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    Sit-a-Long with Taigu: Zazen for Beginners (Part VI)


    Rev. Taigu offers a few more perspectives on the “sitting” of “just sitting.” He says:

    Sitting on a cushion is what we normally do. The actual flexibility of this cushion called a zafu makes it possible to position it at an angle which makes sitting much more comfortable. A zafu is a very personal item and one should search around to find the right thickness for the cushion. When putting hands together to form the zazen mudra, we usually put the left hand on top of the right, palms up and thumbs very lightly touching. If you are not using a koromo, which is a black robe with huge sleeves, then you may use a towel and put it on your lap to support the mudra.

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

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    Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taigu View Post
    Hi Adrian,

    Everybody is different.
    Acceptable or not is not the point.
    The point is...You know what I mean.
    You sit as you do. Let your knees make their way to the floor...Or sit on a chair. Whatever.
    Up. Up is the direction. Allowing weight to go down. Be light. LIGHT.

    As it is, as you are, already perfect.

    Gassho

    Taigu
    Thank you Taigu ... Simply put.

    Gassho
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    倫道 真現

    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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    Thanks for your reply, Timo

    It's great to be here at Treeleaf. What a great resource.

    Gassho,

    Dave

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    Thank you Taigu. I have never tried to change legs. I will start to alternate after each sitting.
    Lee

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    Started sitting with a thin pillow that I have borrowed from our dogs to rest the mudra as you show on your video Taigu. What a difference! Thanks for teaching me this .
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    Thank you for this. I enjoy your delivery in teaching. Very welcoming and forgiving.

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    Thank you, Taigu. I am going to start using a towel to support the mudra.

    Gassho,
    Rick

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    Best explanation I have seen so far. This definitely lowers the threshhold for me to start practicing sitting meditation, and more importantly with fellow practitioners (without being too self-conscious). Thanks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugene View Post
    Best explanation I have seen so far. This definitely lowers the threshhold for me to start practicing sitting meditation, and more importantly with fellow practitioners (without being too self-conscious). Thanks so much.

    Hi Eugene

    I am new here also; been sitting regularly since this summer. Best advice I can give you is to JUST DO IT. If you are making a mistake that's ok. Then you learn what you aren't doing as you go. Please feel free to join any of our online sitting groups on Google+ I promise we won't bite you if you aren't perfect. It helps to have others do it with you I find.

    "We are all beginners" - Taigu

    Gassho
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    Thank you! I found this very helpful. My legs are very stiff and out of shape and I've found some yoga stretches that help out immensely if anyone has the same problems I do.

    Bound Angle Pose: http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/486
    Half Lord of the Fishes Pose: http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/485
    Head-to-Knee Forward Bend: http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/476

    I noticed an immediate difference, so maybe they can help others loosen up.

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    Thank you.


    Gassho,
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    Practice with humility, respect all beings, avoid attachments, give rise to prajña from your own awareness, put an end to delusions - Hui-neng

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    I feel a bit relieved to watch this video. I always found my hands starting to droop lower as time passed. Putting a cushion or towel to support the mudra is a good idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Thank you! I found this very helpful. My legs are very stiff and out of shape and I've found some yoga stretches that help out immensely if anyone has the same problems I do.

    Bound Angle Pose: http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/486
    Half Lord of the Fishes Pose: http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/485
    Head-to-Knee Forward Bend: http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/476

    I noticed an immediate difference, so maybe they can help others loosen up.
    Thanks for the yoga poses!

    - June

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    Hello,

    This video was pretty useful for me. I kind of learned to meditate mostly online, and also from the rare opporunities to visit meditation centers, but I've never really learned it in a comprehensive way. After watching this video, I tried some of the points outlined, and my meditation experience was a lot better. Less of a struggle, more able to "release". Amazing what a difference posture can make.

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