WHAT IS ZEN? - Chap 10 - Over the Long Haul

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39272

    WHAT IS ZEN? - Chap 10 - Over the Long Haul

    Dear All,

    First, some nice news I would like to share with all of you. I just heard from Wisdom Publications about my own book on Master Dogen (tentatively entitled "The Zen Master's Dance"), and it is scheduled for publication in the Summer of 2020! (I am not so experienced with the publishing world, so it was explained to me that such long preparation times are pretty standard. All things in their time.) Anyway, maybe we can read my book in the book club someday down the road.

    For today, we turn to all of Chapter 10 in "What Is Zen?"

    Here are a few suggested possible questions to talk about a bit ...

    --How has Zen Practice changed you over time? Not changed you? How does that compare to the qualities, lifestyle etc. that you thought would be part of the path? Are you happier?

    --How do you keep your Practice fresh?

    We can chat about that, or you can talk about anything else at all.

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Jishin
    Member
    • Oct 2012
    • 4819

    #2
    Hi,

    I sneeze you catch a cold.

    Less fear and more peace for me and for you.

    Gasho, Jishin, _/st\_

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    • Mp

      #3
      Thank you Jundo. =)

      Gassho
      Shingen

      Sat/LAH

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      • Joyo

        #4
        Congratulations, Jundo. That is a big accomplishment!!

        Gassho,
        Joyo
        sat today/lah

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        • Geika
          Treeleaf Unsui
          • Jan 2010
          • 4978

          #5
          Congratulations on your book!

          I guess you could say that Zen practice has made me much more patient, but I am not sure if that is zazen or just getting older! I wouldn't say I'm happier since beginning practice-- I am about the same, if happiness is quantifiable-- but I am less confused about who I am and how I think. Once again, I am not sure if it is zazen or age, but practice definitely has changed how I respond to certain things in life, philosophically. I no longer look for something to blame when things go "wrong". I am no longer superstitious. Looking back, I kind of was.

          Practice is always fresh. It is never the same day.

          Gassho, sat today, lah
          求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
          I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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          • Doshin
            Member
            • May 2015
            • 2644

            #6
            Like Geika, not sure whether zazen or age or experience or all together are the changes in me. However I know that the pull to zazen has been with me for verry long so it seems it is a part of how I got here. My equanimity has never been more a part of my life.

            Very good anout the book Jundo.

            Gassho
            Doshin
            Stlah

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            • Kotei
              Treeleaf Unsui
              • Mar 2015
              • 3935

              #7
              Hello,
              I would very much like, reading your book together. Great news!

              Regarding practice I can only echo, what others said.
              Less fear... yes, that's the easiest recognisable part over here.
              The gap between life and myself got smaller.
              Where there is no urgent need to decide or act, I am more at ease with unclear situations.
              I don't always have to decide on which side I am standing on, accepting reality being not always so clear.

              As life and practice seems to be one, it's always new, different.
              And there is my 'It's not about you!' mantra, when circling thoughts and dullness stays too long.

              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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              • jgotthart
                Member
                • Jul 2016
                • 30

                #8
                I think my experiences mirror a lot of other's. I am not sure what is just getting older and what isn't. I am sure that zen practice has helped me quite a bit like being able to bounce back from bad episodes faster than I was previously able. I don't do it for that, but it is nice. I guess we all start off with that image of being a person who is perfectly content and without any hindrances. I know I certainly did, but as my practice has evolved, I'm happy to throw images like that away. I feel like I'm always learning something new about zen practice, so it always feels fairly fresh I guess.

                Congrats on the book! I am definitely looking forward to reading it.

                Gassho,
                John
                Sat Today

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                • Onkai
                  Treeleaf Unsui
                  • Aug 2015
                  • 2842

                  #9
                  Congratulations on the publication of your book, Jundo. I look forward to reading it.

                  From the beginning of my practice, just sitting has helped give me insight to my self (or no self). It also has given me equanimity. Metta practice gave me more trust of other people and circumstances. I look forward to daily zazen as a way of letting go. The community and lessons at Treeleaf have been a source of wisdom. Coming back to the community keeps my practice feeling fresh.

                  Gassho,
                  Onkai
                  Sat
                  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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                  • Eva
                    Member
                    • May 2017
                    • 200

                    #10
                    Great news, Jundo and congratulations on publishing your first book!

                    Zen Practice has given me opportunity to see "where" and "how" I can fit in and be of some kind of use/help to others. It has given me a sense of a support system in moral/ethical issues. It has given me a tiny peek into Japanese culture, tradition and history (I'm a Japan fan if I may say so). It has given me the sense that although perfect, we are/I am in continuous progress .

                    As I'm very new to Practice, it is fresh, still

                    Thank you for the discussion,
                    thank you all for sharing.

                    Gassho, eva
                    sattoday and also LAH

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                    • Koki
                      Member
                      • Apr 2017
                      • 319

                      #11
                      Congratulations on the book Jundo! I can't wait to get my autographed copy!

                      My practice has been like water. Over the decades it has ebbed and flowed. But like the Tom Tanks movie, Castaway, he said, " You never know what will come in on the next wave."

                      That is my Shikantaza.

                      It is very windy in Cleveland today, and there's a high wind warning in effect until Monday morning. As I went out to pick up my trash cans, I noticed our flowers, peaking out through the ground, and I thought to myself, not yet my little friends, not yet.
                      The flowers will not grow up to be rocks, or anything else. It is their nature to become flowers...in their time.

                      That is my Zen...i will become what I was meant to become...in my time.

                      I agree that we should read Jundos book together. Not only will it be enjoyable, but it is a gift to be able to read along, and discuss a book with its author.

                      Thank you for allowing me to be part of this Sangha.

                      Gassho EVERYONE!

                      Koki
                      Satoday

                      Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk

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                      • Washin
                        Treeleaf Unsui
                        • Dec 2014
                        • 3753

                        #12
                        Thank you, Jundo. I'm catching up with this chapter now.
                        And... Congratulations on your book!

                        Gassho
                        Washin
                        stlah
                        Kaidō (皆道) Every Way
                        Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
                        ----
                        I am a novice priest-in-training. Anything that I say must not be considered as teaching
                        and should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.

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                        • Seishin
                          Member
                          • Aug 2016
                          • 1520

                          #13
                          Getting behind on this reading, with all the Brexit prep and ever changing requirements and info. Will crack on a some stage as I've found it really useful so far.

                          Great news about the book Jundo, can wait for it to hit the streets.


                          Seishin

                          Sei - Meticulous
                          Shin - Heart

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                          • Jundo
                            Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                            • Apr 2006
                            • 39272

                            #14
                            Originally posted by Seishin
                            Getting behind on this reading, with all the Brexit prep and ever changing requirements and info. Will crack on a some stage as I've found it really useful so far.

                            Great news about the book Jundo, can wait for it to hit the streets.
                            I did not realize that Brexit is even impacting Zen! I thought we were all about dropping borders? However, yes, what happens in the next few weeks is a big Koan.
                            ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                            • Seishin
                              Member
                              • Aug 2016
                              • 1520

                              #15
                              Originally posted by Seishin
                              Getting behind on this reading, with all the Brexit prep and ever changing requirements and info. Will crack on a some stage as I've found it really useful so far.

                              Great news about the book Jundo, can wait for it to hit the streets.
                              Its been one Big Koan from the day they announced the referendum. As you say an interesting few weeks ahead.


                              Seishin

                              Sei - Meticulous
                              Shin - Heart

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