Originally Posted by Jundo - For example, sitting is sat anywhere, in any conditions ... and one need not achieve an advanced state, isolate oneself in the mountains removed from people or flee into a quiet room. Most days, we’d best sit Zazen in a quiet room, with little noise and few distractions. The reason is simply that a peaceful, still, quiet environment helps us allow the mind to become peaceful, still and quiet, with thoughts and emotions drifting away as the mind settles down. Yet, is not the true "quiet room" to be found when the mind is roomy and quiet? So, for that reason, I encourage everyone sit, every few days, in a truly disturbing, disagreeable, ugly, noisy, smelly, busy, and distracting place. In a stinking garbage dump, next to a construction site with jackhammers pounding, at an Ozzy Osbourne concert, in a game room, while crushed in a crowded city bus or parked in a parking lot off a busy highway. Push none of it away.