We sit, breathe, and empty ourselves of all of the things we are.
- 45 min45 minutes
- North Oracle Road
Hi! I’m Ben, and thank you for taking the time to read about our little Zen group. I hope you’ll consider joining us. Based on pop culture and misled marketing, people often have some very esoteric notions about Zen, enlightenment, and Buddhism. That’s ok, but keep in mind that the reality of our practice might not match the somewhat elaborate mythology about it that you find in American culture. First, it’s not a religion. It’s fair to say that it’s a spiritual practice in that we look inward and develop our “spirits.” However, there is no deity that is the object of worship. There is, in fact, a famous Zen saying: “if you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him!” This simply means that if you seek enlightenment in others, you are off the mark already. No one can walk your path for you, and Zen is about walking the path independently and with confidence in yourself. Second, it’s for everyone! Lots of people have a mental image of a group of people at perfect peace, saying profound things, and sitting with their legs twisted up like pretzels. I’m happy to say, that’s not how it works! We study right here and now using the body we have. You might see some people sitting in the crazy pretzel full lotus position. I can’t. There are many different postures, including sitting in a chair, standing up, or lying down. Zen should not be uncomfortable, and I will work with you to find alternatives if you experience pain or discomfort in your practice. Meditation can be difficult, but it should not be painful. The main practice of Zen is called shikantaza or “just sitting.” And that’s really all we do. We sit (or stand, or lie down), we breathe, and we empty ourselves of all of the things we aren’t so that we can remember what we are. This deceptively simple practice can be polished for a lifetime and realized in a moment. I invite you to join us as we just sit, just breathe, and experience “just this.”
205 West Giaconda Way, Tucson, AZ, USA