A SHORT TALK BY SUZUKI RŌSHI
Sunday Morning, June 28, 1970
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You should sit zazen with your whole body; your spine, mouth, toes, mudrā. Check on your posture during zazen. Each part of your body should practice zazen independently or separately; your toe should practice zazen independently, your mudrā should practice zazen independently; your spine and your mouth should practice zazen independently. You should feel each part of your body doing zazen separately. Each part of your body should participate completely in zazen.
Check to see that each part of your body is doing zazen independently. This is also known as shikantaza. To think, “I am doing zazen” or “My body is doing zazen” is wrong understanding. It is a self-centered idea.
The mudrā is especially important. You should not feel as if you are resting your mudrā on the heel of your foot for your own convenience. Your mudrā should be placed in its own position.