SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: WHAT's NEXT!?!

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39272

    SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: WHAT's NEXT!?!

    Almost each week someone asks me, "What comes next in my practice? How do I deepen it? What should I do now? What book should I read with all the secrets? I feel like something is still missing and that I must do more."

    But how can I respond to such a question when the very heart of this Path is learning to live and be this life radically FREE OF THE NEED FOR 'WHAT'S NEXT', LIBERATED OF 'SOMETHING MORE THAT NEED BE DONE', FULFILLED OF 'ANYTHING MISSING'!

    Oh, don't misunderstand. I typically respond that, together with daily sitting, there are some 'this and thats' that we can do to deepen our practice ... such as another 'Zen Book' to read or 'Zen Talk' to hear, studying a bit more of Buddhist and Zen teachings, attending more retreats, adding more practices such as Samu, Bowing, Chanting, Sewing, studying the Precepts or undertaking a Jukai, learning to bring 'Zazen' off the Zafu and to all aspects of life ... ALL ENRICHING WAYS TO DEEPEN THIS PRACTICE!

    And, though there is "nothing ever missing or in need of adding and doing" ... that does not mean that there are not things to lose, gain or do! Learning to be free of the "need for change" is a REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE ... a change helped along by things we need to do and change, such as learning to be less driven by GREED, ANGER and IGNORANCE! In this crazy-sane practice, we master how to live 'without need for change' by changing some things about us ... including the view that anything is ever in need of change ... thus bringing about an EARTHSHAKING CHANGE in how life is encountered! Oh, a CRAZY-SANE KARMIC KATCH-22!

    However, the fundamental Heart of this Path must remain learning to be so intimately At Home, At One with life ... that there is no need for "what's next" ... no hole to fill as "something missing". Our way to do so is simply to sit Shikantaza, dropping all thought and desire for "what's next" ... all while welcoming and embracing whatever comes next.

    So, please learn ... in one's heart of hearts ... that "what's next" is learning to live freer and freer of "asking and needing, running after or away from 'what's next'"

    I sometimes hear other teachers speak of flavors of Buddhism that promise to liberate us from this world, to encounter states of mind-and-body free of time and space! Many promise to take us from this world or ordinary being to another world or state of being. They seek for such states as "what needs to be done" and (hopefully, if the practice works out) "what's next". I don't much care for such Buddhism.

    That's because this Way of Shikantaza, if properly mastered, liberates us from this world right in this world. Time and space are fully realized, dropped away and found again, in each instant of time and inch of space. Our way takes us from this world of ordinary being ... and leaves us squarely right back in this world of ordinary being ... NOW REVEALED AS ANYTHING BUT 'ORDINARY' ALL ALONG.

    As the Buddha sat under the Bodhi Tree, and experienced the morning star after his long search and struggles, it was as simple as so.

    All that, simply by dropping to the marrow 'what's next'.

    'What's next' then turns out to be ...



    'NOTHING ELSE IS NEXT,' THUS EVERYTHING IS NEXT!



    Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows at this link. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended

    Last edited by Jundo; 05-09-2019, 12:42 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Omoi Otoshi
    Member
    • Dec 2010
    • 801

    #2
    SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: WHAT'S NEXT!?!

    Wonderful. Thank you.

    I'm still a junkie for special experiences. I would be lying if I said otherwise. It's crazy to be looking for the special, when I know in my heart that the ordinary is the most special thing in the world, when seen as such. Still there is a little bit of doubt deep inside, that keeps me from realizing it in the marrow of my bones. Can it be this easy? Yes, it can! I'm sure of it! I know how effortless it can be! Funny how the mind works...

    Gassho,
    /Pontus
    In a spring outside time, flowers bloom on a withered tree;
    you ride a jade elephant backwards, chasing the winged dragon-deer;
    now as you hide far beyond innumerable peaks--
    the white moon, a cool breeze, the dawn of a fortunate day

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    • Seiryu
      Member
      • Sep 2010
      • 620

      #3
      Re: SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: WHAT'S NEXT!?!

      Thank you Jundo. Just what I needed to hear.

      It is so easy to ignore whats right in front of us to seek for that special "place". Yet, in our looking elsewhere we miss the special place right within our grasp. Always present.

      Thank you again.....
      Humbly,
      清竜 Seiryu

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      • Jinyo
        Member
        • Jan 2012
        • 1957

        #4
        Re: SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: WHAT'S NEXT!?!

        Thanks Jundo - I appreciated this talk - though as Hoyu says - not really craving a magic carpet ride,
        if that was the focus it would put me off.

        Gassho

        Willow

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        • Shokai
          Treeleaf Priest
          • Mar 2009
          • 6391

          #5
          Re: SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: WHAT'S NEXT!?!

          Thank you Jundo, your talk reminds me of the number of times I rode on the Yamanote line and looked up at the sign at the end of the car to see ? ?(tsugi wa / next up.) It always made me wonder why we are always in such a hurry to get to the next event-place-chapter-experience. Yes, by all means, let us all endeavor to just sit as thus 8)
          合掌,生開
          gassho, Shokai

          仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

          "Open to life in a benevolent way"

          https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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          • Heisoku
            Member
            • Jun 2010
            • 1338

            #6
            Re: SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: WHAT'S NEXT!?!

            NOTHING ELSE IS NEXT, THUS EVERYTHING IS NEXT!
            Thank you Jundo.
            This allows us to have time for everything!.... and to allow, as Ecclesiastes says, a time to live and a time to die etc.

            Gassho.
            Heisoku 平 息
            Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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            • Risho
              Member
              • May 2010
              • 3179

              #7
              Re: SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: WHAT'S NEXT!?!

              What comes next? This is always, always an ever present question in my life. I don't mean in terms of just practice on the cushion, I mean in my daily life. And it is a source of anxiety; in fact, I think this is the greatest barrier to my practice. Simultaneously, it is also a great source from which my practice comes to life... it supports my practice. When I first encountered this anxiety I ran from practice. But now I just try to sit with it.

              I remember on the suggested books thread you mention that "What the Buddha Taught" is a good book, but it has a Theravedan slant. I didn't know what you meant at first, but now I think I get it. In Mahayana, dukkha, this what is next, is really the entry point to practice isn't it? This practice is moment to moment. As everything changes, we meet that dukkha again, anew and then resist the urge to block it out or add to it.. we just sit and practice. Sorry for the rambling.

              Thank you for this teaching.

              Gassho,

              Risho
              Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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              • Kyonin
                Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
                • Oct 2010
                • 6739

                #8
                Re: SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: WHAT'S NEXT!?!

                Thank you, Jundo.

                Somehow my mind made a connection between this teaching and the Heart Sutra. I shall sit on this
                Hondō Kyōnin
                奔道 協忍

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                • Seishin the Elder
                  Member
                  • Oct 2009
                  • 521

                  #9
                  Re: SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: WHAT'S NEXT!?!

                  Ah, what's next huh? The hermitage teaches me to not have expectations for what is next, but roll with that which is next as if it doesn't matter since then the next becomes a wonderful string of always now. Some days seem the same. Was that just Tuesday, or was it Thursday? Did Winter pass and is it now Spring. Ah, look the daffodils have sprung up overnight, or was it last week I saw them.

                  Gassho,

                  Seishin Kyrill

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                  • Shokai
                    Treeleaf Priest
                    • Mar 2009
                    • 6391

                    #10
                    Re: SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: WHAT'S NEXT!?!

                    Kyrillos wrote;
                    Was that just Tuesday, or was it Thursday?
                    We had green jello last night so it must be Thursday.
                    合掌,生開
                    gassho, Shokai

                    仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

                    "Open to life in a benevolent way"

                    https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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                    • dharma7154
                      Member
                      • Jan 2013
                      • 22

                      #11
                      This is a teaching I have to always remind myself.
                      Thank you Jundo!
                      Gassho
                      Lee

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                      • Jundo
                        Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                        • Apr 2006
                        • 39272

                        #12
                        Originally posted by dharma7154
                        This is a teaching I have to always remind myself.
                        Thank you Jundo!
                        Gassho
                        Lee
                        There is no "what's next" ... no place to go and nothing to attain.

                        And thus we keep moving forward, each day, diligently toward our goals.

                        It is not an either/or thing.

                        Gassho, J
                        ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                        • Gen01
                          Member
                          • May 2012
                          • 39

                          #13
                          Thanks Jundo!

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                          • Gregor
                            Member
                            • Apr 2007
                            • 638

                            #14
                            Jundo, Thanks loved this. Just what I needed as I reboot my practice.
                            Jukai '09 Dharma Name: Shinko 慎重(Prudent Calm)

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                            • Gen01
                              Member
                              • May 2012
                              • 39

                              #15
                              Thanks very much Jundo!!

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