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Zen Meditation

Zen meditation is tethered to the Bodhisattva vow, rather than the Arhat vow. In other words, Zen meditation assumes a radically receptive and open aspect and genuinely valorizes the liberation of all beings. The meditation instructions for Zen seated meditation include "have no opinions for or against anything", and "think not thinking". In exactly the same way that we experience rectitude as a sort of calm, fidelity to the Bodhisattva vow is experienced as a stillness, a sense of harmony and pace, equilibrium, poise and propriety.

The composure you bring to your body will find a causal concomitant in the 'mind', that tumultuous stream of opinion, thought, judgement and allegiances. Zen meditation is about letting go of everything that is ancillary to the moment.

The mind is the primary hindrance to that effort. This is true of the past as well as the future. In the present it is possible to filtre out the effective participation of obfuscatory factors.