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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39272

    Shikantaza: The Medicine for Desire, for Greed, Anger, Clutching, Fear ...


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    From desire there arises grief, from desire there arises fear;
    for one who is free from desire there is no grief, how is there fear?

    The Dhammapada


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    Someone wrote to say that they do not get "Just Sitting," Shikantaza. It seems passive, complacent. They would prefer a meditation or some other practice that changes more directly our mental habits "from ignorance to enlightened." They would prefer a method which counters head-on our human greed, anger, clutching and fear.

    I am afraid that they may not truly understand Shikantaza, the meaning of "Goalless" sitting. In fact, this "Just Sitting" is the most powerful of medicines, going right to the source of all greed, anger, clutching, fear and more.

    How?

    What is the source of human greed? Desire. What is excellent medicine for Desire? To sit radically as what is, allowing, nothing to desire, complete in this sitting to sit, sitting with trust that sitting is the fulfillment of sitting, nothing lacking in this moment.

    What is the source of human anger? Frustration brought about by thwarted desire. What is excellent medicine for desire? To sit radically as what is, allowing, nothing to desire, complete in this sitting to sit, sitting with trust that sitting is the fulfillment of sitting, nothing lacking in this moment.

    What is the source of jealousy and clutching? Desire. Desire to have what others have, desire to keep what one passionately holds. What is excellent medicine for desire? To sit radically as what is, allowing, nothing to desire, complete in this sitting to sit, sitting with trust that sitting is the fulfillment of sitting, nothing lacking in this moment.

    What is the source of human fear for the future? Worry that the future will not be as desired. What is excellent medicine for desire? To sit radically as what is, allowing, nothing to desire, complete in this sitting to sit, sitting with trust that sitting is the fulfillment of sitting, nothing lacking in this moment.

    It goes on like that.

    Then, rising from the cushion and returning to this busy life, we face a world of choices and difficulties, temptations, sometime defeats, longings, times of sadness, loss and scary things. However, firmly in our bones, there is now a great acceptance and flowing as just what is, knowing that not all we see will be as desired. Now, in place of our demands on life, there is a subtle allowing, desiring instead just what is and what will be ... and so less greed, less anger and greater peace, less jealousy and clutching, less fear and the rest.

    If one desires what is not, there is lack; if one desires just what is, there can be no lack.

    What is more, to the wise, one can know such profound accepting, flowing and allowing ... even as one hand-in-hand meets squarely this world of choices and difficulties, temptations, sometime defeats, longings, times of sadness, loss and scary things. The result is a kind of Peace embracing even life's not peaceful times, an Acceptance that shines even in the hard parts of life we cannot accept, a Silence right at the heart of this world's greatest chaos and noise. Just Sitting does not make us passive! Rather, we rise up and do what must be done, face the ups and downs, meet the hard and painful corners of life, but now with a certain stillness and equanimity in heart. Just Sitting is not the end of all desire, but a key to its healthy moderation. Just Sitting is not the secret to ending all difficulties in life, all times of fear and sadness, but a means to meet them fully, with firm footing and strength.

    All this from sitting radically as what is, allowing, nothing to desire, complete in this sitting to sit, sitting with trust that sitting is the fulfillment of sitting, nothing lacking in this moment.

    It is body and mind which want, long, cling, fear, resist, compare. It is this "little self" which desires, feels anger, jealousy, worry for some imagined tomorrow, separation from all the "not itself" world. Thus, when one sits in radical allowing, fulfilled in the moment of Just Sitting, this "little self" with its desires etc. is "put out of a job." Body and mind are calmed, eased, drop away. The hard borders of separation and thus friction between the self and the "not one's self" other things in the world with which the self sometimes conflicts, is scared by, disappointed by ... these borders begin to soften, sometimes fully drop away. With the dropping of divisions, the frictions which are at the root of suffering must drop away. There arises the profound relief of our ultimate human "angst" for, when the emptiness of separate self-existence is realized, one realizes that we are the Wholeness of it all.

    And so Master Dogen wrote in the Genjo:

    It is delusion to impose yourself and your desires upon life,
    demanding that the myriad things of the world be as you wish.
    To let the myriad things be as they are, illuminating yourself, is enlightenment.


    ~ ~ ~

    Gassho, J


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    Last edited by Jundo; 08-08-2023, 02:02 AM. Reason: added audio link
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  • Bion
    Treeleaf Unsui
    • Aug 2020
    • 3734

    #2
    Thank you for another useful reminder! [emoji3526]

    [emoji1374] Sat
    "Stepping back with open hands, is thoroughly comprehending life and death. Immediately you can sparkle and respond to the world." - Hongzhi

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    • Kotei
      Treeleaf Unsui
      • Mar 2015
      • 3935

      #3
      Thank you, Jundo.
      Gassho,
      Kotei sat/lah today.

      義道 冴庭 / Gidō Kotei.
      Being a novice priest doesn't mean my writing about the Dharma is more substantial than yours. Actually, it might well be the other way round.

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      • Hōzan
        Member
        • Dec 2022
        • 417

        #4
        Shikantaza: The Medicine for Desire

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        «If you can’t be with the ones you love, honey, love the ones your with”[emoji450]

        Gassho, Michael
        Satlah
        Last edited by Hōzan; 08-04-2023, 10:38 AM.

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        • Myosho
          Member
          • May 2020
          • 80

          #5
          Thank You

          , Myosho
          Sat

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          • Nengei
            Member
            • Dec 2016
            • 1697

            #6
            A beautiful read, and a wonderful explanation. Thank you for your teaching.

            Gassho,
            Nengei
            Sat today. LAH.
            遜道念芸 Sondō Nengei (he/him)

            Please excuse any indication that I am trying to teach anything. I am a priest in training and have no qualifications or credentials to teach Zen practice or the Dharma.

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            • Doshin
              Member
              • May 2015
              • 2644

              #7


              Doshin
              St

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              • Tairin
                Member
                • Feb 2016
                • 2733

                #8
                Thank you for this teaching Jundo


                Tairin
                Sat today and lah
                泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

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                • Kaitan
                  Member
                  • Mar 2023
                  • 447

                  #9
                  Thank you. Reminding the intention of shikantaza over and over... Never enough reminders, I think

                  Gasshō

                  SatToday

                  Bernal
                  Kaitan - 界探 - Realm searcher
                  Formerly known as "Bernal"

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                  • Jishin
                    Member
                    • Oct 2012
                    • 4819

                    #10
                    I desire Shikantaza!

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                    Gassho, Jishin, ST, LAH

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                    • Naiko
                      Member
                      • Aug 2019
                      • 838

                      #11
                      The best medicine. Thank you.

                      St

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                      • Shinshi
                        Treeleaf Unsui
                        • Jul 2010
                        • 3506

                        #12
                        Thank you Jundo.

                        Gassho, Shinshi

                        SaT-LaH
                        空道 心志 Kudo Shinshi
                        I am just a priest-in-training, any resemblance between what I post and actual teachings is purely coincidental.
                        E84I - JAJ

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                        • Onkai
                          Treeleaf Unsui
                          • Aug 2015
                          • 2842

                          #13
                          Thank you, Jundo.

                          Gassho, Onkai
                          Sat lah
                          美道 Bidou Beautiful Way
                          恩海 Onkai Merciful/Kind Ocean

                          I have a lot to learn; take anything I say that sounds like teaching with a grain of salt.

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                          • Hoseki
                            Member
                            • Jun 2015
                            • 649

                            #14
                            Gassho,

                            Hoseki

                            Sattodaylah

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                            • Derrell
                              Member
                              • Jun 2023
                              • 19

                              #15
                              Than you for the deep wisdom
                              Gassho
                              Derrell
                              Last edited by Derrell; 08-10-2023, 12:51 AM.

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