Question

What to do when almost every time we sit in zazen we feel spasms in the back, the shoulder blades etc.... Would the attitude a bit martial and rigid of the posture such as one teaches it in Zen be in question? And the pain, nobody speaks about it about the pain, nevertheless it is there, even if we observe it, it invades then all the landscape, plus a question of concentration (at least as for me). Thank you in advance for your help

Answer from Master Kosen

The relation with the body and the pain is of primary importance in Zen. Why the pain? Because the body is pain, whether it is in the pleasure or the suffering. It is not a question to want to eliminate the feelings from the body but to maintain a different relation with it. The feelings are interpreted by the spirit and everything comes from the spirit.

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