This is the position of the body in zazen. Let’s
Legs forming a tripod with the buttocks
pelvis rotated slightly to the rear, and lower
abdomen extended forward a bit -but no strain involved
spine erect -- the top of the head
directly over the spine being the highest point on
mouth closed, tongue touching the roof of the mouth
behind the front teeth – breathing through
hands in the cosmic mudra, resting on lap or on
a small support cushion if that’s more useful
Please remember that although this may seem a bit
complicated, with practice you will find yourself naturally
settling into a comfortable and balanced position without
straining to hold your body upright and straight.
You may have seen this posture in pictures and statues
of the Buddha.
So this is the way you become centered and stable
physically. This is the position of the body for sitting
in Zen meditation.
. . . merely putting
your body in a sitting position isn’t
quite enough. Zazen literally means, “sitting
Zen.” And that raises the question
of what is Zen. Our practice should
be real zazen, and we must clarify
what this is for ourselves. And yet,
zazen can be done by anybody and everybody.
In order to do zazen, we don’t
need to have anything more than this
body. That much is quite sufficient. Maezumi