Master Dogen continues to tell us that "Zazen" ( that's Zen meditation ) is all we need ... enlightenment itself ...
that means we don't need to bother with all that other Buddhist stuff
... like burning incense, ringing bells, bowing, chanting, worrying
about the Precepts or even reading Buddhist books. All we need is
Zazen, sitting on our cushion.
But ya know
... we are always working on a few different ways of seeing things
here. So, at other times, Dogen reminds us, we think of Zazen 'Zen
Meditation' in its wider meaning ... namely, all of life. At
those times, 'Zen Meditation' also means burning incense, ringing
bells, bowing, chanting, worrying about the Precepts or even reading
Each action is, in that moment, 'Zen Meditation', and in that moment, all we need, a perfect act, the place to be.
See how that goes?
it is true for all our lives ... making breakfast for the kids, typing
on the keyboard at work, paying the gas bill, washing the supper dishes
... all 'Zen Meditation' in its wider meaning ...
... and in that moment, all we need, a perfect act, the place to be.
In China, although scriptures were
continuously introduced and spread since the later Han dynasty (first century
BCE), still no one could determine which was most essential. After the First
Ancestor came from the West, the roots of the entanglements were cut, and the
one buddha-dharma pervaded. We cannot help but yearn for this to happen in our
country as well. For all ancestors and buddhas who have been dwelling in and
maintaining buddha-dharma, practicing upright sitting in jijuyu zanmai [the samadhi, the still
abiding taste of the self in self-fulfillment]
true path for opening up enlightenment. Both in India and in China, those who have
attained enlightenment have followed this way. This is because each teacher and
each disciple has been intimately and correctly transmitting this subtle method
and receiving and maintaining its true spirit. According to the unmistakenly
handed-down tradition, the straightforward buddha-dharma that has been simply
transmitted is supreme among the supreme. From the time you begin practicing
with a teacher, the practices of incense burning, bowing, nembutsu, repentance,
and reading sutras are not at all essential; just sit, dropping off body and
From:Talk on the Wholehearted Practice of the Way -
Kosho Uchiyama (with Shohaku Okumura, Taigen Daniel Leighton)
(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)
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