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NEW DELHI India --  Listening to falling leaves and singing birds, on a bamboo-lined, meandering path in Osho Dham, New Delhi, meditators walk in total awareness to experience the serenity of Zen Walking.


When the walker witnesses the walking ... it is (Zen) meditation

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 meditative.

"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

Birds chirping
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
Simple seeing
Simply walking, simply seeing,

I am Here"

Exactly what Osho says by Here Now.

Anupam: "After very long time, I heard so many sounds.

"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."

Archana: 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.

Vipin Kumar: "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.

Anshula: "In the beginning I was focusing on the feet of the person in front of me and my own feet.

"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 hands.

"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.

Rinki: 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 self.

Suddenly, a thought is coming and I am awake on the walk; then thoughts stop and we are feeling the touching of the earth.

A sound of birds behind. It was good experience of Zen Walking.

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.

Nitin Rana: 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.

Satish: 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.

Bodhi Tara: 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.

Ajay Jain: There was music even in the walk.

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.

Dinesh Jain: This is a wonderful experience.

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 consciousness.

I experienced my way of walking.

Thanks for this meditation.

Sanjay Narayan Tripathi: Zen walk reminded me of my childhood friendships and love.

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 into no-mind.

All thoughts finished.

Then I realised that all my energy had flowing into my head.

Experienced exceptional bliss for which I am very grateful.

Monika: 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 great experience.

Felt we should live in witnessing.

Dilawar Singh: 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.

Alok Mehta: When I started, I was not conscious.

 After few steps, then I understood and with full consciousness started walking.

At the start, I was not able to keep in tandem of lifting the legs, slowly it became automatically, putting the left toe forward lifting, simultaneously the right toe in back and automatically got the rhythm.

It was only me and walking with the whole surrounding, hearing the breeze and other sounds.



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