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    My Zazen Challenge

    Like everyone, sometimes I develop a bad habit of not sitting. I've decided that instead of looking for excuses I am instead going to make a commitment, a vow (to myself and to all beings) to sit every day for one entire year. Rain or shine, healthy or sick, I can sit Zazen for at the very least 10 minutes a day. Thanks to Jundo I even know how to sit in the event I catch the flu!

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forum/viewto...p=64281#p64281

    I'll update every so often so that I might be held accountable by the sangha and of course if anyone wants to take this challenge with me, I'd welcome the company.

    _/_

    Jigetsu

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    May all beings be happy! 23/365
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    May all beings be free from pain and sorrow! 24/365
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    Treeleaf Unsui/Engineer Kyonin's Avatar
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    It's the Universe. It's reality. I just sit, even when not sitting.

    You guys inspire me.

    Thank you.
    Please remember I am only a priest in training. I could be wrong in everything I say. Slap me if needed.

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Mr. Spock

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    Happy Fathers' Day! 25/365
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    Happy Monday! 26/365
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khalil Bodhi View Post
    Happy Monday! 26/365
    Excellent!
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    53, I think. Got a little sloppy in my practice last week.

    But here we are!

    Jen
    The result is not the point; it is the effort to improve ourselves that is valuable. There is no end to this practice. --Shunryu Suzuki

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    28/365...I think I missed a post somehow.
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khalil Bodhi View Post
    28/365...I think I missed a post somehow.
    One cannot possibly miss a post even though we might miss a post. Thus, you should diligently and sincerely seek to post in this thread each day, never missing a single post.

    One cannot possibly miss a sit even though we might miss a sit. Thus, you should diligently and sincerely seek to sit each day, never missing a single sit.

    Thus, we are challenged to keep sitting and make the sitting real in life, even as there is no "we" to challenge and the sitting is ever already sat!

    Such is the "My Zazen Challenge" Koan

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    29/365...

    Rev. Jundo,

    Great koan, now can someone tell me what it means... Just kidding. Anyway, during today's sleeping sit the story of the man who preferred fake dragons to real one keep repeating itself in my head. Sometimes I wonder if I'm romanticizing zazen...Metta to all!

    Gassho,

    Mike
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    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    One cannot possibly miss a post even though we might miss a post. Thus, you should diligently and sincerely seek to post in this thread each day, never missing a single post.

    One cannot possibly miss a sit even though we might miss a sit. Thus, you should diligently and sincerely seek to sit each day, never missing a single sit.

    Thus, we are challenged to keep sitting and make the sitting real in life, even as there is no "we" to challenge and the sitting is ever already sat!

    Such is the "My Zazen Challenge" Koan
    When we practice we sit even when we can't.


    Gassho
    Please remember I am only a priest in training. I could be wrong in everything I say. Slap me if needed.

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Mr. Spock

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    Been a rough few weeks

    37/25/365
    Gassho,
    Kaishin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaishin View Post
    Been a rough few weeks

    37/25/365
    Make sure you read Jundo's post above...rough weeks are practice too and shouldn't be counted as missed days, in my opinion at least...not to suck up to the teacher or anything.

    Gassho,
    Dosho
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    With your help and guidance from Jundo & Taigu
    I am learning, but please take what I say with a
    grain of salt, especially in matters of the Dharma.

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    I guess this zazen challenge is as good as any. Count me in. So far I'm 0/365.

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    I think I'm at something like 56/8/365.

    Or maybe it's 1/1/10,000.

    Fuzzy math.

    Gassho

    Jen
    The result is not the point; it is the effort to improve ourselves that is valuable. There is no end to this practice. --Shunryu Suzuki

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    1/365 It was much needed. For some reason I woke up stressed out and angry...

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    30/365...good night everyone!
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    31/365...Good morning everyone!
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    32/365...no coffee zazen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khalil Bodhi View Post
    32/365...no coffee zazen.
    Nice!

    27/365
    真 眼

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

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    -4/365 but back on track this am
    gassho, Shokai, still learning the way and knowing nothing
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    Just another itinerant monk; go somewhere else to listen to someone who really knows.

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    On my new zafu, 1/365 - 1/1. Next sit, California! (Starting over, or just beginning, or always just beginning!)
    _/\_
    Jigetsu

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    3/365 although the last two were fairly short.

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    33/365...broiling mind-body zazen...I almost couldn't keep myself on my zabuton...
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    23/365 since June 3, not easy to sit daily but so far so good
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    P.S. Yup, I know, my English sucks

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    39/27/365 ..
    Gassho,
    Kaishin

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    Sorry, I am late to this thread. I have been traveling and my sitting has been...well,lax.
    1/365
    Jeff

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    4/365 Watched the zazenkai. Nice to see I'm not the only one that meditates in the midst of a crazy two year old...

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    34/365...not enough sleep zazen.
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    2/365

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    35/365...trying not to get caught up in the idea of a good sit...

    Gassho
    __/\__
    Mike
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    36/365...seeing the dukkha in the impulse to add or take away from just this...

    Gassho
    __/\__
    Mike
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    ...seeing the dukkha in the impulse to add or take away from just this...
    ... is Truly Seeing ...

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    7/365 I'm going to be the best meditator ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catfish View Post
    7/365 I'm going to be the best meditator ever!
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by catfish View Post
    7/365 I'm going to be the best meditator ever!

    Go Team Catfish! Knock 'em dead!
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    Days 3 & 4/365. Ain't nothing to this.
    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by wellfed View Post
    Days 3 & 4/365. Ain't nothing to this.
    Actually, there is nothing to this.

    Gassho,
    Dosho
    Shudo Dosho - Ordained Priest-in-Training
    With your help and guidance from Jundo & Taigu
    I am learning, but please take what I say with a
    grain of salt, especially in matters of the Dharma.

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    37/365...trying to stay with whatever arises and receive it with gratitude.

    Gassho
    __/\__
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    38/365...

    Gassho
    __/\__
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    5 & 6/365
    Gassho
    Jeff

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    9/356 wooo!

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    39/365...

    Gassho
    __/\__
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183

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    7 & 8/365
    Gassho

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    44/2/365 (sat/missed/Goal)

    Not sure how to report once we've missed. While I was out on travel I had two days where I simply could not work it into my schedule. I insta'd a couple times (not much else to do on an airplane).

    My trip really threw off my sitting mojo for a bit. Lots of stormy clouds and strong desire to get off the pillow. This past week I've been a little bit more in the groove. I still cannot get past 20 minutes before my legs are very asleep and it gets quite uncomfortable, but I am going to try to push it to 25 minutes starting tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richss View Post
    44/2/365 (sat/missed/Goal)

    Not sure how to report once we've missed. While I was out on travel I had two days where I simply could not work it into my schedule. I insta'd a couple times (not much else to do on an airplane).

    My trip really threw off my sitting mojo for a bit. Lots of stormy clouds and strong desire to get off the pillow. This past week I've been a little bit more in the groove. I still cannot get past 20 minutes before my legs are very asleep and it gets quite uncomfortable, but I am going to try to push it to 25 minutes starting tomorrow.
    I have written this here before


    One cannot possibly miss a sit even though we might miss a sit. Thus, you should diligently and sincerely seek to sit each day, never missing a single sit.

    Thus, we are challenged to keep sitting and make the sitting real in life, even as there is no "we" to challenge and the sitting is ever already sat!

    Such is the "My Zazen Challenge" Koan


    Also, it is not about how long or short one sits, and is truly beyond time ... although it is good to sit longer if you can.

    Counter-intuitive perhaps, but if you sit longer, trying harder to get somewhere or to get something ... it is not Shikantaza.

    If you sit, diligently and sincerely, beyond long or short, trying hard with nowhere to get, dropping to the marrow all need to get ... one truly gets somewhere, and it is Shikantaza.


    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    9/365.....

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    12/365 only 353 more til I re-set my counter!

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    Re-set? Wait...what?...you mean were supposed to keep doing this?

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