Zen is to quietly calm the heart and mind. Our hearts can be compared to water with waves of emotion (joy, anger, suffering and pleasure) on the surface. Quietly performing zen meditation (zazen) calms these waves. Samadhi (a sublime state of concentration or consciousness during meditation) is when the surface of the water becomes perfectly flat. The water will become clearer, and it will be possible to look deep into the bottom. After returning to life as usual, our minds once again become unsettled. Zen practice is the everyday cycle of attaining the state of samadhi and leaving behind desire, which is an obstacle to samadhi.


In Meditation, it is thought that your body, breathing, and heart are all connected. Stress builds up in your muscles. A distorted body causes shallow breathing, and shallow breathing creates an irritated and depressed heart. In Meditation, you first remove the distortions from your body and fix your posture. Your breathing will then naturally become deep and calm. And when your breath becomes deep and calm, your heart becomes peaceful.

The Tea Meditation

The tea meditation was once regarded as part of samurai etiquette. Calmly performing the tea meditation offered relief during troubled war times. In the tea ceremony the philosophy of wabi sabi, which is deeply tied to Zen, is a given form. It is nothing splendid or extravagant, but rather a simple, unaffected beauty that can be found in nature or in the human heart. Fully being in the moment, you quietly focus on the act of making tea. We accept nature, become the empty vessel, and concentrate only on what is taking place before our eyes in samadhi.


Treasure each encounter, for it only happens once.
Every moment comes but only once in a lifetime, never to be repeated;
this is the wisdom of the tea ceremony.
Even the mundane and everyday moments come but only once.
Understanding this we learn to see both the ordinary and the extraordinary as a miracle and we learn to cherish this moment.
Therefore, the host of the tea ceremony receives guests
with sincerity and the guests in turn show consideration;
this place at this time will always to be cherished.