Welcome to our E-Course!
This e-course will weave itself from the strands of core practices that create the Zen Center mandala, or circle of life, and your input through the E-Group, or by emailing Roshi directly with your comments or questions.
Key Requirement: Do zazen every day, sitting from five minutes to an hour daily.
Alert: You may not be able to keep up with the course. Feel free to go at your own pace!
E-Course DAY 1 – Monday, October 4, 2010
Lesson: Zazen is the core practice of Zen practitioners. In explaining the word zazen, Maezumi Roshi said that the Chinese word za is a combination of person and ground. The character for ground can also mean scale or balance. In the character za, there are two people, one on each arm of the scale. For our purposes today, we can consider that on one side of the scale is the true self and, on the other side, your conditioned ego-centered self. A scale is always moving, responding to whatever is present. Za means that life is balancing or harmonizing. It is not a static state, but a non-stop, continuous responding (rather than reacting) to whatever is arising.
Practice for today: Imagine yourself as the scale: the true self on one side, your conditioned, ego-centered self on the other side. Notice how the scale is tipping from moment to moment. What do you notice about the movement of the conditioned, ego-centered self with the true self, and vice versa?
I guess someone has to post first! I felt inspired by the subject to make a picture so here it is: http://www.mogawa.net/zcla/zazen_scale.jpg)
My intention was to translate a perception that my true self (still working on getting to it actually) is a constant. The ego centered activity comes and goes and moves the balance but doesn’t affect the true self beside masking it or distorting it or revealing it.
Curious about your contributions!