SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fukanzazengi LXIV

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Just sitting, in the universe as-it-is ... untouched by restrictions, hindrances, obstructions or distractions ...



That means all obstructions of any kind, both humankind and nature's beauty or ugliness.




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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Remains of Buddha Statute from Temple at 'Ground Zero', Atomic Bombing, Hiroshima, 1945
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