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11-18-2011, 02:28 PM
http://www.ignca.nic.in/coilnet/images/jtk2/big/bjtk086a.jpg This picture from a temple in India is said to be the aged Buddha not feeling so well. In other images, the Buddha would recline when ill ... an excellent way to "lay" Zazen when one can't get out of bed ...


Our Xin Xin Ming today speaks of moments of freedom and clarity which can come even amid the murkiness, uncertainty and fear of being sick ...

Obey the nature of things,
and you will walk freely and undisturbed.
When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden,
for everything is murky and unclear,
and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness.
What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations?

PS - Unlike America, they don't use anesthesia for colonoscopies in Japan ... in case you were wondering ... :)

Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows at this link. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended


11-18-2011, 02:52 PM

Thank you for this teaching...and much metta to all those ill in health...

...as well as a quick smile or giggle when you can manage it. ;)


11-18-2011, 08:18 PM
Thank you, Jundo. Very timely as I have a family member recovering from cancer surgery. Definitely needed the laugh!


11-19-2011, 04:36 AM
I think you may have removed the last excuse for not doing zazen. Chuckle included to make it easier to remember. Price of admission accomplished. Gassho Shogen

11-19-2011, 05:54 AM
It did make me laugh. :D The vacuum was an excellent touch!

11-19-2011, 06:09 AM
I was floored when you said you did zazen while getting a colonoscopy! Not because of the obvious distraction involved..but because about 4 or 5 years ago I had done the exact same thing. Well, not exactly. I had a "virtual" (felt pretty real to me) colonoscopy where they put a balloon (which I was sure was the size of a Macy's Day parade inflatable) in the backdoor and then slide you into an MRI unit and scan you for what felt like an eternity. This was a situation where I'd rather not be able to say "Been there, done that!"



Now the dilemma of which quote to use...guess I'll use both.

The original:
"To infinity...and beyond!"

and the equally apt:
"To boldly go where no man has gone before!"


PS - Posted now up to Poodcast...

11-19-2011, 08:36 AM
Gassho :)

11-20-2011, 03:35 AM
Thank you Jundo

11-21-2011, 05:18 PM
This teaching is a reminder for me that even when sick I can still sit and flow with life.

Thank you, Jundo Sensei.

11-21-2011, 05:45 PM
Thank you Jundo! You definitely gave me a laugh :wink: ! I find a sense of humor helps a lot of things in life.

Gassho and smiles to all going through health concerns right now,


11-22-2011, 03:28 AM
Hilariously funny & seriously profound all in one! Quite a pleasure to sit along with.
May all those who are ill in health find those precious moments of refuge in laughter and equanimity _/_

11-22-2011, 11:20 AM
The props are getting better and better with each episode :)
Thank you for the teaching.

11-22-2011, 11:29 AM

Thank you for this recreation of a forgettable moment :D I have so far avoided this one, especially the intimacy with a vacuum cleaner. :lol:
"To infinity...and beyond, in deed!" Let's take a moment to think of those with discomfort and wish that they may find that glimmer of peace.

11-23-2011, 10:36 PM
Thanks so much for the teaching.

Metta to all those who are unwell.