Thank you Bill for your words on moving meditations. I have been 
concerned that I am not yet able to "sit" and meditate - but getting 
into a medatative mindful state whilst I am exercising,doing chores, 
etc. has been easy for me. 
April
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Smart" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>
> Topezdragon_42,
> 
> Thinking, whether it be Western or Eastern, does not have anything 
MISSING. 
> Thinking, when not put in proper perspective, ADDS a lot of 
activity that is
> unnecessary and misleading.
> 
> All that is necessary to practice zen is to sit (do zazen - zen
> meditation).  To sit means just that - to sit.  Nothing more.  It's 
that
> simple.    It doesn't mean to sit AND count your breathes and focus 
you
> concentration on your hara or work on a koan, fix your gaze on a 
spot on the
> wall or chant a mantra; although all of the aforementioned 
activities can be
> used as beginning techniques to bring you to a point where you can 
just
> sit.  And sitting doesn't even necessarily mean physically 
sitting.  You can
> practice zazen whether you're sitting in the lotus position or on a 
chair,
> or walking around or driving your car.  Sitting, to me, actually 
refers to
> placing your intellectual/thinking mind into a state of inactivity, 
rather
> than your body.  Although as with the items mentioned before, 
sitting
> motionless in a quiet room can be used as a beginning technique.
> 
> Teachers, books, websites, zen forums, etc., are like all the other
> techniques - they can be useful in the beginning you get you 
started and
> keep you going until you can just sit.  But teachers, books, etc., 
can also
> be hindrances if you start paying too much attention to what they 
are saying
> and not concentrating on what you are doing - and that is to just 
sit.
> 
> Good luck in your quest!  You're on the road now.  There is no 
turning back;
> there is only the road ahead or regret in not taking it.
> 
> And welcome to the Zen Forum.Bill!
> 
>  
> 
> topezdragon_42 wrote:
> 
> Hello every one.
> I become interested in Zen after reading a book about the eastern 
> ways. it seems to me to have something that western thinking has 
been 
> missing.
>




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