Introduction to Zazen Meditation: "The Hazy Moon"

This is a no-nonsense introduction to typical zazen meditation.  The introduction is to the practice, and no elaboration on the goals or philosophy of Zen are explored. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Orientation to Zen Buddhist Practice: Victoria Zen Centre

This is an introduction to Zen practice from Victoria Zen Centre.  The speaker in the video is highly focused on correct posture whether using a chair, in a kneeling position, or seated.  Zen authors and teachers are often highly concerned with exact posture, even more so than in this video, as posture has the ability to affect the mind.  Notice the uniqueness of zazen in that the eyes remain open during meditation.  His main understanding of the aim of the practice appears to be developing non-attachment and non-aversion.  

 
 
 
 
 
 

Zen Buddhism Basics

This is an excerpt from a documentary on Zen Buddhism.  The video touches on the role of ritual, "working zen" ("when chopping wood, just chop wood"), and the two main schools of Zen (Soto and Rinzai).  By following a couple who each practice, it also gives a really good picture into what a "Zen life" can become.  

 
 
 
 
 
 

Shunryu Suzuki: Lecture

This is a collection of lectures from the famous Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki.  He is famous for writing Zen Mind, Beginners Mind and founding the Zen Center of San Fransisco.

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Discipline of Zen: Alan Watts

This is a television lecture by Alan Watts.  Watts was known for attempting a synthesis of Eastern religion and Christianity as an Episcopal priest.  Later in life, Watts left the church and moved towards more purely Buddhist thought.  In this video, Watts interprets Zen as causing us to regain our "natural selves," although admitting that if he can make Zen make sense in words, he has failed his task.  Along with many Zen writers, Watts claims that Zen is an experience, not an intellectual system.  There is also an interesting discussion of Koan practice and Satori towards the end.  Watts' famous works include The Wisdom of Insecurity, Behold the Spirit, and The Way of Zen.  Yes, people used to watch things like this on TV.  That time period was better than ours...

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Void and Satori: Alan Watts

This is a continuation of a series on Eastern philosophy from Alan Watts.   Here he discusses the concept of "The Void" and the experience of Satori.