When you first visit us, the first form of practice is usually silent meditation. You can use a cushion and mat or a chair. Our dharma room is a very peaceful environment. Together, we practice the mindfulness of breathing, or a mantra, or listening, or centering. Simply be aware, moment by moment. Simply be present in this moment: in your breathing, in the mantra, in the quiet sounds, in your centre.
When thoughts or feelings arise, let them come, note them, and let them go. If a question arises, only don’t know. The “Don’t Know” mind is perfectly calm, clear and open. If you notice your mind wandering, return to the present moment and what you are doing right now. Return to don’t know. No need to check your mind or judge yourself.
One more step: put down “I”. Let go of inside and outside. Let go of all distinctions, so there is no more “self” and “other”. Put down “I am aware”, and “I am mindful” and “I don’t know”. Wake up. Even if you do this only for a moment during meditation, you discover a doorway to the complete world. This is the Buddha world, the real world. In this world, always everything is Just Like This.