Zen is the study of the self. Zazen is a physical and mental activity in which we create a laboratory within us, to study the self. Within this ‘practical laboratory’, we eliminate distractions by being still and sitting in silence. There are many forms of Zen meditation, from following our breathing to the 8 levels of absorption (samadhi/ jhana), from the penetrating inquiry of koan study, through shikan-taza (sitting as this very moment) to Pure Being beyond form and formlessness. We begin by sitting still in silence, breathing fully and mentally focused on the sensations in the kikai meridian point in the low belly moving with our inhalation and exhalation.
This practice, zazen, can be practiced by anyone regardless of experience or background. This is a practice cultivating deep concentration and alertness to each moment of life. This brings with it deeper understanding of our own humanity and human development.