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Taoism & The Way




Zazen:


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.



Shikantaza:


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.

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