By Robert Epstein

 

I practiced Zen, Tibetan, T’ai Chi, Agni Yoga, Hatha Yoga and some New Age disciplines for several decades, and then for several years I focused on Vipassana, before coming “home” to Zen again several years ago.

Since then I’ve sat down to sit about 1,000 times, and greatly enjoy my little meditation nook in my bedroom, in addition to koan work with a Soto zen teacher. Several months ago I decided my spot had too much space around it and went further into the corner to be closer to the wall and away from the windows.

I’ve considered myself primarily Buddhist for probably 25-30 years, if not longer. However, I’ve always reserved part of my interest for other traditions. I’ve studied Advaita Vedanta and still interested in contemporary non-dualism, taught Iyengar yoga for 15 years, and I’m ordained as an interfaith minister. I have described myself as a “Jewish Buddhist with a background in T’ai Chi and with Hindu tendencies.” I haven’t formally taken refuge or vows though I may get around to that sometime soon.

I continue to practice close to every day, usually at night. Sometimes if I practice really late it gets early again and I can hear the birds sing.

 

My meditation set-up

 

Did you like this post? You might also like:

 

 

The Faces of Meditation: Jeff Eisenberg

  By Jeff Eisenberg I was first exposed to meditation as part of my martial arts training. I started martial arts as a child, and my beginning experience with meditation was simply as a means used by the instructor to teach us to develop the ability of self...

The Faces of Meditation: Christopher

  By Christopher I’m a fan of the philosophy that meditation can be done anywhere. Sometimes when I find myself on a bus or eating I try to bring myself into the present moment by using the senses. Growing up, I had so much access to instant gratification via...

All Coming Together as One: Join us on August 5

  By Alex Chong Do Thompson A few months ago, I was meditating at my local Zen center, and I did something that I almost never do during practice. I opened my eyes, and I looked around at my fellow practitioners. What I saw shocked me. The guy sitting directly...

The Faces of Meditation: Peter Schaller

    By Peter Schaller I am not always as disciplined as I should be about meditation, but it is a practice that has brought me a lot of peace and focus in my life. Sitting meditation, for at least 10 minutes a day, gives us three precious things that are so...

Comments

comments

Latest posts by The Tattooed Buddha (see all)