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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39456

    #16
    Thanks again, everyone, for a lovely day of Zazen. We all support each other in our sitting, wherever we are. I heard from several people, not members of this forum but who sit with the daily "sit-a-longs", who wrote for the first time because of the Retreat. Very nice.

    Just to mention, especially for a long sitting, nothing wrong from changing positions, even (heresy of heresy) breaking out a chair or the like if the body starts to protest. Learning to sit with some discomfort is very good (even necessary) practice, but so is moving to not strain the body or do damage.

    In fact, modifying and adapting any of the practices (Oryoki, Bowing) etc. in order to fit our physical condition is, of course, fine. In fact, I just wrote this to somebody who wants to sit with us but who has a back problem that keeps the person reclining in bed most of the day....

    "Please do your Zazen sitting, on your belly, standing on one leg or upside down. It does not matter if that is what you must do."

    Oh, and you can go to the tosu (bathroom) during Kinhin! ;-)

    Gassho, Jundo

    PS - Because this may raise the subject again, my stance (pun intended) is that Lotus Positions are best because of the balance they allow, Burmese next ... and one should not give up on those just because you think you "just can't". It takes some time and stretching. That being said, if you really have a physical need, you can use a bench, Seiza, chair, etc.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • Jundo
      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
      • Apr 2006
      • 39456

      #17
      Oh, before I forget ... I did do a talk several months ago on broken buddhas. But it had some recording problems. I will talk on the subject again tomorrow maybe, cause it is important to my heart ...

      If you say that broken buddha is broken, well ...

      Gassho, J
      ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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      • egbrooks
        Member
        • Jun 2007
        • 29

        #18
        Is there a direct link to the chant book? I plan on sitting the retreat 'on demand' over the course of the next few days.

        Thanks,
        Eric
        ‘Training and being spiritually awake are not two separate things.’ - Dogen

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        • Jundo
          Treeleaf Founder and Priest
          • Apr 2006
          • 39456

          #19
          Hi Eric,

          Great, just drop all thought of here there now then, and we are all together with you!

          The Chant Book is here ...



          and some pointers for the Retreat are here ...



          Let us know how it goes.

          Gassho, Jundo
          ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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          • egbrooks
            Member
            • Jun 2007
            • 29

            #20
            Thanks Jundo. I plan on getting started today. With my crazy work schedule, I have no 'full' days off between now and the new year. It will have to be a piecemeal retreat.

            Gassho,
            Eric
            ‘Training and being spiritually awake are not two separate things.’ - Dogen

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