So what is Zen?
“Defining Zen is like trying to describe the taste of honey to someone who has never tasted it before. You can try to explain the texture and scent of honey, or you can try to compare and correlate it with similar foods. However, honey is honey! As long as you have not tasted it, you are in the illusion of what honey is.
The Zen Buddhism is a practice that needs to be experienced, not a concept that you can intellectualize or understand with your brain. Zen Buddhism is not a theory, an idea, or a piece of knowledge. It is not a belief, dogma, or religion; but rather, it is a practical experience. We cannot intellectually grasp Zen because human intelligence and wisdom are too limited – the dojo (the hall where Zazen is practiced) is different from the university.”
Zazen is a simple, yet precise method of meditation. Having the correct posture is very important. There are more ways to practice Zazen, but traditionally the full lotus position or the half lotus position is used. Having the right state of mind is an essential part in the practice of Zazen. This emerges naturally from a deep concentration on the posture and breathing. During the meditation, images, emotions and thoughts can rise up to the surface from the unconscious mind. This is normal and they should not be tried to fight or escape from them. Just let them go without judgement, like clouds in the sky.
In the hotel we have the honour to offer a Zen Room for relaxation and rejuvenation. In this room guests can practice Zen meditation, or in Japanese: Zazen (Za meaning sitting and Zen meaning meditation).
Our Zen Room offers guests a quiet and peaceful place where they will not be disturbed. The Zen Room is designed for relaxation, not too cold, not too warm, not too dark, and not too light.
“In the silence of the Zen room, quietly sit down, stop moving, and let go your thoughts. Focus just on your Zazen posture and your breathing. Keep your back straight. Let your ego and your unconscious mind melt away, merge with the universe.”