Meditation versus Zazen

To cope with the challenge to accept the goal of goallessness in Zazen is no easy duty, especially for the reasoning and planning function of our brains.

To look at it from a linguistic angle helps a bit. In Japanese there’s a distinction between Shuzen – meditation for a cause and Zazen – meditation as a cause of itself.

Simply to sit seems pointless, but to experience exactly this method ourselves quenches the thirst for approval.

In a short statement, uttered in 2009, Brad Warner clarifies this aspect in an effortless description of the practical side of Zazen.