Seated Zazen is our ONE AND ONLY practice, for by the very nature of Shikantaza
... when sitting Zazen, there is nothing more to do, nothing more that need be done, no addition needed nor anything to take away. Zazen is complete and whole.
No other place to be in all the world, no other place we must (or can) run to. Nothing lacks, all is sacred, and Zazen is the One Liturgy. It is vital to be sat by
Zazen with such attitude. Thus, Zazen is sat each day as the One and Whole Practice
. If one sits any other way, if one sits with any sensation of "'I' need to fill some hole that is not Whole
" ... one kills Zazen, gets nowhere. If one sits Zazen, one need do no other practice!
But, of course ...
... we do rise up from the Zafu
and get on with "the rest of life
". Then, ANYTHING and EVERYTHIING can be encountered as Sacred, One, Whole ... as 'Zazen', ALL ZAZEN ... from 'changing a baby's diaper' to 'stapling staples' at work to 'pulling weeds' in the garden to lying on one's death bed ... all a SACRED RITUAL when approached as such ... complete and whole
. No other place to be in all the world, no other place we must (or can) run to.