Buddha-Basics (Part XI) — Zazen-ing Right

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
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    Buddha-Basics (Part XI) — Zazen-ing Right



    We now come full circle, for the “last” branch of the Eightfold Path is “Right Meditation.” … Zazen

    But is it the “last branch” or the the first branch, the core, all branches? For this Path has no beginning, no end… each branch supporting, supported by, and realizing the others.

    CLICK HERE for today’s Sit-A-Long video.



    Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended.
    Last edited by Jundo; 03-21-2020, 03:49 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Joryu
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    • Byokan
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      • Apr 2014
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      #3


      Gassho
      Lisa
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      展道 渺寛 Tendō Byōkan
      Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

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      • Dave d
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        #4
        The root of the tree

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        • Troy
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          Wonderful thank you


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          • Jika
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              Thank you

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                • jmiller
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                  #9
                  Thank you Jundo.

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                  • Budo-Dan
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                    • Jun 2017
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                    #10
                    Is focusing on (whatever task I am doing) wholly and completely, similar to emptying my mind during shikantaza? Any advice (or an example) on how do this?

                    Thank you Jundo!

                    Gassho
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                    • Jundo
                      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                      • Apr 2006
                      • 39211

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Budo-Dan
                      Is focusing on (whatever task I am doing) wholly and completely, similar to emptying my mind during shikantaza? Any advice (or an example) on how do this?

                      Thank you Jundo!

                      Gassho
                      Dan
                      sat2day
                      Yes and no.

                      Any work practice (we call it "Samu") such as washing the dishes or changing a baby diaper can be a kind of Shikantaza if one forgets thoughts of before or after, puts aside judging the experience as pleasant or unpleasant, take care to do a diligent and good job yet do not force yourself or judge, work to complete the task successfully while simultaneously dropping all goals (we call this "goals-without-goals"), and feels in the bones that such action is the only place to be, the one thing in need of doing, in the whole universe without one thing to add or take away.

                      On the other hand, you are still doing something and busy, so there is a time to just sit, take the posture and face the wall. Human beings need to sit still for a bit.

                      Both flavors of Shikantaza ... on and off the cushion ... are vital to our Practice. A time to work, a time to sit.

                      By the way, here is our lesson on "Samu" for our annual Rohatsu Retreat netcast ...

                        Dear All, a re-MINDer that our ... Treeleaf Annual 'ALWAYS AT HOME' Two Day 'ALL ONLINE' ROHATSU (Buddha's Enlightenment Day) RETREAT ... is to be LIVE NETCAST on the upcoming weekend of Saturday & Sunday, December 10th and 11th, 2016. The retreat is designed to be sat in any time zone around the world


                      And by by the way, people sometimes misunderstand that they should ... or can ... be in such "mindful/one task at a time" mode all or even much of the time. There is a time for "mindful" ... a time to multi-task ... just as humans do ...

                      Being mindful of 'mindful'
                      It seems to me that many people in Zen Practice have come to confuse "being present/mindful in the moment" (for example, "when drinking tea, just drink tea" ... a sometimes appropriate and lovely way to experience life) ... with "being present with the moment" (allowing and merging with conditions


                      Gassho, J

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                      Last edited by Jundo; 06-27-2017, 11:53 PM.
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                      • Budo-Dan
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                        • Jun 2017
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                        #12
                        Thank you for answering my question. I appreciate the detailed and insightful responses that you give, makes things a little easier to comprehend.

                        Gassho
                        Dan
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                        • Tai Do
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                          • Jan 2019
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                          Thank you for this teachings, Jundo Roshi. Both the video and the lesson on being mindful of 'mindful':
                          And by by the way, people sometimes misunderstand that they should ... or can ... be in such "mindful/one task at a time" mode all or even much of the time. There is a time for "mindful" ... a time to multi-task ... just as humans do ...

                          Being mindful of 'mindful'
                          http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...ful-of-mindful
                          I'm in real need for all these kinds of mindfulness. I need to notice more the arriving of states of mind in myself (especially anger, greed, ignorance and prejudice). I need to focus and be mindful of some activities, doing one thing at a time when driving, eating, drinking tea, preparing classes, reading and writing papers etc. And I also need to bring the zazen mindfulness to my life, even in moments of distress, sadness, anxiety and simple leisure.
                          This series is the perfect sequence to the Beginner’s Series. Thank you, sensei.
                          Gassho,
                          Mateus
                          Sat today
                          怠努 (Tai Do) - Lazy Effort
                          (also known as Mateus )

                          禅戒一如 (Zen Kai Ichi Nyo) - Zazen and the Precepts are One!

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                          • Teiro
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                            • Jan 2018
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                            #14
                            Thank you Jundo.

                            Gassho

                            Teiro

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                            • Timchenko_Oleg
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