Soto Zen School
Links & acknowledgements
Through meditation we can discover the Truth directly for ourselves, and thus it is the foundation of religious practice. It is to sit still with an open, alert and bright mind, neither suppressing nor indulging the thoughts and feelings that arise.
In meditation, one learns how to accept oneself and the world as it is. Profound transformation becomes possible once we know things as they are.
If I believe I am separate from everyone else, then I act selfishly to get what I want. If I know that within diversity, nothing is separate, then I already have all I need - for I am one with all things. Meditation enables us to discover the real nature of our own being.
"Zazen is about coming to realize what you have had
from the beginning, rather than seeking some experience that will give
you fulfilment and solve all your problems"