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Why is work practice Samu so important in Zen practice?


Zazen in the zendo is about letting go of all outer involvement so that we can experience our true source, for that we sit. This is so that we can purify our daily habits. In order to perceive the outer world, we have eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind. Yet because of absorbing all information, our self awareness is formed. From there the willingness to develop further arises. Yet this ego creates distinction between self and other, judging the situations according to gain and loss. From there many problems arise, as everyone knows. That is why we start to feel the need to purify our mind. For that we let go a little of our daily life in society, and practice zazen. This settled state of mind which develops in zazen now steps out and goes into action. For that we need to work creatively in our daily life of how we can stay in this purified state of mind. That is samu. And from there we can take it into society. From there a stable society can  be build.


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