Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen in a Nutshell

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In connection with Shambhala Sun's new "How to Meditate" issue, I'm often asked to describe Shikantaza Zazen in a nutshell. Well, perhaps the simplest and most basic instructions for Zazen are neatly summarized in the verse "Faith in Mind," traditionally attributed to the Third Patriarch in China, Sengcan:

The Way of the supreme is not difficult,
If only people will give up preferences.
Like not, dislike not.
Be illuminated....
If you want to see Truth,
Call no life experience favorable or unfavorable....
There is nothing lacking, and nothing in excess.
Only the discriminating mind
Renders the All-Roundedness not whole....

Sit without likes and dislikes, aversions and attractions... even amid likes and dislikes. [Click through for more, and to "sit-a-long" with today's video.] 

Sit serenely in an action that is whole and complete, unhindered by the conditions of life, allowing all to be. One is spacious and content, unattached and ungrasping.

A simple, elegant, vibrant and complete practice.

Today's Sit-A-Long video follows. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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