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The zazen that I experience when I practice at home is never as deep as that when I am in sesshin no matter my efforts. For some reason at sesshin it seems that it is possible to plunge right in. My motivation is still there at home and there are not great distractions. Why is this? Thank you.


This is because when we sit alone we easily just how we feel in that moment. Someone who has the inner ability of deep concentrating, for this person it does not make a difference to sit alone or in a group. But a person like this can hardly ever be found. So we sit in a group and receive energy from everyone, that is the important aspect. But once we have received enough and have become riper in our practice, we can continue alone in the same way.


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