Audio Recordings of Talks on Buddhism

This page has audio recordings of some talks I had with my teacher Gudo Nishijima. You're welcome to download these for your personal use.

Hands During Zazen

I asked Nishijima Roshi a question about where to place our hands when we do Zazen. He said the main point about our hands during zazen is that the upper part of our hands (our thumbs) should be in front of the navel. Some people do this by placing their hands on their upper foot when they are sitting. Other people do it by just holding their hands in front of the navel without placing them on their foot at all. He says it depends on each person's physical characteristics. He also said it's good to switch the upper and lower leg or just move our legs a bit if they go numb while we're doing zazen.
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