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Monday, February 25, 2008

Sitting with eyes closed

What is the reason for sitting with your eyes open and staring at a wall? Is is acceptable to sit with eyes closed? Is this about remaining connected to reality and not wandering into an oblivious state of mind?

Thank you

Dear vineger-daoist San,

Thank you very much for your questions.

The reason why we open our eyes during Zazen.
1) Master Dogen teaches us that the eyes should be open during Zazen in Fukan-zazen-gi and Shobogenzo Zazenigi.
2) In Soto Sect it is the authentic method for us to practice Zazen facing the wall in the case of students.
3) When we close our eyes during Zazen, usually we feel sleepy. At the same time when we close our eyes during Zazen, we are prone to think miscellaneous things in our brain, and so it is much better for us to open eyes during Zazen.
4) During Zazen it is better for us to look at Reality in front of us, and avoid miscellaneous thoughts.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima


Blogger vinegar-daoist said...

Once again, thank you for your answer, Nishijima Roshi.

11:25 PM, February 25, 2008  

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