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    SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: WHAT's NEXT!?!

    Almost each week someone asks me, "What comes next in my practice? How do I deepen it? What should I do now? What book should I read with all the secrets? I feel like something is still missing and that I must do more."

    But how can I respond to such a question when the very heart of this Path is learning to live and be this life radically FREE OF THE NEED FOR 'WHAT'S NEXT', LIBERATED OF 'SOMETHING MORE THAT NEED BE DONE', FULFILLED OF 'ANYTHING MISSING'!

    Oh, don't misunderstand. I typically respond that, together with daily sitting, there are some 'this and thats' that we can do to deepen our practice ... such as another 'Zen Book' to read or 'Zen Talk' to hear, studying a bit more of Buddhist and Zen teachings, attending more retreats, adding more practices such as Samu, Bowing, Chanting, Sewing, studying the Precepts or undertaking a Jukai, learning to bring 'Zazen' off the Zafu and to all aspects of life ... ALL ENRICHING WAYS TO DEEPEN THIS PRACTICE!

    And, though there is "nothing ever missing or in need of adding and doing" ... that does not mean that there are not things to lose, gain or do! Learning to be free of the "need for change" is a REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE ... a change helped along by things we need to do and change, such as learning to be less driven by GREED, ANGER and IGNORANCE! In this crazy-sane practice, we master how to live 'without need for change' by changing some things about us ... including the view that anything is ever in need of change ... thus bringing about an EARTHSHAKING CHANGE in how life is encountered! Oh, a CRAZY-SANE KARMIC KATCH-22!

    However, the fundamental Heart of this Path must remain learning to be so intimately At Home, At One with life ... that there is no need for "what's next" ... no hole to fill as "something missing". Our way to do so is simply to sit Shikantaza, dropping all thought and desire for "what's next" ... all while welcoming and embracing whatever comes next.

    So, please learn ... in one's heart of hearts ... that "what's next" is learning to live freer and freer of "asking and needing, running after or away from 'what's next'"

    I sometimes hear other teachers speak of flavors of Buddhism that promise to liberate us from this world, to encounter states of mind-and-body free of time and space! Many promise to take us from this world or ordinary being to another world or state of being. They seek for such states as "what needs to be done" and (hopefully, if the practice works out) "what's next". I don't much care for such Buddhism.

    That's because this Way of Shikantaza, if properly mastered, liberates us from this world right in this world. Time and space are fully realized, dropped away and found again, in each instant of time and inch of space. Our way takes us from this world of ordinary being ... and leaves us squarely right back in this world of ordinary being ... NOW REVEALED AS ANYTHING BUT 'ORDINARY' ALL ALONG.

    All that, simply by dropping to the marrow 'what's next'.

    'What's next' then turns out to be ...



    'NOTHING ELSE IS NEXT, THUS EVERYTHING IS NEXT!



    Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows at this link. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended

    Last edited by Jundo; 06-21-2013 at 02:49 AM.

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    I need to have this smacked into my feeble mind. Just what I needed to hear. Thank you,Jundo.
    Gassho
    Jeff

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    Thank you Jundo ... no need, just sit.
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    When sitting, just sit
    thanks for the talk jundo
    the way it is

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    Thank you Jundo, this is wonderful.

    Gassho
    Michael
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    Thank you! This is something that I was asking myself just yesterday. After reaching a few small personal goals or in the process of, I thought, "OK, what else can I sink myself into". What's next on the agenda. This sometimes causes a little anxiety and worry. Now, a little more clear.
    Gassho,
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    Hey Jundo, what's your next talk about ???


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    Jundo

    Thank you for the reminder - need more than anything to just sit, it is my luxury.

    gassho

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    Great talk on the "What's next" phenomenon

    Thanks, Jundo.

    Just yesterday I was reading a post by Taigu where he said hope is the other side of fear.

    Krishnamurti talked a lot about the inability of experience to free us or satisfy us.

    How could it, since we, as ego, are just experience? So it is just a case of dissatisfaction in search of more dissatisfaction.

    Gassho,
    Dave
    Last edited by Dave Schauweker; 02-08-2013 at 05:28 PM.

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    This is a teaching I have to always remind myself.
    Thank you Jundo!
    Gassho
    Lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by dharma7154 View Post
    This is a teaching I have to always remind myself.
    Thank you Jundo!
    Gassho
    Lee
    There is no "what's next" ... no place to go and nothing to attain.

    And thus we keep moving forward, each day, diligently toward our goals.

    It is not an either/or thing.

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thanks Jundo!

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    Jundo, Thanks loved this. Just what I needed as I reboot my practice.
    Jukai '08 Dharma Name: Shinko

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    That's indeed a very important lesson and I will keep this as a reminder.

    Gassho,

    Timo
    no thing needs to be added

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    Thanks very much Jundo!!

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    With gratitude for lesson.

    Gassho,
    Edward
    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 will keep this practice too. Many thanks Jundo and much appreciation.

    Deep Deep Bows

    Davi

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    Jundo, I have nothing to offer but an ordinary (but sincere) thank you.

    Gassho
    Matt
    Last edited by Genshin; 06-21-2013 at 07:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    And, though there is "nothing ever missing or in need of adding and doing" ... that does not mean that there are not things to lose, gain or do! Learning to be free of the "need for change" is a REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE ... a change helped along by things we need to do and change, such as learning to be less driven by GREED, ANGER and IGNORANCE! In this crazy-sane practice, we master how to live 'without need for change' by changing some things about us ... including the view that anything is ever in need of change ... thus bringing about an EARTHSHAKING CHANGE in how life is encountered! Oh, a CRAZY-SANE KARMIC KATCH-22!

    However, the fundamental Heart of this Path must remain learning to be so intimately At Home, At One with life ... that there is no need for "what's next" ... no hole to fill as "something missing". Our way to do so is simply to sit Shikantaza, dropping all thought and desire for "what's next" ... all while welcoming and embracing whatever comes next.

    So, please learn ... in one's heart of hearts ... that "what's next" is learning to live freer and freer of "asking and needing, running after or away from 'what's next'"

    Thank you very much for this lesson, Jundo!

    Gassho.

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    YEah!!! great great reminder Jundo! thank you.

    Gassho

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