SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fukanzazengi LXII

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Like fine Japanese carpentry, Zazen is a learnable skill of body-mind. It is mastered through years of observing and practice.

But unlike many skills we have a desire to master, mastery of this skill comes by radically dropping all goals of mastery ... including dropping the goal to master the dropping of goals.


Learning this dropping is helped along with the guidance of teachers, but ultimately, it is mastered by our own doing ...

... by doing that is non-doing.
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Thus, Master Dogen stated that Zazen is not learning Zen, nor seeking to practice Zen ... it is immediate practice-experience, practice-realization ... known only in the act itself.

Learning this skill is hard, I think, only when we try to attain non-attaining.

But when we thoroughly stop trying to attain non-attaining, non-attaining is easily attained.




What is called sitting-Zen is not learning Zen meditation. It is just a peaceful and effortless gate to reality. It is practice-and-experience which perfectly realizes the Buddha's enlightenment. The Universe is realized, untouched by restrictions or hindrances. To grasp this meaning is to be like a dragon that has found water, or like a tiger before a mountain stronghold. Remember, true reality is naturally manifesting itself before us, and gloom and distraction vanish at a stroke. [NISHIJIMA]


The zazen I speak of is not meditation practice. It is simply the dharma gate of joyful ease, the practice-realization of totally culminated enlightenment. It is the koan realized; traps and snares can never reach it. If you grasp the point, you are like a dragon gaining the water, like a tiger taking to the mountains. For you must know that the true dharma appears of itself, so that from the start dullness and distraction are struck aside. [SZTP]

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