What Traditions Practice Quiet Sitting?

Quiet Sitting

Quaker silent prayer & silent worship, along with Eastern Orthodox Hesychasm and Chan/Zen Buddhist silent illumination are said to be to be some of the closest modern correlates to Daoist Quiet Sitting (which is a primary meditation method of the Daoist school of Quanzhen). Each of the mentioned practices could be considered “quietistic” and involves abandonment of personal will to “divine will”, as well as, calm acceptance of things as they are without attempts to resist or change them. In the language of Daoism, this relates to wu wei/effortlessness and “guarding the feminine”, or abiding in and maintaining a state of open receptivity. 

Handbooks for Daoist Practice
Louis Komjathy

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