NOTICE: OUR MONTHLY 4-HOUR 'LIVE' ZAZENKAI WILL BE HELD ON MAY 9th
In other words ...
single person's sitting a moment of Zazen resonates like a bell through
all space and time, carrying out the Buddha's work throughout the
Universe, in total harmony with all beings and things everywhere.
Practice is our original face brought to life and fruition, and its
value is beyond measure. Not even all the Buddhas in all the Cosmos
could calculate its worth!
If one sits Zazen with such a wholehearted and sincere attitude, tasting that it is so ...
... THEN IT IS SO! A non-self fulfilling prophesy realized!
But, instead, if one sits Zazen with the thought and attitude:
All I am doing is sitting on my backside, doing nothing, dead sitting, a listless, meaningless, killing of time
... THEN THAT IS SO! A sad self-fulfilling prophesy of its own.
if it is only one human being sitting for one moment, thus enters into mystical
co-operation with all dharmas [phenomena of the universe], and completely penetrates all times; and it
therefore performs, within the limitless Universe, the eternal work of the
Buddha's guiding influence in the past, future, and present. [Zazen is equally
the same practice and same enlightenment for both the person sitting and for
all dharmas]. The practice is not confined to the sitting itself; it strikes
space and resonates, [like] ringing that continues before and after a bell. How
could [the practice] be limited to this place? [Not only that, but all things are endowed with
original practice within the original face, which is beyond measure].
Remember, even if the countless buddhas in ten directions, as numerous as the
sands of the Ganges, tried with all their
power and all their buddha-wisdom to calculate or comprehend the merit of one
person's Zazen, they could not even get close. .
From:Bendowa - A Talk about Pursuing the Truth - Nishijima-Cross[with some amendments according to Uchiyama]
(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)
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