Susokukan—Counting the Zen Way

Eizan Tatsuta

Susokukan, “observing the breath with numbers”, is the Japanese name of the Buddhist practice of anapanasati (in Sanskrit anapanasmriti), “mindfulness of inhalation and exhalation”. The following primer by Tatsuta Roshi is one of the most concise, popular and authorised introductions available.

Susokukan is the first step as well as the final destination of Zazen.”

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or click here to read the original Japanese text.

Text reproduced with thanks to the Ningen Zen school (their Japanese website is more up-to-date).