Guided Meditations

Zen Seeds: Excerpts from Aoyama Roshi’s Book, translated by Dai-En Bennage Roshi

Instructions: The following encouraging words range from 1-5 minutes in length. Listen to one audio prior to or while just beginning seated meditation. Reflect on the words as your object of meditation and as a means to help you settle in to meditation. Let go of the reflection once you feel it no longer aids you in zazen. Reflection time will vary by person. Contact Daishin if you need further meditation instruction.

Back to nature

Clogged up

Loving words

Happiness is now or never

Wind in the Pines (part one)

Wind in the Pines (part two)

The Cosmic Buddha

You are now at your youngest (part 4)

Guided Meditations:

2 Minute Soothing Breath for Working with Difficult Emotions

10 minute Guided Meditation for Calming (with postural suggestions)


“RAIN” – 10 minute Guided Meditation for Working with Difficult Emotions


Transforming Anxiety by Looking Deeply at Old Age, Ill Health, and Death (15 minutes)


Breathe Deep and Calm (4 minutes)


Dwelling Deeply in the Present Moment  (15 minutes)

Deep Relaxation  (This can be used for calming or to help before sleep, and is 20 minutes long.)

Connecting with the Body and Healing  (20 minutes)


Connecting with Nature for Healing (10 minutes)


Book Meditation (6 minutes – you will need a book for this exercise)


Mindful Movements for Stress Reduction (30 minutes)