Today we begin "Zazen for Beginners." Because we're always beginners.
We'll talk the basics of "Just Sitting" Shikantaza Zazen... There's a bit more to "Just Sitting" than "just sittingaround."
In a series of talks over the coming days, I will discuss this and that about"Just Sitting," which has much to do with dropping thoughts of "this" and "that." I'll talk about where you can expect to "go" in your practice, and what you can expect to attain, which is, of course ...
ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE AND NOTHING!
Don't think, however, that not thinking of "attaining" means that a treasure is not attained.
And freeing our "self" of all need to get somewhere can be truly getting somewhere.
These talks are meant for beginners in "Just Sitting" Shikantaza Zazen and newcomers toTreeleaf Sangha. Shikantaza is our central practice at Treeleaf. But I hope that both new folks and old timers will watch. We are all, of course, ever beginning now and now and now, with"Beginner's Mind."
Click through here to see today's talk, and to "sit-a-long":
Let's start by seeing the mind as like a noisy kitchen blender... filled with all kinds of rattlin' stuff.
Let it settle!
Here's today's Sit-A-Long video.
(Using headphones? Do note that there is loud noise at times in this video!)