Zen is very simple. At its core, it asks - "Who are you?"
It is not a religious practice. Rather, it is the practice of being wholly present and aware of the nature of all beings. In today's world, people often look outside of themselves for happiness. The application of zen practice involves looking inward to understand the true nature of one's self.

Central and indispensable to Zen is daily Zazen or meditation practice. Zazen is a Japanese term consisting of two characters: za, "to sit (cross-legged)," and zen, from the Sanskrit dhyana, meaning at once concentration, dynamic stillness, and contemplation. The means toward the realization of one's original nature as well as the realization itself, Zazen is both something one does - sitting cross-legged, with proper posture and correct breathing - and something one essentially is. To emphasize one aspect at the expense of the other is to misunderstand this subtle and profound practice.

Meditation melts away the mind-forged spaces that distance man from his true self. In meditation, there is no reality outside what exists here and now. While sorrow and joy, anxiety and distress cannot be avoided, by not clinging to them we find ourselves free of them, no longer pulled this way and that. With this self-mastery comes composure and tranquility of mind.

In ordinary experience, being and doing are separated: what one does is cut off from what one is, and conversely. Such separation leads inevitably to the condition of self-alienation. Particularly in this century, this condition has become acute. With time and sincere effort in Zazen practice, mind and body, inside and outside, self and other are experienced as one. This condition of effortless concentration enables the deepest connection with all beings, and ultimately a contentment with self.