Sit-a-Long with Jundo -- Fallacies of Awakening, Part I: Dropping Body-mind

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In the coming days, I will be discussing some common fallacies about enlightenment, awakening, satori, and such. Others might disagree with my interpretations, and that is fine; "Enlightenment" is interpreted in different ways in different traditions.

But I like to say that the interpretations I shall offer seem of such value, that I will cherish and keep them even if wrong (which, of course, I do not truly feel they are![Click through for more, and to "sit-a-long" with today's video.]

The first fallacy concerns something particular to the Soto Zen tradition to which I belong, namely, Master Dogen's description of his own awakening as "dropping body-mind."

What does that really mean? Most folks might understandably feel that it must be the attaining of some state of disembodied consciousness. (In fact, there are forms of meditation which attain such disembodied states, but Shikantaza is not one of them). Some might think "dropping body-mind" means somehow completely leaving this world behind rather than -- as I believe -- fully becoming one with this life and world.

To drop away body-mind is to simply and thoroughly drop the mind-body'sdemands/wishes/aversions-attractions/hard categorizing between the self and all that body-mind consider not the self. Thereby, the "self" is put out of a job... the hard walls between self and othersoften or fall... body and mind thus are dropped away as the resistance and separation to "other" is dropped away. Thus, "self" vs. "other" is dropped away... thus "self" and "otherare dropped away.

The way there is radical non-demanding, non-seeking, just sitting ... the Way of no Way.Shikantaza.

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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