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Chapter Two: Differentiating Zen Meditating from All Others


A Dogwood is a tree and a flower. This categorization is important as it suggests non- duality of either/or and informs a major tenant in Elliston-Roshi's second chapter of The Original Frontier: Differentiating Zen Meditating from All Others. In chapter one Hojo scouted the landscape for the reader by making the case for designing a creative Zen life. Chapter two is all about selecting the vehicle for the journey, the Conestoga of this frontier: Zazen.


Zen offers a basic style of meditation, and a most appropriate philosophy for Americans in particular. As an entrée on the smorgasbord of various approaches on offer today, it is the simplest and most direct. The least encumbered with doctrine that must be assimilated, in order to start meditating and enjoying its halo effect on daily life. Zen is “jump in both feet,” as my teacher would say.


It is not really necessary to go through preliminary preparation, or extensive study, in order to begin benefiting from its (the) practice of zazen. Other sects may