I did my first Zen meditation sesshin in 1972 at the San Francisco Zen Center with Zen Master Dainin Katagiri Roshi. A sesshin is a seven to ten day intense immersion in Zen meditation practices with instructions. Every now and then, you get to have a face to face meeting, called dokusan, with the Zen master in charge of the sesshin. I met with Katagiri Roshi two or three times. During my third visit a told him that shikantaza (just sitting) is like a redwood tree in the forest. It just sits there, soaking up sunlight and nutrients from the soil.
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