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    Non-Sitting Sitting

    Hello friends,

    I've had a heck of a time the last two weeks dealing with a "no one knows where it came from" leg infection. Today they had to cut on me a little and now I'm supposed to elevate my leg for the next 2 days. How does one sit zazen when one can't really sit?

    Gassho,
    Philip

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    Re: Non-Sitting Sitting

    Quote Originally Posted by Philip
    Hello friends,

    I've had a heck of a time the last two weeks dealing with a "no one knows where it came from" leg infection. Today they had to cut on me a little and now I'm supposed to elevate my leg for the next 2 days. How does one sit zazen when one can't really sit?

    Gassho,
    Philip
    Like this ... as the Old Fellow did when he was not up to snuff ...



    ... or with one's leg elevated ... or however one is sitting, standing or flying through the air!

    We sit with what is ... which means, when sick, sometimes reclining or the like. When aching, nose blowing, sneezing, coughing ... just ache, nose blow, sneeze and cough, for each is perfectly Zazen when understood as such. Each sneeze is a perfect "ah choo!". Every moan is a kind of sacred chant. The whole universe is wondrously blowing its little nose when appreciated as such! I have spoken about this a couple of times, most recently when the flu put me down for some days.

    We sit with what is ... with conditions just as they are, nothing to add or take away, reject or run toward. That is Shikantaza Zazen.

    We embrace what is, reject none of it and judge none of it ... even as we take our medicine.

    I sometimes describe the attitude toward poor health and the like as acceptance sans acceptance - precisely blending both views. Imagine a man or woman who, facing an illness, perhaps some cancer, accepts the condition fully - yet fights the good fight for a cure. We need not feel anger within at the natural state which is the disease, we can accept within that all life is impermanent and that death and sickness are just the reality ... but still we might search for the healing medicine, struggling without for health and life. We can know that within and without are not two.

    Your condition is perfectly that condition when all resistance is dropped ... drop all resistance even as we resist (yes, it is a kind of schizophrenic viewpoint ... but a very healthy kind of schizophrenia :? :cry: )

    Attaining such an attitude of "nothing whatsoever about the condition in need of change" is attaining a tremendous change of attitude ... even as we continue to take our medicine and try to get healthy.

    Gassho, Jundo

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    Re: Non-Sitting Sitting

    Jundo, that meant more to me then I can express. With all the advise and even some amount of fear (from me) on this situation, you've managed to put things in a way that I both understand, and realize I need to start doing. I'm so very grateful for finding Treeleaf!

    Super Gassho!
    Philip

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    Re: Non-Sitting Sitting

    Here, I found a picture of the Buddha with his leg elevated for you ... so I guess it is kosher ... 8)


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