Meditation Mastery – Walking Meditation

Walking MeditationIn this meditation method, you will be able to acquire not just the basic knowledge regarding walking meditation, but extreme power to uplift yourself and your inner experience and sensation beyond tradition and definition.

Walking meditation is usually understood as primarily intended to relieve stress in the legs. While it has this effect, this is not the only meaning of kinhin.

During sitting, the legs may turn numb, or ‘go to sleep’. This does not mean that the circulation is bad, quite the opposite. There is an old saying in Zen, “A fire that begins in your toes and consumes your whole body”- this is the meaning of this numbness. The smallest thing- even the legs going to sleep- is a subject of investigation in our Zen training.

An ancient questions asks, “can you make your body as limp as a baby’s?” When your legs and feet are numb, you will notice that your ankles are usually flexible. Once when I was having private Dokusan with my Zen master, the late Reverend Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi, Archbishop of Soto Zen North America, which consisted to two normal sitting periods of one hour with Kinhin and no talking- both legs had gone completely to sleep by the ending gong. When I stoop up, both feet were absolutely buzzing in my socks. As I stepped to the altar, the toes of my right foot dragged on the carpet, and folded under to where I was partially standing on the top of my foot. I nearly fell down! Sensei caught me. It woke my foot up, but it didn’t hurt.

Kinhin is the extension of the stillness of zazen into the action of walking. In your mind, you should strive to eliminate any distinction between the two- they are more alike than different.

There is a famous Zen saying, “Stillness in Action- Action in Stillness”. We have this calligraphy by the late Reverend Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi of this expression. It also connotes “Silence is Thunder- Mokurai.” This is the more essential meaning of walking meditation- it brings the strength of meditation into the everyday act of walking.
It is also symbolic of the Buddha’s walking round and round the bodhi-tree following his Enlightenment. So it likewise represents your ‘wandering about in the world of enlightenment’, in the words of Dogen-Zenji, the founder of Soto Zen Buddhism, for the first time.

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Zen And You

Resolve To Enjoy Life Even More Right Now!

ZenAndYou_PbackSml-e1445876316874The concept of Zen is an easy philosophy that I’m presently implementing into my life and have discovered it works really well to allow the natural happiness inside rise to the surface. Name it a life philosophy, call it hints or steps, call it what you will. All I know is I needed to share it with you, the reader, so you are able to likewise implement this school of thought into your life.

Zen is based on simplicity, on being completely “peeled” of the excess that life tends to put on us. This may be in the way of mental burdens and strains that are
self-imposed, or the burdens and strains of life outside of us. The school of thought is all about returning to the basics, changing back to the natural ebb and flow of life both outside of us and inside.

To live Zen is to live free and glad. As a baby, you were received into this world free of concern and the weight of the world. You were happy. As a matter of fact, you were born with only 2 fears in life… the fear of falling and the fear of loud disturbances. The rest of the concerns now in your life (which, as you know, are numerous) are self produced.

This will help you return to that natural sense of happiness and contentment in living. It’s all about
“Peeling” away the excess, and centering on the natural you.

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