"Notre vie n'est qu'un rêve. Les gens souffrent à cause de leur esprit rempli d'illusions, de folies et de peurs; mais tout cela n'est qu'images dans un miroir, sans réelle existence." Taisen Deshimaru
practicing zen is zazen. for zazen, a quiet place is suitable. lay out a thick mat. do not let in drafts or smoke, rain, or dew. protect and maintain the place where you settle your body. there are examples from the past of sitting on a diamond seat and sitting on a flat stone covered with at thick layer of grass. day or night the place of sitting should not be dark; it should be kept warm in winter and cool in summer. : dogen
Japanese Zen monk, Kodo SAWAKI 澤木興道老師 (1880-1965) - He is known for his rigorous emphasis on zazen, in particular the practice of shikantaza, or "just sitting". He often called Zen "wonderfully useless," discouraging any gaining idea or seeking after special experiences or states of consciousness.