As you do this, you discover that control and interference are the only cause of your suffering, not whatever you experience, inside or outside of zazen. You also see the alternative: no interference, nothing, in itself absolute freedom from all suffering. Then you realize the world, and the people in it, are fine. You are the only problem. Your only problem is your lack of sense of what you’re always doing. Whether you face outwards to the east, west, north or south, is completely irrelevant. Whether you are facing the wall or the room is irrelevant.
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It doesn’t matter whether you sit up straight, or relax completely, hunched over like a sack of potatoes. How you hold your hand in zazen, also doesn’t matter a jot. Keep your eyes open? Close your eyes? This is also not important. Your inner attitude and the direction you face inwardly is the only aspect of zazen that really matters. Now, if you absolutely believe that holding hands in the universe, tilting your pelvis forward, keeping your spine straight, keeping your eyes wide open, facing East, will help you, then it will eventually. happening,