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Thread: Zen as Embodiment (6) - All the World's Suffering

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    Zen as Embodiment (6) - All the World's Suffering

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    A moment of Zazen, without our doing more, without need for a thought ...

    ... inhales and embodies all the suffering of the world, not merely our own, but that of all sentient beings everywhere ...

    ... all the ego and anger, war and violence, divided thinking, grudges, addictions, excess ambitions, rabid needs to dominate, dishonesty, manipulation, stinginess, pessimism, hostility, abuse, degradation, sexual harming, humiliation, jealousy, gluttony, cruelty, unkindness, indifference, rage, hard-heartedness, vindictiveness, prejudice, hypocrisy, mercilessness and all the rest ... the hungry children, the homeless, the oppression and injustice, the warming planet, the disease and wars ...

    ... and without any doing or need for thought ... from the still still point at the center ...

    ... embodies and exhales the medicine for all the suffering of the world ...

    ... exhaling selflessness and calm, peace and friendship, union, agreement, equanimity, satisfaction, cooperation, honesty, harmony, generosity, optimism, fraternity, helpfulness, appreciation, love, respect, honor, healthful consumption, sympathy, kindness, caring, ease, soft-heartedness, forgiveness, fairness, truthfulness, mercy ... feeding the children, providing safe homes, offering freedom and justice, nurturing the planet, treating the disease, ending the war.

    Then, getting up from the cushion, it is time to get busy, to think and do again ...

    ... in every thought, word and act, bringing to life and making real all the selflessness and calm, peace and friendship ... cooperation, honesty and harmony ... healthful consumption, sympathy and kindness, and all the rest ... working hard together to feed the hungry, house the poor, reform social injustices, clean the planet, cure the disease and end all war.


    This is our Zazen practice, on and off the cushion.




    (An image of a Buddha Statue from a Zen temple in Hiroshima, partially melted during the atomic bombing)


    https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/photography/2020/08/the-elusive-horror-of-hiroshima

    Gassho, J
    STLah
    Last edited by Jundo; 10-09-2020 at 07:24 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you for this teaching.

    Gassho
    Van
    Sah

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    Thank you, Jundo. This series of teachings is wonderful.
    I saved that Buddha image; it moved me to tears.
    Gassho,
    Krista
    st

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    Thank you, words and thoughts to live by.


    Gassho

    Matt
    st
    Matt
    st

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    Gassho
    Onka/Anna
    ST
    aka Anna Kissed
    Pronouns She/Her They/Them

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    Wonderful.

    Gassho,
    Juki

    Sat today and lah
    "First you have to give up." Tyler Durden

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    Beautiful, Jundo, as have been all of the pieces in this series.



    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday-
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    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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    Tairin
    Sat today and lah
    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

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    Thank you, Jundo. This is quite a useful reminder.

    Gassho
    ST/lah
    Shoki

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    Thank you Jundo, wise words.

    Gassho,

    Josh
    SatToday

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    Thank you sooo much about this beautiful teaching Jundo!
    Nikolas ,
    Sat/Lah

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    Gassho,
    Washin
    StLah
    Kaido (有道) Every Way
    Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
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    I am a novice priest-in-training. Anything what I say must not be considered as teaching
    and should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.

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    Hi Jundo, equanimity is the most difficult word to discover for me, and I have to double think every time I want to think: maybe equality, person to person, actual true respect one for the other. Do I come close? This list so beautiful for much I have discovered with Zazen.
    Gassho
    sat/ lah
    Tai Shi
    The object of practice is not transcendence but transformation, yet ultimately we must transcend ourselves. (Elucidation of Dogen) in HOW TO RAISE AN OX

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