NEW DELHI India
-- When the walker witnesses
the walking, it is meditation. In fact, Zen meditation
called Walking in Zen, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.
Osho says, "Zen does not divide your life into the mundane
and the sacred, it says everything is sacred.
"So, eating, be meditative.
"Walking, be meditative.
"Whatsoever you are doing ... taking a bath, be
"Wherever you are, you are in the temple.
"This whole existence is God’s temple!
"Behave as you would like to behave in a temple.
"God is present everywhere."
A group of meditators in Oshodham, New Delhi, walked in
Zen for the first time and wrote down their experiences.
One of them, Dhyan Jyoti, penned a poem
right after her first Zen Walk:
With the hands open, feet bare,
I look at life once again
Wind gently playing hide and seek
With leaves both alive and dead,
Life throbbing in shadows,
In sunlight, in specks of dust,
Patterns in stones,
No thoughts but just
Simply walking, simply seeing,
I am Here"
Exactly what Osho says by Here Now.
: "After very long time, I heard so
"These sounds, I had forgotten even existed.
"It was like meeting my own self.
"I heard an airplane, the banging of door faraway, a
shrill sound of tapping utensils, two men talking, the
laughter of women.
"Then, I started listening to the wind, three different
kinds of birds chirping, a leaf falling, a motor cutting a
stone, creaking of my own feet bone (never knew it was so
frequently) I felt my feet and everything came under it.
"I felt the cold and I felt my conscious spoke less to my
heart or brain. I felt peace."
: My experience:
Experience of inner silence
Movement of foot, how it is bending, touching the ground?
Balancing the path of life with small and aware steps.
"This Zen walk is my first
experience in life and it was wonderful.
"When I started moving, I felt something strange in my
legs and as long as I kept moving and focusing, attention on
my every single step, suddenly my mind stopped chattering
and every noise coming from outside whether it was of birds
or trees seemingly felt pleasant for me.
"So, I must say is a great experience for me.
"In the beginning I was focusing
on the feet of the person in front of me and my own
"This made me tense.
"Swamiji then made me aware of the tension in my hands
and directed me to change my lane.
"After this, I practiced letting go of tension in my
"My mind also let go of the ideas it was holding on to.
"My gaze then naturally adjusted to a distance of four
feet ahead and I started to experience the flow.
"I no longer looked at my feet.
"My gaze was fixed at the changing four feet distance and
I gathered speed also.
"I was no longer focusing on what I was stepping on.
While in this walk, I found
something in me, the real value of the walk. During
walking, I found spiritual silence in me.
Actually, no words to describe it.
Sanjay Mandal: In the Zen walk, I found
my awareness was increasingly with a feeling of the
Suddenly, a thought is coming and I am awake on the walk;
then thoughts stop and we are feeling the touching of the
A sound of birds behind. It was good experience of Zen
Deveindra Jaitly: I felt very divine
experience. During the Zen Walk I was more focused.
I felt even if a little sensation happened under every
inch of my feet, that experience was amazing.
Moreover, I learnt to control my emotions.
Zen Walk made me more
comfortable and relaxed.
Felt like meditation in nature.
Felt my body with peace.
Zen walk stopped the brain’s thought process.
Made me feel pain in a different way.
I feel different types of sound from the surroundings in
a clear way.
Awareness while walking brings a
different quality to it altogether, I did kind of forget
the feel of land touching my feet, this Zen walking
reminds me of that.
This somehow connect me to earth or I should say to the
very nature itself.
I can feel my soles of feet
are very sensitive.
I can feel the sensations and there is a rhythm in
walking, the second feel following in the first one in the
same pattern and I can feel the coldness of stones.
Felt this kind of walking can come out of silence.
There was music even in the
I could hear even the smallest of sounds of all birds,
trees and other surroundings like airplane.
There was a peace and calmness in mind.
This is a wonderful
This is one of the best meditations because I can do it
anywhere and at any time.
I was listening to the noise around me.
Although I was distracted in between sometime with my
thought but again and again, I came back to my present
I experienced my way of walking.
Thanks for this meditation.
Zen walk reminded
me of my childhood friendships and love.
Sanjay Narayan Tripathi:
Anurag Singh: My experience: Few
thought-free moments; Gracefully moving; every step made
me observe keenly, awaken and consciously; On the way,
getting the sounds of birds; a soothing experience.
Sarla Agarwal: I had a unique experience.
While taking part in Zen Walk, I did not know when I went
All thoughts finished.
Then I realised that all my energy had flowing into my
Experienced exceptional bliss for which I am very
Experienced silence. Also
experienced witnessing that we can be a witness fore
very task all the time.
The sound of leaves, the silence in the breeze was a
Felt we should live in witnessing.
I found no feeling of my
being there, just the experience of just walking.
And listening and that was all. In between, I was lost
and then witnessing what I was doing.
When I started, I was not