Physical interconnectedness is hence revealed as inherent in acknowledging the universality of mind, which is also suggested by Nao's feeling of physical oneness with the mosquitoes when sitting zazen
or her observation of Jiko's body in the bathtub.
In the 80s, you started sitting Zazen
with people who had HIV/AIDS in New York City.
Within the year, I had made my way to a monastery in California, the first in America where a person could practice Zen in the traditional Japanese way, rising at 3:40 in the morning, sitting zazen
and eating with oryoki bowls in the zendo, living and working mostly in silence.
Within a few years he had become a devoted practitioner, sitting zazen
for up to five hours a day.
Because he was not accustomed to sitting zazen
, the pain of the full lotus position and the stiffness in his neck, back, and hips grew worse with every session of meditation.