Won Buddhist temple in Los Angeles
The Method of Sitting Meditation
The method of sitting meditation is simple enough for anyone to learn and practice.
1. After spreading out a sitting mat and seating oneself comfortably in a cross-legged position, align the head and spine in an upright posture.
2. Gently bring your focus down to Danjeon and, without dwelling on even one thought, become aware only of the energy that gathered at the Danjeon. If the mind becomes distracted, the energy diffuses. Refocus and bring your attention back to the Danjeon. Do not neglect, then and there, to pull yourself together and bring the energy to rest.
3. Keep your breathing smooth and even, making inhalation a little longer and stronger and exhalation a little shorter and softer.
4. It is essential to always keep the eyes open to prevent drowsiness. You may try meditation with eyes closed when the energy of the spirit is refreshed and there is no risk of drowsiness.
5. Always keep the mouth closed. When the water energy ascends and the fire energy descends after lengthy practice, clear and smooth saliva will flow continuously from the salivary glands, which you may gather in the mouth and swallow occasionally.
6. The spirit should be ever alert in its calmness and ever calm in its alertness. If the spirit becomes dim, collect the mind to refresh the spirit; if it lapses into wandering thoughts, restore it with right mindfulness. Rest in the realm of your original nature, which is effortless and spontaneous in its natural state.