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Thread: Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (19)

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    Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (19)

    We sit Zazen “dropping all thoughts of right and wrong, good and bad“… accepting life just as it comes, without judgment

    But, gee, don’t some think that we Buddhists have no sense of “right and wrong!”


    (If you are going to do this Zen thing, ya have to learn the art of experiencing life from seemingly incongruous perspectives)

    Thus, we drop all resistance to life, drop all ideas of how life “should be” vs. “how it is” … yet, hand-in-hand (like the other side of a single coin), we also know that some ways of leading life do great harm, cause pain, bring suffering to us and to those around us.

    Thus, the Bodhisattva Precepts are at the heart of our Practice. They are NOT inflexibly hard and fast laws or “Commandments from Heaven.” Rather, each precept is an arrow pointing out a good and wholesom path — toward a life of peace, gentleness, balance, moderation, health, satisfaction. They guide us to avoid the taking of life, stealing, abusing others, abusing our bodies, engaging in anger, harsh speech, and wrong actions...

    All the Precepts basically come down to this: One is guided to seek, as one can, not to do harm… and to live in a way that is healthful and beneficial to oneself and others. (realizing too that oneself and others are not truly separate, by the way.) .

    Living by the Precepts supports and sustains the Practice of Zazen, because one simply cannot taste the sweet fruits of our Practice if filled with anger, violence, greed and excess. In turn, the Practice of Zazen supports and nurtures living by the Precepts.

    In fact, Zazen --is-- living by the Precepts, Living by the Precepts nothing besides Zazen.
    Early in one’s Buddhist Practice, one should begin to learn about each of the Buddhist Precepts and seek to take them to heart.

    Last edited by Jundo; 11-07-2016 at 02:40 PM.

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    Dear All,

    Kindly post all comments, questions, impressions and objections regarding this Series and any of the videos in the following thread. (I have had to do so to keep the lessons in sequence).

    If refrencing a particular talk, it woud be nice to mention which one. Thank you so much.

    Gassho, Jundo

    Last edited by Jundo; 11-08-2016 at 02:36 AM.

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