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



    Continuing our series “Zazen for Beginners” (because we’re always beginners) ...

    Here’s a basic perspective of Buddhism:

    Our mind creates conflict and separation from this life/world because our mind is constantly filled with thoughts dividing this from that, worries and “what if’s“, desires and “if only’s,” judgments of good and bad and high and low, resistance to situations, fears for the future and regrets about the past … all kinds of junk in the mental trunk. In this way, our “self” creates an image of itself separate from, and in frequent conflict with life, the world, everything it considers “not itself” (and even conflict with its image of itself too!)

    It is (as the old joke goes) a lot like your self mentally banging yourself with a hammer … Cause it is such a relief when you stop!

    Reverse the process … drop the dividing thoughts, the fears and worries, judgments, the likes and dislikes, ideas of past-present-future, resistance and the rest … and all conflicts and separation drop away too. The self is no longer in conflict and isolated from all that it sees as “not the self” … the war is over … and (depending on how much those borders soften or fully drop away) this ’world-life-self-not self-reality’ is known and experienced in very special way(s) too.

    Thus, in Shikantaza ‘Just Sitting’ Zazen we sit … allowing thoughts of this, that, past, future and all the rest to drift out of mind.

    The hammer is put down.



    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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    Thank you.
    Neika / Ian Adams

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    Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil. --Dogen

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    I need to hear this today, you have no idea how much I needed to hear this!! And now, I go and do zazen, thank you.

    with metta,
    Treena

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    Thank you! That was great.

    Rick

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    Hee hee! Yes, I remember a lot of hammering in my head like that! Thank you for the kind reminder!

    Ajin
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    Thank you for this lesson Jundo. During my sitting today I could not help but to picture myself with my finger on the blender while hammering away at my skull with my other hand. But in the end I did arise from my zazen practice with a smile on my face .

    For those little moments in between...

    Josh

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    Thank you for this talk, Jundo. It has helped me tremendously with "just sitting shikantaza" and understanding what exactly that means--on and off the cushion.

    Deep bows to you,
    Joyo

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    Gassho


    ..sat2day•

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    Sunyatta
    Gassho

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    Hey! I sat today, but what on earth am I supposed to do with my eyes? It seems easier to simply close them, but I am to keep them half open? How can I do that? In the practice this morning, I focused my eyes on the tip of my nose, but was that the correct way to do it? I was able to concentrate on my breath, at least..
    In Gassho..
    Andrew sat today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew View Post
    Hey! I sat today, but what on earth am I supposed to do with my eyes? It seems easier to simply close them, but I am to keep them half open? How can I do that? In the practice this morning, I focused my eyes on the tip of my nose, but was that the correct way to do it? I was able to concentrate on my breath, at least..
    In Gassho..
    Andrew sat today.
    Hello Andrew,

    Thank you for your question. Typically we have our eyes slightly closed (naturally and not forced) and our gaze is at a 45 degree angle in front of us. Try to allow your gaze to be vast and not fixed on anything. Here are a couple threads that might give you some more help. =)

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...light=position and http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...light=position.

    Gassho
    Shingen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingen View Post
    Hello Andrew,

    Thank you for your question. Typically we have our eyes slightly closed (naturally and not forced) and our gaze is at a 45 degree angle in front of us. Try to allow your gaze to be vast and not fixed on anything. Here are a couple threads that might give you some more help. =)

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...light=position and http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...light=position.

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday
    Thank you so much for these links, Shingen!
    In gassho,
    Andrew
    I sat today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew View Post
    Hey! I sat today, but what on earth am I supposed to do with my eyes? It seems easier to simply close them, but I am to keep them half open? How can I do that? In the practice this morning, I focused my eyes on the tip of my nose, but was that the correct way to do it? I was able to concentrate on my breath, at least..
    In Gassho..
    Andrew sat today.
    Hi Andrew,

    We keep our eyes half or 1/3 open as our Practice does not close off the world. We had a recent thread on this that may clarify how to see this.

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...l=1#post162390

    (I see Shingen beat me to it! )

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

    #SAT TODAY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Hi Andrew,

    We keep our eyes half or 1/3 open as our Practice does not close off the world. We had a recent thread on this that may clarify how to see this.

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...l=1#post162390

    (I see Shingen beat me to it! )

    Gassho, Jundo
    Thank you so much, Jundo! I'll try this technique when I sit zazen before bed ( I tried the half lotus.. i could only focus on my own discomfort.. I'll just keep using the computer chair for the time being). Thank you!
    In gassho,
    Andrew
    I sat today.

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