Question

You said that there was no religion in Zen, thus, no deities either. All right, but I do like praying, it's very
powerful and calming. Praying who or what ? God or oneself. For me, prayer cannot be separated from
practice. Are there no prayers whatsoever in Soto Zen? Even not to Buddha or Buddahood?
Silence, vacuity listen to our prayers, which bring us back to them. That's what I think, or rather feel.

Answer from Master Kosen

Wrong. There are times dedicated to prayer in traditional Zen practice, but not during zazen.


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