Rev. Miki Nakura, of Higashi Hongan-ji temple in Kyoto, and the Jodo-Shinshu Shin Buddhist New York Sangha, will lead a seiza meditation and give a Dharma talk in Japanese on Shin Buddhism on November 3, 2-4:30 p.m.; lead a seiza meditation and give a talk in English on November 12, 7-9 p.m.; and lead a longer seiza meditation on November 4, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Seiza meditation is done in a kneeling position or seated on a chair with the body inclined forward, and its breathing technique is different from that of zazen. When some of the first Westerners, such as Ruth Fuller Sasaki, went to Japan in the twentieth century to seek instruction in Zen, D. T. Suzuki and other Zen teachers sometimes recommended they take up seiza meditation as a complement to zazen. In this spirit, Rev. Miki Nakura offers instruction and leads seiza meditation sessions at New York Zendo.
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