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Jundo
12-04-2017, 03:01 AM
Hey Guys,

A lot of waiting in waiting rooms this past month, waiting for the big pronouncements from the doctors. Three wondrous Practices have help me sit here ...

... Just Sitting Shikantaza, as What Is, in Peace, Wholeness, Equanimity, letting All Flow through and as one ... nothing more needed, nothing to "wait" for which is not already fully present ...

... Metta (Loving Kindness) for the other patients sitting here ... for all suffering Sentient Beings (you and me too) ...


May they be free of suffering; may they feel safe and still.
May they be free of enmity; may they be loving, grateful and kind.
May they be healthy and at ease in all their ills.
May they be at peace, embracing all conditions of life

... and Tonglen (Giving and Receiving), a Tibetan Practice that has become popular in many Zen Sangha in the West. The aim is to transform, through visualization, the human way we encounter difficulties into the way a symbolic Bodhisattva would approach them with openness, forgiveness and compassion. The basic instruction is simply to breathe in the suffering of others and breathe out love and joy. As my friend Kokuu says, "Giving and Receiving is not a magical or mystical practice and we are not actually breathing in the suffering of others (although if you could, would you hesitate?) but transforming our own mind and heart. We find that we have boundless capacity to take in the poisons of the world, and boundless capacity to send forth goodness. The more negativity that can be taken in, the more peace and goodness there is to breathe out into the world."

Sitting in this waiting room today with about 50 other cancer patients, many much worse off than I am right now, it eases the heart in shared condition, Compassion and even Joy hoped for all of us.

Here is a little talk on this ...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qdaN069IsQ

Gassho, J SatTodayLAH

Troy
12-04-2017, 03:56 AM
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Shingen
12-04-2017, 03:57 AM
Thank you again my dear teacher for this wonderful teaching ... with you all the way during your appointment. And thank you to Kokuu for sharing the practice of Tonglen and helping everyone, including our Jundo is this time of uncertainty. Much love and metta.

Deep bows
Shingen

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Meitou
12-04-2017, 07:52 AM
Sat with you today
Deepest of bows
Frankie

Seishin
12-04-2017, 08:04 AM
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Eishuu
12-04-2017, 09:30 AM
Thank you Jundo. Sitting with you. gassho2

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Lucy
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aprapti
12-04-2017, 09:58 AM
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Kokuu
12-04-2017, 03:04 PM
So glad to hear that tonglen is helping you, Jundo! This is exactly the kind of place it comes into its own.

I hope that the docs had good news and a fine plan.

Gassho
Kokuu
-satttoday/lah-

Jundo
12-04-2017, 03:21 PM
Some folks wrote to ask what the doctor finally recommended. Thank you.

I will talk about it more soon, but it comes down to removing a good part of the esophagus and 1/3 of the stomach, and stitching things back together. They may add a few lymph nodes, and a touch of chemotherapy for desert, depending on what they find when they go in.

I understand that this is a pretty standard recommendation for what I have.

I am still good with it. :encouragement:

Heading to bed now, more soon. Thank you all for the good words and feelings.

Gassho, J

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misa.myro
12-04-2017, 03:48 PM
Thank you. I hope you recover soon.

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Michaela
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Hoko
12-04-2017, 04:19 PM
Thank you for the teachings.
May you continue to be at peace throughout this process and may you recover fully.

Gassho,
Hōkō
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Shingen
12-04-2017, 04:23 PM
Thank you for the update Jundo ... glad to hear things are still on a positive track. =)

Gassho
Shingen

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Kokuu
12-04-2017, 05:21 PM
That all sounds pretty standard, Jundo, although that is not to say it won't be painful!

Good to hear that have it all under control.

Gassho
Kokuu
-sattoday/lah-

Eishuu
12-04-2017, 05:49 PM
Thanks for the update. Glad there's a good plan in place. Much metta.

Gassho
Lucy
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Washin
12-04-2017, 06:27 PM
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Gassho,
Washin
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Risho
12-04-2017, 06:52 PM
Always teaching no matter the circumstances - that's a damned Roshi!

Thank you Jundo - as always much metta your way

Gassho

Rish
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Seishin
12-04-2017, 07:19 PM
Simply thank you.

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Shokai
12-04-2017, 07:32 PM
Thank you for the teaching of this episode. As I said earlier, You learn life intimately at the Cancer Clinic. You see folks far worse off and are given a chance to practice empathy and compassion. As serious as this matter is, be with the experience and enjoy the dance.

deep bows
gassho, Shokai

sat/LAH

Troy
12-04-2017, 07:43 PM
Thank you for the update.


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Rakurei
12-04-2017, 08:05 PM
Thanks, J.

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Onkai
12-04-2017, 11:09 PM
Thank you, Jundo, for the teaching of how to practice in any situation and also for keeping us updated. gassho2

Gassho,
Onkai
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Kyonin
12-04-2017, 11:43 PM
Thank you for this teaching and update, Roshi.

Sitting, chanting and wishing with all my heart for you.

Gassho,

Kyonin
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Judith del Carmen
12-05-2017, 12:31 AM
Un grande, largo y fuerte abrazo Jundo
Gassho

Jinyo
12-05-2017, 12:56 AM
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zeeman
12-06-2017, 07:52 AM
Gassho Jundo. Thank you. A wonderful way.
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Kotei
12-06-2017, 08:22 AM
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Meishin
12-06-2017, 05:25 PM
Thank you, Jundo. In this heart every day.

Gassho
Meishin
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Byokan
12-11-2017, 08:12 PM
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