Butsu Zen Zone
Try Zazen meditation! With Butsu Zen Zone, everything is in the mind, Zen, serene and a bit offbeat!
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Existing in Japan since the 13th century, this practice linking body and mind is entirely part of Japanese culture. Zen masters initiate you to sitted meditation, Zazen, at Japan Expo.
On the hype, Kawaii and fun booth of Butsu Zen Zone, practice is illustrated by the new Zen aesthetic of the Western lands thanks to our artists who regularly publish in Japan. True Buddhas answer your deepest questions, even the most Banzai ones.
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What is Zen?
Zen is mainly about practicing Zazen, a word coming from Za (to sit) and Zen (meditation).
Zazen is nothing but sitting peacefully and being intimate with oneself. It does not rely on a dogma or ideology. It is a school of concentration, attention, self-knowledge and letting go.
This practice has been transmitted from master to disciple, from people to people, for 2.500 years. The quiet position of Buddha is the perfect image of Zen.
Sitting quietly, thinking about nothing in particular. Letting thoughts flow after becoming aware of a moment and coming back to being attentive to the position of the body and to breathing. This way, our mind, wholly aware of what surrounds it, remains available to every new moment.
This is the essence of Zen: focusing on the posture and breathing.
Zen in the Western world
Master Taisen DESHIMARU taught and transmitted the practice of Zazen in Europe from 1967, when he arrived in France, to 1982 when he died.
He is the heir of the purest tradition transmitted from the Indian Buddha Shakyamuni, Chinese Bodhidharma and Japanese Dogen. Disciple from Master Kodo SAWAKI, one of the greatest in Japan, he strongly desired to help contemporary men, whom he could feel were unbalanced, and make them understand their lives and themselves more deeply thanks to Zazen. His teaching was very concrete and deep inside everyday life. He often said: “Don’t separate the spiritual and the material. You must take up contradictions.”
In the current crisis of our civilization, Japanese art of living together, pervaded with Zen, can feed the world culture of the 21st century.
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Meet Butsu Zen Zone at Japan Expo for
a few relaxing and fun meditation sessions!