“These forms are not the means of obtaining the right state of mind. To take this posture [of Zazen] is itself to have the right state of mind. There is no need to obtain some special state of mind.”

—Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

About Zen Fields

Zen Fields is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in central Iowa. Our aim is to provide opportunities for people to practice meditation and to study the Buddhadharma. We strive to address the suffering that exists in multiple layers:

Personal   ·   Familial   ·   Societal   ·   Ecological

Zen practice works like concentric circles, beginning with the self at the center, and spreading outward to family, community, society and ecology.

Fundraising for Ricardo Annis

Ricardo is Haitian and has received a generous scholarship to study at Strasbourg University in France. He just successfully completed his first year.
He needs to prove he has funding for his living expenses - room and board for his second year. If you would like to assist in this endeavor, please make a tax deductible donation in our PayPal Giving Fund. 100% of donations will go to Ricardo. To date we have raised $1200. We need another $2800.

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Topics include Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness meditation, parenting, interfaith, ecological and social justice, and science.  Readers are welcome to  post comments, to ask questions, and to reflect on these posts to see if they ring true or not.  The heart of Zen is verification of truth not by an authority, but through one’s direct experience.

What is Shikantaza?

What is Shikantaza? A Definition Dogen called his meditation practice shikantaza, which literally means “just sitting.” In shikantaza we sit without the koans used in

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Zen Confucianism

Zen Confucianism by Rev. Eric Daishin McCabe   https://youtu.be/yeD1nOYz4UA All of the Sinitic cultures – especially Korea, Japan, and Vietnam – have evolved around ways

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