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Thread: Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (2)

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    Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (2)

    Continuing our series “Zazen for Beginners” (because we’re always beginners) ...

    Here’s a basic perspective of Buddhism:

    Our mind creates conflict and separation from this life and world because our mind is constantly filled with thoughts dividing and categorizing this from that, worries and “what if’s“, desires and “if only’s,” judgments of good and bad and high and low, resistance to situations, fears for the future and regrets about the past … all kinds of junk in the mental trunk. In this way, our “self” creates an image of itself separate from, and in frequent conflict with life, the world, everything it considers “not itself” (and even conflict with its image of itself too!)

    It is (as the old joke goes) a lot like your self mentally banging yourself with a hammer … Cause it is such a relief when you finally stop!

    Reverse the process … drop the dividing thoughts, the fears and worries, judgments, the likes and dislikes, ideas of past-present-future, resistance and all the rest … and all conflicts and separation drop away too. The self is no longer in conflict and isolated from all that it sees as “not the self” … the war is over … and (depending on how much those borders soften or fully drop away) this ’world-life-self-not self-reality’ is known and experienced in very special way(s) too. An awareness of Peace and Wholeness manifests where formally there were feelings of disturbance, friction and lack.

    Thus, in Shikantaza ‘Just Sitting’ Zazen we sit … allowing thoughts of this, that, past, future and all the rest to drift out of mind.

    The hammer is put down.

    Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 minutes to 35 minutes is recommended.
    Last edited by Jundo; 11-07-2016 at 02:26 AM.

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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 02:34 AM.

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