The Mei Ran Zen Dojo in Amsterdam proposes free introduction to the zen meditation every sunday 10.00 - 11.00
The introduction will be follwed by a meditation with other practitioners from 11.00 to 12.30.
- address MEI RAN ZEN DOJO ,Fizeaustraat 23, Amsterdam.
- Metro/train to Amstelstation,
- bus stop Fizeaustraat
« Zazen is difficult, I know. But if practiced everyday, it is very effective in broadening awareness and in developing intuition. Zazen not only liberates a great energy, it is a posture of awakening. During its practice you should not look to reach anything. Without focusing on anything, it is only related to the concentration on the posture, breathing and state of mind. »
Master Taisen Deshimaru
Sitting in the centre of the zafu (round cushion), cross legs in the lotus or the half-lotus position. If you encounter some difficulty, and if you just sit cross-legged, it is however necessary to push the floor firmly with your knees. The pelvis must be tilted forward at the level of the fifth lumbar vertebra. The backbone well erected, the chin pulled back and consequently the neck stretched out, the nose on a vertical line above the navel, push the floor with your knees and the sky with the top of your head.
Put your left hand on the right one, palms turned towards the sky, thumbs touching each other and forming a straight line. Hands lie on your feet, their edges in contact with the abdomen. Shoulders are relaxed. The tip of the tongue touches the palate. Fix your sight roughly one meter on the floor without focusing on anything in particular.