Taoism & The Way
In Zen temples and monasteries, practitioners traditionally sit zazen as a group in a meditation hall, usually referred to as the zendo. The practitioner sits on a cushion called a zafu, which itself is usually placed on top of a low, flat mat called a zabuton
Before taking one's seat, and after rising at the end of the period of zazen, a Zen practitioner performs a gassho bow to their seat, and a second bow to fellow practitioners.
The beginning of a period of zazen is traditionally announced by ringing a bell three times, and the end of a round by ringing the bell either once or twice/
Long periods of zazen may alternate with periods of walking meditation.
Silent meditation with no distractions or objects, single-pointed awareness in the seated position. One of the most widely practiced meditations in the Soto school of Japanese Zen Buddhism.