Zazen Meditation, also called Seated Meditation, is a meditative practice within the Zen Buddhist tradition. The ultimate goal of Zazen is to come to insight into the nature of existence by letting go of judgmental thinking and letting words, ideas, images, concepts and thoughts arise without getting attached to them.
Very much depending on the Zazen study or meditation group, several techniques and approaches are practiced, such as various sitting positions, breath counting, or alternating longer Zazen Meditation sessions with Walking Meditation (Kinhin Meditation) and Koan study, to just name a few examples.
In general you will find that meditation groups or centers offer a range of meditation training options and varieties, such as zen theoretical teachings, meditation gatherings (one to three hours), Zazenkai weekly or monthly group meditation sessions (a few hours up to a full day), Sesshin intensive retreats (which can be a weekend, a week or longer), and private interviews with a Zazen Meditation teacher (Dokusan), among other activities.
Below you find our selection of Zazen Medition groups and trainings in and around Chicago, USA.