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Jundo
04-17-2017, 03:48 AM
Elsewhere on the Interwebs, a fellow who is a bus driver wrote about the disappointments and stresses of life, dealing with his kid troubles and a wife who would never understand if he "meditated." He also was considering a kind of meditation which consisted just of sitting for a minute, following the breath, without much more to it. I offered the following.

A lot of Treeleaf folks would have heard all of this before, just Jundo's typical line of bull. I post it again because it is good to remind myself too.

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Hi,

As the father of a 6 and 14 year old, I can relate. But in the particular flavor of Shikantaza Zazen we Practice, one sits amid and as disturbances ... kids, life pressures, noisy neighbors upstairs, earthquakes (I live in Japan, a lot of earthquakes during my sitting :) ). It is hard to explain, but we can sit Zazen with the kids jumping on us, with eyes open (and attentive to a child in the room to make sure they don't jump on the sofa), with the need to "interrupt" Zazen in the middle for a diaper change (which, in fact, can be tasted as a sacred ritual no different from all the bowing and work in a temple!)

In other words, we sit as the attitude that nothing is lacking, and there can be no "disturbance" except in the thoughts and judgments between our own ears. It takes two to tango with life's disturbances. If you allow and accept "what is", then what "disturbance" even as the child jumps off the sofa right on to your bad back? :nightmare: I often tell new folks that ordinarily we like sunny days for a picnic and get disappointed when it rains and "ruins our day." But if a farmer with crops in the field, we may welcome the rain and be afraid of too much sun. However, the attitude in Shikantaza is very different from both of those: As we sit (and as we bring this same attitude "off the cushion" into the rest of life), rain is just rain, sun is just sun. Each is "just what it is". Each is a "shining jewel" in its way, even when it may disappoint or worry us or bring tears to the eyes. Why is this important?

Well, generally in life we like to be young but not old, we like to be healthy but not sick, we like to win and not lose, we like quiet children but not noisy ones, we like quiet neighbors but not noisy ones, we like to be happy but not sad, we like birth but not death etc etc. The attitude of Zazen is very different: In Sitting, when young just be young, when old just be old ... when healthy just be healthy, when sick just be sick ... winning is just winning, losing just losing ... quiet is just quiet, noise is just noise ... happy times are perfectly happy, sad times are perfectly sad ... etc. Sick children are just sick and our worry about them is just our love and worry, a kind of "peace" even as we are simultaneously worried out of our wits! Life is just life while death is just death, and we can even see beyond "life vs. death" to a Wholeness which sweeps in all coming and going and loss or gain, even at we cry at our loved one's funeral. We can experience life from both ways at once, as one.

Getting up from the cushion, we bring such attitude into all of life. Furthermore, we learn another lesson: That we can experience life such way -AND- try to fix problems at the same time. So, for example, "sick is just sick" and we can allow and even embrace our illness fully, yet "on another channel" go see the doctor and take our medicine to try to get healthy ... we can "be one" with the noise, yet ask our neighbors to "please turn down the stereo for the 10th time or I will call the police" :-( ... we can work hard at our job, yet have "no goal" all at once (as if a bus driver who, trying to get to the end of his route, simultaneously accepts each stop as sacred and complete unto itself, all the traffic and crazy drivers for just what they are, yet proceeds forward as timely and safely as possible to get to the terminal. We might even accept the "disturbing" drunk passengers even as we must deal with them and it is a real PAIN IN THE ASS). We learn to encounter life both ways at once ... moving ahead, yet just here ... dealing with problems, yet "what problem"? http://www.zenforuminternational.org/images/smilies/meditationf-2.gif PAIN IN THE ASS is just this PAIN IN THE ASS, sacred too in its own way.

Anyway, this is not a matter of time or place. Sitting for a minute several times a day on your sofa as if just resting so that nobody sees and the kids can be watched ... just fine if that is what you need to do. Just as valuable "Zazen" as sitting in some pretzel posture is when you "Zazen" when the driver cuts you off, the passenger yells at you, the kids are sick, the neighbors put on the stereo for the 11th time!

As was mentioned, breathing or "following the breath" can itself be a powerful Practice. In fact, when we sit, I recommend that folks "follow the breath" at the start for the first several months (although I ask them slowly to transition back and forth from that to "open awareness", where the object of focus is just the surrounding circumstances of the room without judgment). Breathing is not the issue. The problem (ha!) is that just sitting for a moment following the breath, without all the other "nothing to attain, no other place to go or thing to do, THIS IS IT YIPPEE! http://www.zenforuminternational.org/images/smilies/yahoo.gif" attitude of "Just Sitting" as I describe above means it does not get to the real issue of "disturbance." It seems just like a minute's escape, after which right back to being in a mess.

I don't know how clear my explanation was, but that is why I recommend more to "Zazen" than just breathing meditation for a minute or many other types of meditation that are either very "goal oriented" or meant to just chill for a bit.

Gassho, Jundo

Joyo
04-17-2017, 03:55 AM
Thank you Jundo, good reminder for sure.

Gassho,
Joyo
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Shingen
04-17-2017, 04:02 AM
Thank you Jundo ... yes a good reminder and I do enjoy your typical line of bull, it resonates with me. =)

Gassho
Shingen

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Taiyo
04-17-2017, 08:45 AM
Thank you, Jundo :)

Gassho,
Taiyo

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Kokuu
04-17-2017, 10:46 AM
Not just helpful for bus drivers! Thank you, Jundo.

Gassho
Kokuu
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Billy
04-17-2017, 11:30 AM
Thank you for this teaching.

Gassho,
Billy
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Jyukatsu
04-17-2017, 01:14 PM
gassho2
Thank you Jundo !

Jyūkatsu sat today

Kyonin
04-18-2017, 11:52 AM
Thank you Jundo.

Nope, never bull. Always kindness.

Gassho,

Kyonin
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Washin
04-18-2017, 01:05 PM
Thank you, Jundo gassho2

Gassho
Washin
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Ansan
04-19-2017, 03:29 AM
Thank you, Jundo,

Your line of bull is always a beautiful teaching to behold. Many deep bows.

Gassho,
Ansan

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Jundo
04-19-2017, 05:40 AM
Speaking of bus trips ...

I like to use this image of "Kensho" (Seeing the Nature) in the Soto Practice-Enlightenment way. I feel that it speaks for itself, but it is basically an image of "the whole bus is us, man", all the other passengers and the seats too, and the trip is the arrival, and passengers seem to get on and off but the bus rolls on and on, and all the beautiful and ugly scenes outside are just the trip too when seen with clarity ... and the trip is what we make it, and hangs on whether we encounter it as an endless frustrating trudge in circles getting nowhere or constant arrival ... but it is easy to lose the way and get lost, thus we had best drive carefully!

I hope this is not too "trippy" for ya! http://www.zenforuminternational.org/images/smilies/icon_flower.gif


Different folks approach and define all this in their own way. In our Soto View, some folks way way way overvalue an experience of timelessly momentary "Kensho" ... as the be all and end all (beyond being or ending) of "Enlightenment" ... and chase after it like some gold ring on the merry go round. For Soto folks, that is like missing the point of the trip. For Soto Folks, when we realize such ... every moment of the Buddha-Bus trip, the scenery out the windows (both what we encounter as beautiful and what appears ugly), the moments of good health and moments of passing illness, the highway, the seats and windows, all the other passengers on the Bus who appear to be riding with us, when we board and someday when we are let off ... the whole Trip ... is all the Buddha-Bus, all Enlightenment and Kensho, all the "destination" beyond "coming" or "going" or "getting there", when realized as such (Kensho). This ride is what we make it.

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Most folks just don't pierce that fact and are lost in delusion about the Nature of the trip. Most sentient being "passengers" on this ride just don't realize that, feeling homesick, car sick, separated from all the other passengers, revolted or attracted to what they see ... filling the whole trip with thoughts of greed and anger, spoiling the journey, making a mess of the bus and harming themselves and the other riders, unhappy until they get to the "promised destination" somewhere down the road. They may even get to the Grand Canyon, snap a picture and buy a sovenier, then wonder "is that all it is"? They do not realize is that the whole trip is WHAT IS! The wheels on the Buddha-Bus go round and round. :)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFHBfFAmcbc

Gassho, J

Onkai
04-19-2017, 09:58 PM
Thank you, Jundo, this was very helpful.

Gassho
Onkai
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Catherine
04-23-2017, 10:34 PM
Thank you Jundo. Needed that reminder.
Gassho
Cathy
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Geika
04-23-2017, 10:46 PM
One of the few times I experienced kensho was on a bus. All the people were my family, suddenly, but no one else seemed to realize the joke. I just started laughing by myself.

Gassho, sat today

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Getchi
04-25-2017, 03:13 AM
Than you Jundo, I'll read this whenever I feel lost "even while still whole and already arrived"

Today I realized I'm a bus driver too!


Ge off
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Kenshou
04-25-2017, 12:04 PM
Thank you so much for this teaching.

Gassho
Patrick
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Ryudo
05-06-2017, 09:33 PM
Thank you.

Gassho
Marcus
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Margherita
06-02-2017, 10:29 AM
Thank you for the advice! I will pin this thread, I may need to read it again at tougher times.

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Taiyo
06-02-2017, 11:09 AM
You're not alone, Mags. I love this one and I pinned it down when I first read it to visit it every now and then :)

Gassho,
Taiyo

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