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The primary form of meditation in Zen Buddhism, practiced while sitting cross-legged.

[Japanese : za, to sit down (from Early Middle Chinese dzwa'; also the source of Mandarin zuò) + zen, silent meditation; see Zen.]
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(Buddhism) (in Zen Buddhism) deep meditation undertaken whilst sitting upright with legs crossed
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Also known as 'Zazen', the meditation technique involves observing and letting go of your thoughts and feelings as they pass; for this reason it's sometimes referred to as "thinking about not thinking".
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Simple changes--like waking up 15 minutes earlier than usual to savor the morning, or creating a pocket of quiet at work by doing a "chair zazen" (sitting up straight and breathing slowly)--will make a difference in your daily flow.
A practitioner of Zazen meditation Eckhart did not talk about mysterious energies, infinite souls or positive intentions.
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