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In SOTO zazen in front of the wall as Bodhidharma. In RINZAI zazen the back is towards the wall. Why ?
March 13, 2016, 8:03 pm
Bodhidaruma sat facing the wall. That is the origin of Zazen practice. In China during the Sung Dynasty, when the inner essence of practice became diluted due to changes in society, it became more important to practice immovable samadhi, supporting each other in this, working together creatively, thus the practice changed from facing the wall to facing each other during zazen. This happened about 1000 years ago.