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It's called shikantaza. It's from the Soto school of Zen Buddhism.
According to Merv Fowler, shikantaza is described best as,
quiet sitting in open awareness, reflecting directly the reality of life.
Shikantaza is often termed a goalless meditation in quiet awareness,
not working on any koan, or counting the breath. It is an alert condition, performed erect, with no trace of sluggishness or drowsiness.
While you are practicing just sitting, be clear about everything going on in your mind. Whatever you feel, be aware of it, but never abandon the awareness of your whole body sitting there. Shikantaza is not sitting with nothing to do; it is a very demanding practice, requiring diligence as well as alertness.
originally posted by: brazenalderpadrescorpio
a reply to: intrptr
Good point about Socrates. I was just saying that to understand that text properly, a prerequisite might be to study a little about the Buddhist precepts. But on the other hand, a lot of Buddhism is steeped in dogma. One would have to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.
I was meditating this way for about 3 weeks when I had the idea to research if there was an established method like this.