Do one-breath zazen!
my Zen teacher would say
when I complained
I hadn’t time
to meditate regularly.
He would probably approve
my placement of his new book
on the back of my toilet.
Since my prostate enlarged,
I pee more than I used to, making
for frequent short visits with
my old teacher.
*Dokusan—personal interview with the roshi during formal Zen practice
(No. 56 in a series of responses to Han-shan’s Songs of Cold Mountain)
In my experience, Zen practice (and probably most such practices) eventually merges with everyday life. Just look around.
Many koans clarify this point. For example, Case 21 of the Mumonkan:
A monk asked Unmon, What is a Buddha?
Unmon said, Dried shitstick.
Answering a similar question, Joshu (Case 37, Mumonkan), replied, The oak tree in the garden.
(Numeric reference to Han-shan’s poem reflects the order of presentation in Burton Watson’s translation, presented as Cold Mountain, Columbia University Press, 1970.)