Meditation Resources

These are some teachings I find helpful on the practice of just sitting.

Basic Meditation Instruction Video (posture and breathing)
Definitions of Shikantaza
Zazen: Just Ordinary Mind
How to do Zazen from SotoZen-Net
An Attempt At Instructions for Zazen (Koun Franz)
Calmness of Zazen by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Mind and Zazen by Shohaku Okamura Roshi
Fukanzazengi (universal recommendations for zazen) by Eihei Dogen
What is Silent Illumination?

Recommended Books

Zen Meditation in Plain English by John Daishin Buksbazen
Most Intimate by Pat Enkyo O’Hara
Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner
Opening the Hand of Thought by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi
Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
The Art of Just Sitting by John Daido Loori

Shikantaza Zazen must be sat, for the time it is sat, with the student profoundly trusting deep in her bones that sitting itself is a complete and sacred act, the one and only action that need be done in the whole universe in that instant of sitting. This truth should not be thought about or voiced in so many words, but must be silently and subtly felt deep down. The student must taste vibrantly that the mere act of sitting Zazen, in that moment, is whole and thoroughly complete, the total fruition of life’s goals, with nothing lacking and nothing to be added to the bare fact of sitting here and now. There must be a sense that the single performance of crossing the legs (or sitting in some other balanced posture) is the realization of all that was ever sought, that there is simply no other place to go in the world nor thing left to do besides sitting in such posture. … Zazen is the one task and experience that brings meaning and fruition to that time, with nothing else to do. This fulfillment in “Just Sitting” must be felt with a tangible vibrancy and energy, trusting that one is sitting at the very pinnacle of life.”

— Jundo Cohen


2 Responses to Meditation Resources

  1. Dawn says:

    Is this group still running?

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