Sep 10, 2021
Martin Goodson

Master Sessan’s Three Tips for Zen Training

The Gateway Talks

“Master Sessan said: ‘In our daily life we should remember three things: joining the palms as in prayer; bowing as in worship; and charity.

Praying Hands by Albrecht Dürer

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“Master Sessan said: ‘In our daily life we should remember three things: joining the palms as in prayer; bowing as in worship; and charity. Joining the palms is the best practice for bringing the body and mind into a state of unity; the bow means honour and respect for others; charity is the basis for peace in society. If we practise them, it is certain that we shall in turn receive.’”

(The Wisdom of the Zen Masters by Irmgard Schlogel, pub. New Directions 1975)

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In this podcast:

  • The aim of a mindful awareness practice is to bring us into ‘right relation’ with ourselves and the world.

  • Some early mistakes we can make in our assumptions about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of Zen practice.

  • How bringing the mind and body into alignment develops inner strength.


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