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Jundo
10-25-2010, 02:03 PM
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41T%2BDfDp7aL._SL500_AA300_.jpg A frequent visitor to our Sangha gifted us with a lovely post ... on Zazen and choices ... on "sitting with" questions ...


Zazen is compass-ionate

Yes, folks, indeed it is.

Take what is tumultuous, sit it down in zazen
Like a true compass, zazen points
And in that pointing, all directions thereby are known

Take what is submerged, sit it down in zazen
Like a bubble of air, tugging toward ‘up’
No amount of being rolled around by life’s undertow
Can mask the fact
‘Up’ is ‘up’

zazen, if not now, in this lifetime, then when?

I do not feel that Zazen will always allow us to know the "one correct choice" to make at a life crossroads, the "one right answer" to every life problem. But it sure will point us in the right direction of good answers and choices ... toward more helpful, healthful, more peaceful, wise and compassionate choices free of anger, greed, selfishness. The silence and open space of Zazen allows our heart a moment of calm in which to settle on a course, free of self destructive impulses and biases.

As well, whatever choice we make ... no matter whether it later turns out to have been the "right choice" or a "wrong choice" ... this Practice let's us experience that that is just where we are then, where we stand. That is just our life, the place is just what is, and we simply keep moving on from there.

(sorry about the sound ... but it is raining cats and dogs outside)

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gL3H9jwVLQ[/video]]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gL3H9jwVLQ (http://[video=youtube_share;9gL3H9jwVLQ)

Jinyu
10-25-2010, 04:22 PM
Thank you for this talk Jundo!
For showing us that zazen can be a compass that help us and that in our life full of crossroads "the precepts can arise in us"... and pointing us the beautiful compassionate path that appears under our feets!

deep gassho,
Jinyu
ps: even the teacup rings... :)

Beryl
10-25-2010, 06:43 PM
Many thanks for your postings. They are a source of inspiration and encouragement for me. Beryl

Shohei
10-26-2010, 12:36 AM
Thank you very much!

Gassho
Shohei

Shokai
10-26-2010, 09:37 AM
arigato

gassho, Richard

Byokan
09-24-2015, 04:44 PM
Thank you Jundo gassho2

Gassho
Lisa
sat today

Poe
09-24-2015, 05:58 PM
Thanks!
_/l\_

Risho
09-24-2015, 06:55 PM
gassho2

I totally missed this gem. Thank you Lisa for bringing it back!

Gassho,

Risho
-sattoday

Jundo
09-25-2015, 02:03 AM
And, you can see how far the video capabilities have come since then! Looks like I was netcasting on Mars! :)

Gassho, J

SatToday

Shingen
09-25-2015, 04:04 AM
Looks like I was netcasting on Mars! :)

We can call it one of the golden oldies. =)

Gassho
Shingen

#sattoday

Geika
09-25-2015, 05:15 AM
I was also thinking, "Wow, we have such a nice camera now!"

Sat today, gassho

Onkai
04-04-2016, 02:54 AM
gassho2Thank you, Jundo.

Gassho,
Onkai
SatToday

Gokai
04-04-2016, 04:53 PM
Thank you, Jundo.

Very interesting teaching.

Gassho, David

Sattoday

Tairin
04-04-2016, 10:49 PM
Thank you for this one Jundo. I often wondered what it means to sit with something This talk explains it well. Don't dwell on it. Don't attach to it. Just let it be and clarity will come.

Gassho
Warren
Sat yesterday and will sit today