Senior Dharma Teacher Jason Quinn grew up in California and started practicing with the Dharma Sound Zen Center in Seattle in 1997. In 1999, he moved to Providence Zen Center, to do monastic training. After nine years at Providence Zen Center, Jason relocated to Empty Gate Zen Center, returned to lay life, and took on the position of abbot. Tonight Jason returns to PZC to serve as our Abbot. In this video, Jason shares some meditation techniques during a Foundations of Zen Workshop. This is similar to the meditation instruction you can expect when you visit any Kwan Um Zen Center.
Traditionally, in China and Korea, only monks did Zen practice. But Zen has come to the West and here lay people practice Zen besides monks and nuns. This has changed the character of Zen. Now our teaching is about Zen in everyday life. Sitting Zen all the time is not possible for lay people. Everyday-life Zen means learning mind-sitting. Mind-sitting means not-moving mind. How do you keep not-moving mind? Put down your opinion, condition and situation moment-to-moment. When you are doing something, just do it. This is everyday Zen. Sitting meditation is a particular kind of meditation, unique to Zen, that functions centrally as the very heart of the practice.
For lay people, the teaching of great love, great compassion and the Great Bodhisattva Way is very important. To attain that, it is necessary to keep a not-moving mind, then correct situation, correct function, and correct relationship appear by themselves in everyday life.