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Basic Zendo Forms
Pasted Graphic 7 Entering
After entering the room or hall in shashu, bow in gassho toward the altar and find your seat. When walking, keep your hands in the shashu position.

Pasted Graphic 8 Arriving at your seat
At your seat, face the seat and bow in gassho. Then, turn around clockwise and bow to the opposite side of the hall. Sit down on your zafu, turn around to the right, and sit facing the wall.

The bell
Three bells signal the beginning of zazen; two bells signal the end of a session of zazen.

Pasted Graphic 9 Getting up from zazen
At the bell ending zazen, bow in gassho. Place your hands on your thighs, sway your body a few times, first a little, and then more extensively. Unfold your legs. Move slowly, especially when your legs are asleep. Do not stand up abruptly. Adjust your zafu. Then bow toward and away from your seat.

Pasted Graphic 10 Leaving
If there is no kinhin, leave your seat and walk to the entrance of the hall with your hands in the shashu position, leaving the hall by stepping out with your right foot


Hand positions
Pasted Graphic 11 Gassho: Hold the palms and fingers of both hands together. The tips of your fingers should be approximately in line with your nose.

Pasted Graphic 12 Shashu: When walking in the zendo, make a fist with your left hand around your thumb. Cover the fist with your right hand. Place hands in a strong, flexible position in the middle of your chest.

Pasted Graphic 13 Kinhin (walking meditation)
If there is kinhin, hold your hands in shashu position. From the waist up, your posture should be the same as that in zazen. Take the first step with your right foot. Advance by taking only a half step for each full breath (one exhalation and inhalation).