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Full Engagement: Dogen's Rules for Zazen

Zazen is sitting quietly doing nothing. Sitting on a cushion, spine straight, legs crossed, eyes half-open, facing a wall: What could this possibly teach us about doing psychotherapy?

The short answer is that zazen teaches nothing at all beyond being itself. Sitting quietly, doing nothing is just sitting: There’s nothing more. It’s just sitting being itself, me being myself. There is no use to it at all: One Zen master said that when he died, he wanted people to say: “He wasted his whole life in zazen.”2