SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fukanzazengi XXXIX

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This was unplanned. So much of life is unplanned. We are traveling today, and My wife and I do not feel well suddenly (a touch of the stomach bug). When the Buddha was not well, he would recline, as in the picture below.

So, I will do today's Zazen lying down, just as the words say ...

Abandon all involvements. Give the myriad things a rest. Do not think of good and bad. Do not care about right and wrong. Stop the driving movement of mind, will, consciousness. Cease intellectual consideration through images, thoughts, and reflections. Do not aim to become a buddha. How could it be connected with sitting or lying down? [Nishijima]

Put aside all involvements and suspend all affairs. Do not think "good" or "bad." Do not judge true or false. Give up the operations of mind, intellect, and consciousness; stop measuring with thoughts, ideas, and views. Have no designs on becoming a Buddha. How could that be limited to sitting or lying down? [SZTP]



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