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The breath


"Our exhalation is that of the entire universe. Our inhilation is that of the entire universe. Thus, in each moment, we realize the truth about existence. This spirit eliminates misfortune and creates absolute joy." (Kodo Sawaki 1880-1965)

The breath is a fundamental aspect of zazen. It is peaceful and assumes a slow, strong, natural rhythm. 

The exhalation is deep and long. Zen masters compare it to the lowing of a cow. The inhalation, which is shorter, follows the exhaltion naturally; no force or intention is required. 

The body becomes strong, the brain fresh, and the blood pure. This deep, calm, slow exhalation washes away mental complications. Consciousness becomes as clear as a cloudless sky.