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Thread: Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (Part XX)

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    Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (Part XX)

    Introducing Insta-Zazen! ©

    Last time, I said that true Zazen is not a matter of sitting, standing, walking, running, floating in a pond or flying through the air. ALL OF LIFE, each instant and every action, is “Zazen” when lived as such, with the same vigorous, sincere stance of “attaining non-attaining,” and vibrant “doing non-doing” that we’ve pointed to for so many days in this beginners’ series.

    That does NOT mean, however,that we can give up “Zazen” on our sitting cushion, cross-legged or the like and facing the wall or floor. Please don’t misunderstand!

    “All of life” is Zazen — but only – seated Zazen is Zazen, too, and is indispensable. (Please remember that Zen teachers often speak out of both sides of their no-sided mouths). In other words, every moment of the day can be a chance to practice Zazen in its all encompassing meaning, but one must still sit Zazen the old fashioned way as well, quietly letting thoughts go, facing the wall or floor. (In Soto Zen, it was traditional to sit facing the wall, but floor-facing has become about as common in the West). Do not misunderstand that point.

    Still, the fact is that we can and should practice Zazen anywhere. This Practice is not limited by time or place, on or off the cushion. Anything, anywhere, anytime is Zazen if tasted as such.

    Thus, to bridge the gapless gap between “on the cushion” and all of life “off the cushion,” I highly recommend to everyone JUNDO’s PATENTED “INSTA-ZAZEN © throughout each day.

    You don’t even have to “sit” for these “Insta-sittings©.“ Also, an Insta-Zazen © can be of any length, starting from but a moment until infinite time (really the same when all is timeless!). We do Insta-Zazen © at points in our day when just a bit of “Zen Mind”© will change our perspective on all things, when a touch of balance will bring life into balance…

    Just standing in a creeping postal line, in the dentist’s chair, when the car won’t start on a cold morning, when driving and stuck in traffic, when the computer crashes, the baby is teething, waiting for the crossing light to change, the toast to toast, wherever and whenever… just do what you do in Zazen, with the Lotus Position fully optional (It tends to get in the way while driving or having a root canal, although it might work in the postal line if you keep pushing along.).

    This is actually not such a radical departure from “traditional” practice. You see, life in a Zen monastery is filled with countless opportunities to bring the “Way of Non-Seeking” tasted on the cushion into daily activities: What’s the difference between the Kinhin (walking Zazen) line and the postal line? Even monks need to wash the windows and do the laundry (folding and sorting socks is an excellent time for a bit of “Folding Zazen”), and monastery life, like all of life, is filled with its challenges, tedious tasks and frustrations. Each place is a place for Practice.

    In fact, if what we do on the cushion stays only on the cushion, what’s the point?

    So, please try Jundo’s Patented Insta-Zazen © sittings throughout your day. In fact, for a limited time only, three (3) Insta-Zazens © can substitute for one (1) traditional sitting. (That is, if you’re sitting a minimum of (one) 1 or more traditional sittings each day. That’s still indispensable!).

    Today I sit a bit on the train, between stations. There is no talk today, no opening or closing bells, not even sound. No special lesson. Just a guy sitting Zazen on the train …

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

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    Last edited by Jundo; 03-31-2014 at 10:43 AM.

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    Hilarious and profound all at once_/\_
    I think it's time for me to revisit this whole series!!! Definitely had a much better understanding of this teaching the 2nd time around

    Gassho,
    Hoyu
    Ho (Dharma)
    Yu (Hot Water)

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    Magnifique and very inspiring.

    Gassho,
    Tetsu
    Patrick__________________________
    Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien. -Voltaire
    The better is the enemy of the good. -Voltaire

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    "......or having a root canal" I actually practiced zazen recently while having 4 dental implants put in over a 2 hour period. It was as near to living in the present as I'm ever likely to experience

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    I am retired, and I have more time than many. My daughter is grown, and by the way she lives in Hokkaido, so I have the time for longer zazen, up to an hour or even a little more. I have read the Miracle of Mindfulness, and appreciate doing daily activities mindfully, so Instant Zen is good for me. Tomorrow I will spend the day alone in my home, and I'm looking forward to it. For me 40 minutes are minimum sitting. I am also basking in the luxury of reading books again. For many years I moved through my life at break neck speed, and now I get to slow down, meditate, read, do simple things just for fun. Take my time as I can. I do volunteer work, and as a recovering alcoholic of more than 27 years completely sober, soon I will volunteer working for a nonprofit with alcoholics. So not only do I take time for myself and my wife, but I will be giving back, as I have with several nonprofits already. I am fairly new to Treeleaf, and very much open to instruction. I have realized some things can not be rushed, so I'm just happy to have a place to practice, to learn, to sit, and listen. Thank you.

    Elgwyn
    sat today
    Gassho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgwyn View Post
    I am retired, and I have more time than many. My daughter is grown, and by the way she lives in Hokkaido, so I have the time for longer zazen, up to an hour or even a little more. I have read the Miracle of Mindfulness, and appreciate doing daily activities mindfully, so Instant Zen is good for me. Tomorrow I will spend the day alone in my home, and I'm looking forward to it. For me 40 minutes are minimum sitting. I am also basking in the luxury of reading books again. For many years I moved through my life at break neck speed, and now I get to slow down, meditate, read, do simple things just for fun. Take my time as I can. I do volunteer work, and as a recovering alcoholic of more than 27 years completely sober, soon I will volunteer working for a nonprofit with alcoholics. So not only do I take time for myself and my wife, but I will be giving back, as I have with several nonprofits already. I am fairly new to Treeleaf, and very much open to instruction. I have realized some things can not be rushed, so I'm just happy to have a place to practice, to learn, to sit, and listen. Thank you.

    Elgwyn
    sat today
    Gassho
    Lovely. It sounds like you have a nice Practice in your own Grass Hut in the mountains. Lovely!

    I just want to remind others that sitting long is good for some, sitting short is good or necessary for some. Just whenever sitting long or short, 40 minutes or 14 minutes or 4 hours, always sit beyond all mental measure of long or short.

    We don't put a taxi meter on our Zazen!



    Gassho, J

    SatToday
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

    #SAT TODAY!

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    Gassho


    ..sat2day•

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    Joining Treeleaf has returned my focus to doing more formal Zazen and I am cleaning up my sloppy sitting practices... but it's nice to know that all the "informal" Zazen I've been doing over the years "counts" for something. I do find all those opportunites, while standing in line, driving my car (I read somewhere to use stoplights as a bell to bring you back from wandering thoughts), and so forth, to practice. I will be sure to remember your copyright on this "Insta-Zazen" and give you proper credit, now, though Thank you for these wonderful videos.

    Gassho,
    Sierra
    SatInstaZazen a few times today

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