January 06th, 2024

Practicing Zen is zazen.
For zazen, a quiet place is suitable.
Lay out a thick mat.
Do not let in drafts or smoke, rain, or dew.
Protect and maintain the place
where you settle your body.
There are examples from the past of
sitting on a diamond seat and
sitting on a flat stone
covered with at thick layer of grass.
Day or night the place of
sitting should not be dark;
it should be kept warm in winter and cool in summer.

Dogen (1200-1253)