What we're about

This practice is sought by those who want to come back to their real home,
for those who do not search for a new event in their life
but seek to know what is the substance of life itself,
those who do not expect a new philosophy
and actually aim at the source of philosophy,
those who are not attracted by religion
and instead look for what comes before religion.
This practice is the one of the eager seeker of the way
who has the strong intuition that direct experience of truth prevails.

この実践は、

人生において新奇な出来事を追い求めるのではなく、

人生そのものの意味を探求し、

新奇な哲学を希求するのではなく、

哲学の根源そのものに参究し、

既存の宗教に惹かれるのではなく、

宗教以前の依って来たるところを求める、

人が自己の真の故郷に返るための道です。

この実践は、強い直感を有し、真理を熱望する者の、

真実の勝利に直参できる、唯一の道です。

Cette pratique est recherchée par ceux qui souhaitent revenir dans leur véritable maison, par ceux qui ne cherchent pas une nouvelle aventure dans leur vie mais qui aspirent à connaître la substance de la vie elle-même, ceux qui ne sont pas en quête d'une nouvelle philosophie mais qui en fait visent la source de toute philosophie, ceux qui ne sont pas attiré par la religion mais perçoivent ce qui est avant toute religion.
Cette pratique est celle du chercheur sincère de la voie qui a l'intuition que seule l'expérience directe de la vérité importe.

Website: https://whitemountainzen.org/

Donations: The first session is free. 200 Yens for one session or 500 Yens for one month are welcomed.

Upcoming events (4+)

Zen Practice - Zazen

Yoyogihachiman Community Center

The schedule is as follows:

19:00 - Dojo opens
- Please Make sure to reach the Dojo before 19:10 -
19:15 - Zazen
19:45 - Kin-hin (Walking)
19:55 - Zazen
20:25 - Ceremony and Closing

We are sitting on small cushions or "Zafus", therefore please wear ample or stretchable dresses to feel comfortable.

If you have your cushion from home, please bring it.
[Black Zafus are available online under the keywords: Zabuton Futon Cushion for Zen Meditation]

>>> If you do not know Zen and Zazen,
Please join at 18:50 and
read the below explanations:

1-check the following link for the practical aspects:
https://whitemountainzen.org/about/

2-read also those explanations about Zazen:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zhi93og2s23ojeg/How_to_Sit.docx?dl=0

How to sit in Zazen?
Sitting on a Zafu crossed legs -Birman, Half-lotus or Lotus- with knees touching the ground.
To vertically unroll the back:
-push the knees towards the ground,
-tune the pelvis angle slightly forward,
-set the ears above the shoulders and sotfly stretch the neck,
-soflty push the top of the head towards the sky.
The plane of the face is vertical, the nose is situated at the same vertical line than the navel.
A good position of the backbone should allow for a deep breathing, which means the free mobility of the belly and of the thoracic cavity.
The jaws are relaxed and the tongue is lying horizontally in the mouth touching the upper front teeth. The mouth is closed, air is flowing through the nose silently. Eyes are half closed, the sight is inclined 45°. Sight range is more than 180°, eyes do not seize anything but are welcoming the image instead.
The shoulders are relaxed, lowered down and a bit backwards.
The hands are forming the Hokkaijo-in mudra (see practical explanations above). The edge if the hands touch the lower abdomen, two fingers below the navel.
The breathing is the one of the baby: the belly inflates at inhalation, and deflates at exhalation.
If thoughts are coming, just notice them without judgement.
Sit in Zazen according to all those recommendations,
and then forget them all.

Looking forwards to meeting you,

Sebastian Mokusen

A few books:
Zen Mind, Beginners' Mind, S. Suzuki
Sit: Zen Teachings of Master Taisen Deshimaru, T. Deshimaru
Discovering the True Self: Kodo Sawaki's Art of Zen Meditation, K. Sawaki
Shobogenzo, G. Nishijima

Websites:
https://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/index.html
https://www.zen-azi.org/en
https://tenborin.org/en/

Zen Practice - Zazen

Yoyogihachiman Community Center

The schedule is as follows:

19:00 - Dojo opens
- Please Make sure to reach the Dojo before 19:10 -
19:15 - Zazen
19:45 - Kin-hin (Walking)
19:55 - Zazen
20:25 - Ceremony and Closing

We are sitting on small cushions or "Zafus", therefore please wear ample or stretchable dresses to feel comfortable.

If you have your cushion from home, please bring it.
[Black Zafus are available online under the keywords: Zabuton Futon Cushion for Zen Meditation]

>>> If you do not know Zen and Zazen,
Please join at 18:50 and
read the below explanations:

1-check the following link for the practical aspects:
https://whitemountainzen.org/about/

2-read also those explanations about Zazen:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zhi93og2s23ojeg/How_to_Sit.docx?dl=0

How to sit in Zazen?
Sitting on a Zafu crossed legs -Birman, Half-lotus or Lotus- with knees touching the ground.
To vertically unroll the back:
-push the knees towards the ground,
-tune the pelvis angle slightly forward,
-set the ears above the shoulders and sotfly stretch the neck,
-soflty push the top of the head towards the sky.
The plane of the face is vertical, the nose is situated at the same vertical line than the navel.
A good position of the backbone should allow for a deep breathing, which means the free mobility of the belly and of the thoracic cavity.
The jaws are relaxed and the tongue is lying horizontally in the mouth touching the upper front teeth. The mouth is closed, air is flowing through the nose silently. Eyes are half closed, the sight is inclined 45°. Sight range is more than 180°, eyes do not seize anything but are welcoming the image instead.
The shoulders are relaxed, lowered down and a bit backwards.
The hands are forming the Hokkaijo-in mudra (see practical explanations above). The edge if the hands touch the lower abdomen, two fingers below the navel.
The breathing is the one of the baby: the belly inflates at inhalation, and deflates at exhalation.
If thoughts are coming, just notice them without judgement.
Sit in Zazen according to all those recommendations,
and then forget them all.

Looking forwards to meeting you,

Sebastian Mokusen

A few books:
Zen Mind, Beginners' Mind, S. Suzuki
Sit: Zen Teachings of Master Taisen Deshimaru, T. Deshimaru
Discovering the True Self: Kodo Sawaki's Art of Zen Meditation, K. Sawaki
Shobogenzo, G. Nishijima

Websites:
https://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/index.html
https://www.zen-azi.org/en
https://tenborin.org/en/

Zen Practice - Zazen

Yoyogihachiman Community Center

The schedule is as follows:

19:00 - Dojo opens
- Please Make sure to reach the Dojo before 19:10 -
19:15 - Zazen
19:45 - Kin-hin (Walking)
19:55 - Zazen
20:25 - Ceremony and Closing

We are sitting on small cushions or "Zafus", therefore please wear ample or stretchable dresses to feel comfortable.

If you have your cushion from home, please bring it.
[Black Zafus are available online under the keywords: Zabuton Futon Cushion for Zen Meditation]

>>> If you do not know Zen and Zazen,
Please join at 18:50 and
read the below explanations:

1-check the following link for the practical aspects:
https://whitemountainzen.org/about/

2-read also those explanations about Zazen:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zhi93og2s23ojeg/How_to_Sit.docx?dl=0

How to sit in Zazen?
Sitting on a Zafu crossed legs -Birman, Half-lotus or Lotus- with knees touching the ground.
To vertically unroll the back:
-push the knees towards the ground,
-tune the pelvis angle slightly forward,
-set the ears above the shoulders and sotfly stretch the neck,
-soflty push the top of the head towards the sky.
The plane of the face is vertical, the nose is situated at the same vertical line than the navel.
A good position of the backbone should allow for a deep breathing, which means the free mobility of the belly and of the thoracic cavity.
The jaws are relaxed and the tongue is lying horizontally in the mouth touching the upper front teeth. The mouth is closed, air is flowing through the nose silently. Eyes are half closed, the sight is inclined 45°. Sight range is more than 180°, eyes do not seize anything but are welcoming the image instead.
The shoulders are relaxed, lowered down and a bit backwards.
The hands are forming the Hokkaijo-in mudra (see practical explanations above). The edge if the hands touch the lower abdomen, two fingers below the navel.
The breathing is the one of the baby: the belly inflates at inhalation, and deflates at exhalation.
If thoughts are coming, just notice them without judgement.
Sit in Zazen according to all those recommendations,
and then forget them all.

Looking forwards to meeting you,

Sebastian Mokusen

A few books:
Zen Mind, Beginners' Mind, S. Suzuki
Sit: Zen Teachings of Master Taisen Deshimaru, T. Deshimaru
Discovering the True Self: Kodo Sawaki's Art of Zen Meditation, K. Sawaki
Shobogenzo, G. Nishijima

Websites:
https://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/index.html
https://www.zen-azi.org/en
https://tenborin.org/en/

Zen Practice - Zazen

Yoyogihachiman Community Center

The schedule is as follows:

19:00 - Dojo opens
- Please Make sure to reach the Dojo before 19:10 -
19:15 - Zazen
19:45 - Kin-hin (Walking)
19:55 - Zazen
20:25 - Ceremony and Closing

We are sitting on small cushions or "Zafus", therefore please wear ample or stretchable dresses to feel comfortable.

If you have your cushion from home, please bring it.
[Black Zafus are available online under the keywords: Zabuton Futon Cushion for Zen Meditation]

>>> If you do not know Zen and Zazen,
Please join at 18:50 and
read the below explanations:

1-check the following link for the practical aspects:
https://whitemountainzen.org/about/

2-read also those explanations about Zazen:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zhi93og2s23ojeg/How_to_Sit.docx?dl=0

How to sit in Zazen?
Sitting on a Zafu crossed legs -Birman, Half-lotus or Lotus- with knees touching the ground.
To vertically unroll the back:
-push the knees towards the ground,
-tune the pelvis angle slightly forward,
-set the ears above the shoulders and sotfly stretch the neck,
-soflty push the top of the head towards the sky.
The plane of the face is vertical, the nose is situated at the same vertical line than the navel.
A good position of the backbone should allow for a deep breathing, which means the free mobility of the belly and of the thoracic cavity.
The jaws are relaxed and the tongue is lying horizontally in the mouth touching the upper front teeth. The mouth is closed, air is flowing through the nose silently. Eyes are half closed, the sight is inclined 45°. Sight range is more than 180°, eyes do not seize anything but are welcoming the image instead.
The shoulders are relaxed, lowered down and a bit backwards.
The hands are forming the Hokkaijo-in mudra (see practical explanations above). The edge if the hands touch the lower abdomen, two fingers below the navel.
The breathing is the one of the baby: the belly inflates at inhalation, and deflates at exhalation.
If thoughts are coming, just notice them without judgement.
Sit in Zazen according to all those recommendations,
and then forget them all.

Looking forwards to meeting you,

Sebastian Mokusen

A few books:
Zen Mind, Beginners' Mind, S. Suzuki
Sit: Zen Teachings of Master Taisen Deshimaru, T. Deshimaru
Discovering the True Self: Kodo Sawaki's Art of Zen Meditation, K. Sawaki
Shobogenzo, G. Nishijima

Websites:
https://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/index.html
https://www.zen-azi.org/en
https://tenborin.org/en/

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Zen Practice - Zazen

Yoyogihachiman Community Center

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