Philosophy 312: Oriental Philosophy
Zen Buddhism: Zazen
Abstract: Zazen as a meditative
practice is introduced.
I. The practice of zazen leads to a loss of a sense of time and space and
consequently provides a sense of things as they are.
A. When we are faced with problems, it is worthwhile wondering, "Which is more important--the problem or
II. A first beginning technique of meditation is discussed by the Zen
Cener of Los Angeles.
1. Of course, this is a divided question fallacy.--neither
aspect is the more important. What is significant, however, is the awareness,
with an accompanying gentle surprise, that we are wholly present
"in the moment."
B. In truth, when mastered as a meditation, no difference between zazen and
activity occurs in life. For this reason zazen is the heart of Zen practice.
2. Without this presence, in a sense we are "lost in the world." (Compare the grandmother who likes the idea of being a grandmother, but doesn't like the grandchildren (i.e., doesn't like
to doing of what a grandmother does).