered that sitting or lying down meditation is just as effective.

Have you tried zazen? What did you think of it?

Do you know someone who would benefit from sitting zazen? Please share!

Note: This video first appeared on Best Meditation Videos on July 27, 2012. It is worth watching again!

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The book, The Three Pillars of Zen, was one of the most influential books in my whole life. During a period of deep questioning, I began to look at many spiritual practices. When I read this book, I saw something in the zen approach to Buddhism that I could relate to. This was more than 25 years ago.

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