The principle training of spiritual development in Shorinji Kempo is through the practice of 'zazen', or seated Zen meditation.
Understanding of zazen is based on the inseperable union and interaction of body and mind. It is a static practice as opposed to Shorinji Kempo which is dynamic and both forms of training are included in every class.
Zazen cultivates correct voluntary breathing and calms the mind leading to the improved spiritual status and personality of the student. Correct breathing revitalises the body as it circulates the blood and awakens mental awareness and concentration.