Ritsuzen (standing zen)

Ritsuzen meditation
In Japan the most widely practiced Zen discipline is Za Zen, or seated meditation.  But the Chinese practitioners of the martial arts often use a standing Zen devised to reinforce the person's inner power and to enable him to generate sudden, violent bursts of energy.  This energy is generally called ki, and Ritsuzen is the best way to cultivate it.
It is best to practice Ritsuzen in the morning and out of doors.  New spiritual powers only well up in human minds when people are in a natural setting.
Ritsuzen among the trees gives one an indescribably good feeling of being in harmony with nature.  Ki is born of this kind of Zen even when the person is temporarily out of sorts or not in the mood for what he is doing.



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