Zen practice is understanding our true nature. Before thinking, our true nature is always apparent, but, in our daily lives, we lose sight of it. We hold very tightly to our perceptions and our opinions. Practicing Zen meditation allows us to relax that tightness - opening ourselves up to this world. This is the beginning of Great Love, Great Compassion that allows us to help the suffering we see all around us. The practice includes prostrations, chanting, sitting and walking meditation. These practices, handed down from the Zen masters of old, are very effective in opening our hearts and helping us see into our true nature.