Zen & Buddhism Q&As

What is shikantaza?

It is usually rendered as just sitting, in the sense that we just sit without any intention of gain, just sitting wholeheartedly. However, a fuller meaning is something like in the moment of wholehearted sitting, there is just this sitting throughout the Universe. When we throw away our normal calculus of gain and loss, and practice fully, both the world and ourself cease to be in the old dualistic way. We become whole with the world, not at the level of thought, but at a deep, felt, intuitive level. The Contemporary Japanese Zen teacher Issho Fujita refers to this as “One Piece Zen”