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Lions Roar : May 2015
HOW TO PRACTICE Zazen JULES SHUZEN HARRIS teaches the meditation practice at the heart of Zen Buddhism. THERE ARE MANY FORMS of medita- tion that offer you the opportunity to cultivate stillness and open up space in your life. One such form, zazen, has both outward and inward instructions in how to engage your awareness in the imme- diate, uninterpreted experience of the present moment. Zazen is being awake but letting go, experiencing your present moment awareness without thought or story. As a central form of meditation in Zen Buddhism, zazen is usually coupled with study and teaching to help develop greater clarity in our practice. Zazen often includes a specific practice, such as counting your breaths, to focus your attention and develop your powers of concentration. There has been a lot of attention recently on the many practical benefits of meditation. It reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and is effective in work- ing with depression, anxiety, and anger. These are all good reasons to meditate, but ultimately Buddhists practice zazen and other meditations to realize what Buddhism calls our true nature, which is beyond self-identity with its self- imposed limitations. From a Buddhist perspective, our main problem is attach- ment to our deluded idea of who we are, and what we need to do to maintain this delusion. To make real progress in zazen, we must make a genuine commitment to practice. We may not recognize dramatic changes in our lives right away, but that’s okay. One aspect of relating to our prac- tice is to approach it with a balance of A psychotherapist and Soto Zen priest, JULES SHUZEN HARRIS is the founder of the Soji Zen Center in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. ILLUSTRATIONSBYTOMIUM effort and patience. To find that which is beyond our ideas of self, we need to engage in our own experience of practice. Books and articles, however well written, are no substitute. You should preferably sit in the morn- ing, starting with ten minutes a day for the first week. As your practice develops, gradually work up to 20-30 minutes a day. Here are some simple instructions to get you started: FIND A QUIET space to sit. It may help to create an uncluttered space, free of as many distractions as possible. Working to create an outwardly clear, calm space reflects our care for our practice and also supports the interior aspects of our SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2015 31 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE