What is Zazen?


Photo of Taïkan Jyoji, the Falaise Verte Center’s founder. He has been the representative of Myoshin-ji affiliated Rinzai Zen for Europe since his official recognition by Yamada Mumon Rôshi in 1976.

In Zen Buddhism, zazen literally means “seated meditation”. In general, it can be regarded as a means of insight into the nature of existence.

The aim of zazen is just sitting, that is, suspending all judgmental thinking and letting words, ideas, images, and thoughts pass by without getting involved in them. Very similar to Yogic tradition where the aim is to become witness to everything without getting entangled.

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