Zen Buddhism which was practiced earlier by the Mahayana Buddhists emphasizes on wisdom attained through oneâ€™s experiences.
It believes in the concept of Zazen or Seated meditation. Meditation performed when seated is a meditative discipline performed to calm the body and the mind and experience insight into the nature of existence.
Originally the term referred to a sitting practice alone, but now it is commonly used to refer to practices in any posture.
Here are a few easy instructions, which will help you experience the Zen Meditation.
- Arrange youâ€™re self comfortably on a cushion or chair. Make sure your legs are in a comfortable position.
- Take a deep breath, exhale fully, and take another deep breath, inhaling fully.
- Proper physical posture will enable your breathing to flow naturally into your lower abdomen.
- Breathe naturally and easily. Keep your attention on your breath whilst practicing this meditation.
- Be conscious and aware of your breathing. When your attention tends to wander- which will bound to happen, bring it back to the breath again and again — as many times as necessary.
- Remain as still as possible, following your breath and returning to it whenever thoughts arise. Be fully, vitally present with yourself. Concentration is very important. Simply do your very best.
- At the end of your sitting period, gently swing your body from right to left in increasing arcs. Stretch out your legs, and be sure they have feeling before standing.
Practicing easy Zen Meditation every day for at least ten to fifteen minutes (or longer) will help you discover for yourself the treasure house of the timeless life of zazen — your very life itself.