SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fukanzazengi XLIV

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Today's "SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO" is, beyond doubt, THE MOST ENLIGHTENING EVER ...

Master Dogen proclaimed that "Zazen is Enlightenment itself" ...

Just crossing the legs, straightening the back, and all's done.

The prize is given, the trophy awarded, merely by walking through the Zendo door.

There is truly nothing to seek, nothing more to attain ... that's it!

But, don't assume that "nothing to attain" means "nothing shall be attained"

Though the prize is right in hand, one must learn to see it as such.

Here's a clue: It's not merely some lazy 'not bothering to seek' ...

Nor is it an 'it's all nonsense, there's nothing to seek' ...

It is, instead, the profound, from the deepest heart, Non-Seeking & No Seeker.

Usually on the place where we sit we spread a thick mat, on top of which we use a round cushion. Either sit in the full lotus posture or sit in the half lotus posture. To sit in the full lotus posture, first put the right foot on the left thigh, then put the left foot on the right thigh. To sit in the half lotus posture, just press the left foot onto the right thigh. Let clothing hang loosely and make it neat. Then place the right hand over the left foot, and place the left hand on the right palm. The thumbs meet and support each other. Just sit upright, not leaning to the left, inclining to the right, slouching forward, or arching backward. It is vital that the ears vis-a-vis the shoulders, and the nose vis-a-vis the navel, are directed away from each other. Let the tongue spread against the roof of the mouth. Let the lips and teeth come together. The eyes should be kept open. Let the breath pass imperceptibly through the nose. [NISHIJIMA]

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