Everything we encounter is
fully and completely itself. Nothing is merely a means to an end, nothing is
merely a step on the path to somewhere else. Every moment, everything, is
absolutely foundational in its own right. Zazen, defined in the narrow sense as
seated meditation, is but one of an infinite number of possible paradigms for
this state, yet at the same time it is the unique expression of the coming
together of human nature and buddhanature.