Zazen Talks

Zazen (literally "seated meditation"; Japanese: 座禅; simplified Chinese: 坐禅; traditional Chinese: 坐禪; pinyin: zuò chán; Wade–Giles: tso4-ch'an2, pronounced [tswô ʈʂʰǎn]) is a meditative discipline that is typically the primary practice of the Zen Buddhist tradition.

However, the term is a general one not unique to Zen, and thus technically any Buddhist tradition's seated meditation is "zazen". The term zuòchán can be found in early Chinese Buddhist sources, such as the Dhyāna sutras. For example, the famous translator Kumārajīva (344-413) translated a work termed Zuòchán sān mēi jīng (A Manual on the Samādhi of Sitting Meditation) and the Chinese Tiantai master Zhiyi (538–597 CE) wrote some very influential works on sitting meditation. The earliest manual on sitting meditation from an author of the Zen tradition is the Zuòchán Yí which dates to the Northern Song dynasty (CE 960 - 1126).

The meaning and method of zazen varies from school to school, but in general it is quiet type of Buddhist meditation done in a sitting posture like the lotus position. The practice can be done with various methods, such as following the breath (anapanasati), mentally repeating a phrase (which could be a koan, a mantra, a huatou or nianfo) and a kind of open monitoring in which one is aware of whatever comes to our attention (sometimes called shikantaza or silent illumination). Repeating a huatou (a short meditation phrase) is a common method in Chinese Chan and Korean Seon. Meanwhile, the practice of silently reciting the Buddha Amitabha's name is common in the traditions influenced by Pure Land practice, and was also taught by Chan masters like Zongmi.

In the Japanese Buddhist Rinzai school, zazen is usually combined with the study of koans. The Japanese Sōtō School makes less or no use of koans, preferring an approach known as shikantaza where the mind has no object at all.

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Intensive Lecture

Big Mind, Four Noble Truths, realization, Suzuki Roshi, Transmission, Zazen,...
Jul 10 2007
City Center

Sesshin as a Koan for the Body

Serial: SF-00990

Sesshin Lecture: Easter/Buddha's Birthday; enlightenment experiences; dharmakaya; not doing anything; nirmanakaya; this is your life

Buddha's Birthday, Birth-and-Death, Suzuki Roshi, conversation, Mill Valley,...
Apr 08 2007
Green Gulch

Being Uncomfortable

Serial: SF-01092

Sunday Lecture: What do we do when we become uncomfortable?; comfort - in body, mind, relationships - are focus of our consumerism; suffering = constant need to be fed;...

Tassajara, Practice Period, Silence, Zendo, Suzuki Roshi, Zazen, Religion, Humility,...
Mar 25 2007
Green Gulch

Alignment With The Great Way

Serial: SF-00944

Sunday Lecture - Children's Lecture: waging peace; taking up a practice

Buddha Mind, Peace, Ordinary Mind, Suzuki Roshi, Zazen, Lineage, Posture, Delusion,...
Mar 04 2007
Green Gulch

Right Speech

Serial: SF-00037

The eight-fold path and its relationship to the precepts.

Right Speech, Suzuki Roshi, conversation, Heart Sutra, Zazen, Buddha Nature, Precepts...
Sep 16 2006

Yes!

Serial: SF-01100

Sesshin Lecture: just sitting with no technique or theme; monk: what about when not carrying anything? Zhaozhou: put it down; Shakyamuni holding up the flower; zazen in...

uchiyama, Zazen, Freedom, Duality, Impermanence, Practice Period, Tassajara, Delusion...
Apr 02 2006
Green Gulch

Practice Period

Serial: SF-00034

Origins of PP, meaning of 'ango'; Dogen's essay; resistance; hermit Jim; Rumi poems.

Practice Period, Buddha Ancestors, Zazen, Tassajara, resistance, Bell, Duality,...
Feb 19 2006

January 25th, 2006, Serial No. 04101

Practice Period, Tassajara, Lay Practice, Faith, Commitment, Priest, Zazen, Ceremony...
Jan 25 2006
Unknown

November 19th, 2005, Serial No. 00975

conversation, Letting Go, Instruction, Tassajara, Zendo, Vows, Posture, Suzuki Roshi...
Nov 19 2005
Unknown

Zendo Lecture

Precepts, Suzuki Roshi, Observe, Teacher-and-Student, Non-duality, Ego, training,...
Sep 01 2005
Tassajara

Dining Room Lecture

Posture, Zendo, Mindfulness, training, Big Mind, Bell, Bowing, Suzuki Roshi, Zazen,...
Aug 31 2005
Tassajara

July 16th, 2005, Serial No. 03502

Delusion, Emptiness, Suzuki Roshi, Precepts, Zazen, Obstacles, Buddha Nature,...
Jul 16 2005
Tassajara

Dining Room Lecture

Birth-and-Death, Suzuki Roshi, Zazen, Separation, Tassajara, Happiness, Hate, Doubt...
Jun 24 2005
Tassajara

May 28th, 2005, Serial No. 01115

Lotus Sutra, Four Noble Truths, Practice Period, Zazen Mind, Karma, Monastic Practice...
May 28 2005
Unknown

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-01931

Sesshin 3 Day 7

Practice Period, Tassajara, Freedom, Suzuki Roshi, Buddha Nature, Zazen, Zendo, Faith...
Mar 29 2005
Tassajara

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-01929

Sesshin 2 Day 4

Karma, Funeral, Tassajara, Global Warming, Practice Period, Echo, Chanting, Bell, Don...
Feb 23 2005
Tassajara

February 19th, 2005, Serial No. 01010

Suzuki Roshi, practicing generosity, Commitment, Practice Period, Koan, Letting Go,...
Feb 19 2005
Unknown

The Art of Zen: True Concentration

Serial: SF-03666

Sesshin 1 Day 1

Concentration, Freedom, resistance, Zazen, Big Mind, Harmonizing, Duality,...
Jan 25 2005
Tassajara

Shuso Talk

Serial: SF-01900

#shuso-talk

Lotus Sutra, Birth-and-Death, Nirvana, Bodhisattva Way, Practice Period, Buddha Mind...
Dec 01 2004
Tassajara

Shuso Talk

Serial: SF-01098

#shuso-talk

Book of Serenity, Diversity, Practice Period, Happiness, Tassajara, Ordination, Karma...
Nov 10 2004
Green Gulch

Lotus Sutra Class

Serial: SF-03549

Dining Room Class

Lotus Sutra, Ceremony, Perfect Wisdom, Buddha Nature, Nirvana, Zazen, Practice Period...
Nov 03 2004
Tassajara

August 4th, 2004, Serial No. 03489

Birth-and-Death, Daily Life, Monastic Practice, Continuous, Suzuki Roshi, Zazen,...
Aug 04 2004
Tassajara

Flop Dog

Serial: SF-01103

One-day sitting lecture: not accomplishing anything.

Suzuki Roshi, Study Period, Zazen, resistance, Nirvana, uchiyama, Letting Go, Posture...
Jul 17 2004
Green Gulch

Which Is The Real Seijo?

Serial: SF-00967

One-day sitting lecture: when our "soul is split", what is true? Just sitting in the midst of samsara.

Letting Go, Four Noble Truths, Suzuki Roshi, Big Mind, Subject-and-Object, Buddha...
Jun 19 2004
Green Gulch

Hsin Hsin Ming

Serial: SF-01901

Zendo Lecture

Faith, Don't Know Mind, Equanimity, Emptiness, Perfect Wisdom, Beginners,...
Jun 18 2004
Tassajara

June 9th, 2004, Serial No. 04081

Tassajara, Suzuki Roshi, Monastic Practice, Zazen, Posture, Sixth Patriarch, Practice...
Jun 09 2004
Unknown

June 8th, 2004, Serial No. 01928

Tassajara, Suzuki Roshi, Balance, Karma, Hate, Zazen, Vows, Priest, Ceremony,...
Jun 08 2004
Tassajara

May 30th, 2004, Serial No. 01043

Passions, Ceremony, Ego, Intuition, Zazen, Buddha Nature, Skandas, Delusion,...
May 30 2004
Tassajara

Sunday Lecture

Suzuki Roshi, Vows, Bodhisattva Vow, Monastic Practice, Priest, Patience, Birth-and-...
May 09 2004
Green Gulch

Dining Room Lecture

Serial: SF-01927

Evening talk

realization, Zendo, Beginners, Teacher-and-Student, Dragons, Practice Period, Suzuki...
May 01 2004
Tassajara

April 18th, 2004, Serial No. 01045

Passions, Buddha Nature, Four Noble Truths, Addiction, Suzuki Roshi, Ego, Zazen,...
Apr 18 2004
Tassajara

March 27th, 2004, Serial No. 04102

Practice Period, Zazen, Instruction, Zendo, Beginners, Impermanence, Suzuki Roshi,...
Mar 27 2004
City Center

March 17th, 2004, Serial No. 01108

Vows, Bodhisattva Vow, Suzuki Roshi, Practice Period, Delusion, Karma, Zazen, Heart...
Mar 17 2004
City Center

February 14th, 2004, Serial No. 00979

Intimacy, Practice Period, Zendo, Zazen, Beginners, Birth-and-Death, Passions, Anger...
Feb 14 2004
City Center

Dogen Class: Miracles

Zazen, Intimacy, Lineage, Dream World, Lotus Sutra, Teacher-and-Student, Don't...
Nov 17 2003
Green Gulch

October 11th, 2003, Serial No. 00976

Mindfulness, Suzuki Roshi, Impermanence, Practice Period, Intimacy, Priest, Zazen,...
Oct 11 2003
City Center

Dogen - Being Familiar With The Entire Body

Serial: SF-00039

Sunday talk.
Practice, realization, expression; Dogen's letters to nun Ryugen

realization, Buddha Ancestors, Delusion, Precepts, true dharma, Lotus Sutra, Oneness...
May 18 2003

Sunday Lecture

Serial: SF-04083

Anti-war activities. Suzuki Roshi's response to Lew's question "What is war?" Wrinkles on goza mat.

Suzuki Roshi, Zazen, Peace, Samadhi, Manjushri, Oneness, Beginners, Samsara,...
Mar 23 2003
Green Gulch

Zendo Lecture

Bodhidharma, Ego, Repentance, Zazen, Hate, Practice Period, Faith, Karma, Delusion,...
Mar 11 2003
Tassajara

December 9th, 2002, Serial No. 00978

Buddha Nature, Suzuki Roshi, Zazen, Ceremony, Zendo, Ordinary Mind, Bell, Emptiness,...
Dec 09 2002
City Center

Not Always So Class

Buddha Nature, Emptiness, Bodhidharma, Zazen, Suzuki Roshi, Describe, realization,...
Nov 18 2002
Tassajara

November 6th, 2002, Serial No. 01064

Obstacles, Four Noble Truths, Tassajara, Suzuki Roshi, Big Mind, Teacher-and-Student...
Nov 06 2002
City Center

The Process of Peace

Peace, Freedom, Attachment, Five Ranks, Zazen, Delusion, Offering, Zendo, Karma,...
Oct 26 2002
City Center

2002.10.19-serial.00059

Suzuki Roshi, Buddha Nature, Zazen, Manjushri, Practice Period, Buddha Ancestors,...
Oct 19 2002
City Center

Posture

Posture, Instruction, Branching Streams, Zendo, Zazen, soto, Birth-and-Death, Suzuki...
Sep 14 2002
Unknown

August 10th, 2002, Serial No. 04012

Instruction, Buddha Nature, Separation, Oneness, Nirvana Sutra, realization, Birth-...
Aug 10 2002
City Center

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