ANCHORAGE, Alaska — (AP) — For more than three decades, members of the Anchorage Zen Community have gathered in unusual venues -- from a busy strip mall to a converted garage -- with the same intention: simply to sit and meditate in silence.
Alaska winters, she said, are actually conducive to Zen Buddhism’s sitting meditation, or zazen, a practice they believe can help them attain a greater sense of self.
The long, sunlit days of summer also afford the Anchorage Zen Community a chance to practice walking meditation in nearby parks, Zeedyk said.
“Zazen works best when done on a regular basis, day in and day out,” said Judith Haggar, the center’s treasurer.
… We connected on many levels … and it enhanced my life tremendously.”As the meditation ended on the recent day at the Anchorage zendo, she waved goodbye to others.