During our sessions we practice “sitting” which is called zazen. We focus on posture, breath and attitude because all three are essential for zazen. We learn that proper posture is best attained by sitting on a cushion (Zafu) on the floor. We sit to form a stable tripod formed with the legs which is accomplished by sitting either in the full-lotus, half-lotus, Burmese or Seiza (kneeling) position. We also learn that breath is a very important factor of zazen. We practice breathing from the bottom of the abdomen so that we can feel our diaphragm rise and fall. Finally we become aware that the proper attitude in zazen requires the proper body position, and the proper breath. While sitting we learn to broaden and deepen the level of our perception, and to let go of everything but the present moment. We practice to notice when our mind wanders to the troubles or joys of yesterday, today or tomorrow; and to be careful not to scold ourselves, but gently return to the present moment, and the present breath.
We are associated with Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji.
Zen Body Zen Mind
Zen Body Zen Mind is an ongoing class series exploring breath, posture, structural alignment and mind body unification. This series provides foundational training for zazen, utilizing methods from Zen, Aikido and Integral Bodywork.
Thank you for your interest in joining our practice group!
We encourage beginners to join the Zen Body Zen Mind class series to receive foundational training for zazen.
If you are interested in practicing zazen (seated meditation) you are welcome to join our weekly zazen class. Our zazen practice includes two 30-minute sits. Beginners with little sitting experience can choose to participate in only the first sit.
We ask non-members for a $10 donation per class.