Tag Archives: Zazen

Building a Daily Spiritual Practice

After studying Islam and observing some of the Islamic daily prayers for a few weeks, I have realized how meaningful devotionals are. When you start the day facing the Gods and with your goals and objectives borne out of your desire to help fulfill the Divine Will, things not only go more smoothly, but your […]

Meditation & Enlightenment

I found meditation difficult this week. It felt easier to trance out through yoga and exercise and reading than to “just sit.” There were so many things I was hiding from myself, so many tensions in my soul that I did not want to face in the stillness of zazen. In a talk on shikantaza (Hakuun Ryōko Yasutani: “Shikantaza is […]

Meditation and Piety

In the past two months, I’ve begun exploring yoga. Exercise has always been an incredible method of trance for me, and it has always been something that I have regularly devoted myself to (though when I was very little I tended to tell people, “I’m not athletic, but I like to read!”), whether it’s been ballet, […]