Join us in person for seiza meditation at New York Zendo, led by Miki Nakura. Seiza (quiet sitting) was established by Okada Torajiro Sensei about 110 years ago in Japan. The sitting form is the traditional Japanese kneeling position, but we can do Seiza even sitting on a chair. In this practice, we learn how to find the most physically balanced posture, just in accordance with gravity, following correct breathing and allowing the flow of full energy into the lower belly (hara or tan t’ien region). Through this practice, we can naturally experience total serenity of the body-mind. D.T. Suzuki knew about this practice and encouraged many American Zen students, including Ruth Fuller Sasaki, to practice it before and during their zazen training. Everyone is welcome to join!
About the instructor: Miki Nakura, a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist minister based in New York, started practicing Seiza about 30 years ago under the guidance of his teachers in Japan. He has been devoting himself to sharing Seiza with students since 2004.
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