Uchiyama Roshi

‘You should just sit without thinking anything. To support this, living in a monastery is convenient. When the time comes, the bell for zazen is rung and we sit zazen, setting everything aside without concern for whether we like it or not. We have no time to think it irksome. When we sit, we are obstructed by immovable zazen.’ (Commentary on the Bendowa)

I can certainly testify as to the ease of doing zazen while in residential training, at the monastery or temple. What else are you going to do? The first time I left Tassajara, and spent the summer on the East Coast, I found the local sitting group and walked about ten minutes to the venue for every period they offered, which was four or five times a week. A couple of years later, I remember, away from Zen Center again, I remember how bizarre it felt to get in a car and drive to go and sit, never having done it before. Of course getting in a car is something I try to do as little as possible.

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