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As being the nutshell of Buddhism, Zazen had a great impact in countries like China and Japan where Buddhism had already been spread for 400 years. Isn't it necessary for Western Zen groups to explain Buddha`s teaching and philosophy on a daily life basis instead of the mere focus on Zazen?

Zazen is not only about the sitting practice. In a Zen monastery it is said: 1. Work (Samu), 2. Zazen, 3. Studies. In our daily life, in our work, that is where Zazen has to be alive or it is not Zen. Zazen is a technique for daily life. If we were notable to use the wisdom of our zazen practice in daily life, how sad would that be. Working in daily life without wasting efforts, finding space in the midst of a busy day, play of mind, giving life to things, making no extra garbage, no unnecessary work, however useless something may seem, to find still some use in it. Zen can be found in flower arrangement, tea ceremony, calligraphy, Judo, Kendo, Haiku, Buto dance, Ono theatre, ...all paths in Japan have their roots in Zen. Zen is daily life.

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