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ZAZEN MEDITATION GUIDE - Chapter 12. Where to Sit

Sitting by yourself
Sitting by yourself at home or somewhere else will be good if you are used to the sitting posture you do. If not, you will need someone else tell you how to adjust your backbone and head into the correct position. You might use wisely a mirror to reflect and tell you how you are doing with the posture.

Moreover, you are supposed to know how to deal with some kind of problems might happen to you when you are in sitting, for instance, makyo or sometimes you might happen to fall into a state of unconsciousness or some kind of zen-sickness.

Sitting with other sitters in a group
Sitting with other sitters in a small group will be of some benefit if your purpose in zazen is just for improvement of mental or physical health. This is particularly right if there is no real Zen teacher’s guide in that group. Otherwise, if you really want to enlighten yourself then you need to see a real Zen teacher in person for his direct guide.

Sitting in Zendo at a monastery or a Zen center
When you are training yourself at some Zen monastery or center, almost all the things that you need are already there, the guide of a Zen teacher, the support from other participants, and all other things. Of course, you should follow the flow of the monastery or center at that time.

However, the most important thing is your determination and efforts that you perform on the way to enlightenment. One thing to remember is that the way to enlightenment is usually rough, slippery, and long.

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