Literary Nonfiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Religion & Spirituality. In the broad sense, Timeless Zen is a compound term that refers to Zen when we do and do not have activities, and thus is a concept that encompasses all Zen. It is a dharma of Zen that embraces not only action and rest but also walking, abiding, sitting, lying, speaking, and silence, and because Timeless Zen is a general term for the Zen dharmas performed at any time or place, all Zen dharmas ultimately converge on this dharma of Timeless Zen. In other words, the concept of this dharma of Timeless Zen includes senses of both seated meditation and placeless Zen. The spirit of the Timeless Zen dharma is, at its core, about consistent practice of Zen, without being bound by concepts of time or space. This greater principle must underlie our Zen practice from the beginning.