Beloved Friends, you are warmly invited to this 7 Day Intensive Retreat in Hungary, 5th – 12th August 2016 Program Content: Breathing Intensive, Mahamrytyunjay Kriya, Savzar, Pranayama, Mantra Chanting, Sufi Mantra Sound Healing, Tantra, Tibetan Pulsing, Kundalini Yoga, Silent Sitting/ Meditation, Sweat Lodge, AUM/ DATE with yourself Evening (DATE = Dynamic, Awareness, Transformation, Experience), Power Shaking, Ecstatic Dance, Chakra Singing, No Dimension Meditation & Whirling, Nadabrahma, Self Hypnosis to change old habits/ behvaiour patterns, Nature Walks, Massage (Accu Pressure), Detox & Healthy Eating (Cleansing & Nutrition) Limited Seats Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or Nora (Shiva’s Delight) email@example.com for further information —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Origin & Meaning Zazen means “seated Zen”, or “seated meditation”, in Japanese. It has its roots in the Chinese Zen Buddhism (Ch’an) tradition, tracing back to Indian monk Bodhidharma (6th century CE). In the West, its most popular forms comes from Dogen Zenji (1200~1253), the founder of Soto Zen movement in Japan. Similar modalities are practiced in the Rinzai school of Zen, in Japan and Korea. How to do it It is generally practiced seated on the floor over a mat and cushion, with crossed legs. Traditionally it was done in lotus or half-lotus position, but this is hardly necessary. As to the mind aspect of it, it’s usually practiced in two ways: Focusing on breath — focus all your attention on the movement of the breath going in and out through the nose. This may be aided by counting the breath in your mind. Each time you inhale you count one number, starting with 10, and then moving backward to 9, 8, 7, etc. When you arrive in 1, you resume from 10 again. If you get distracted and lose your count, gently bring back the attention to 10 and resume from there. Shikantaza (“just sitting”) — in this form the practitioner does not use any specific object of meditation; rather, practitioners remain as much as possible in the present moment, aware of and observing what passes through their minds and around them, without dwelling on anything in particular. It’s a type of Effortless Presence meditation Is it for me? Zazen is a very sober meditation style, and you can easily find a lot of strong communities practicing it, as well as plenty of information on the internet. There is a lot of emphasis in keeping the right posture, as an aid for concentration. It is usually practiced in Zen Buddhist centers (Sangha), with strong community support. In many of them you will find it coupled with other elements of Buddhist practice: prostrations, a bit of ritualism, chanting, and group readings of the Buddha teachings. Some people will like this, others won’t. Personally, I practiced zazen in a Buddhist group for 3 years, and I found that those elements and a bit of formality can also help create a structure for the practice, and in themselves they are also meditative.