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Greetings, virtuous Sangha. Sorry if this has been covered before, but I am looking for some practical meditation advice. I am having the hardest time trying to do a form of Zen meditation called shikantaza, that is, “just sitting.” This is supposed to be objectless meditation, where you simply sit and let thoughts come and go without holding on to them (or resisting them). Now I can understand meditating upon the breath, or upon any number of bodily sensations, but this objectless stuff is seemingly beyond me. Without having an anchor for my attention, my mind tends to run riot, and the meditation session just seems like a waste of time. The only fruitful part is when I count my breath a few times to bring the three ring circus in my mind to a halt. But that is anapanasati, not shikantaza (right?).
Does anyone have any practical advice on how to practice this so-simple-yet-so-difficult form of meditation correctly?