Q. I was recommended to do prostration as practice. What do you think of it?
A. Prostration itself can be good exercise for your body but has nothing to do with Zen practice. However, if you keep questioning what makes your body prostrate while you do it, then it can be a kind of Zen practice as well.
In fact, not only prostration but also all of your actions can be practice if you keep questioning what is making your body do it whatever you may do; what is making you wash dishes while you wash dishes, what is making you dance when you dance, what is leading you to take a walk when you walk and so on. In this way, you can practise all day long. You can make your practice one with your life.
Student: “How should I practise Zen?”
Master: “How can you not?”
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