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Thread: Aug 5-6, 2022 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf Zazenkai - Keizan's Sankon Zazen Setsu

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    Aug 5-6, 2022 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf Zazenkai - Keizan's Sankon Zazen Setsu

    Our talk today is on ''Sankon Zazen Setsu: Three Kinds of Zazen Practitioners' by Keizan Zenji
    (text below in this thread)


    Please sit our Monthly 4-Hour Treeleaf Zazenkai netcast LIVE 8am to noon Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 7pm to 11pm, Los Angeles 4pm to 8pm (Friday night), London midnight to 4am and Paris 1am to 5am (early Saturday morning)), and also sitable any time thereafter:


    However, "one way" live sitters are encouraged to come into the Zoom sitting, and just leave the camera and microphone turned off: Join live (with or without a camera & microphone) on Zoom at: TREELEAF Now OR at DIRECT ZOOM LINK, password (if needed): dogen

    Dharma Talk Audio / Podcast Episode:
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...l=1#post308896

    The Sitting Schedule is as follows:

    00:00 - 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA IN JAPANESE / SANDOKAI IN ENGLISH) & ZAZEN
    00:50 - 01:00 KINHIN
    01:00 - 01:30 ZAZEN
    01:30 - 01:50 KINHIN

    01:50 - 02:30 DHARMA TALK & ZAZEN
    02:30 - 02:40 KINHIN & HOKEY-POKEY RITUAL

    02:40 - 03:15 ZAZEN
    03:15 - 03:30 KINHIN
    03:30 - 04:00 METTA CHANT & ZAZEN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT, FOUR VOWS, & CLOSING
    ATTENTION: Everyone, when rising for Kinhin or Ceremonies after Zazen, get up slowly, don't rush, hold something stable, you won't be "late," so TAKE YOUR TIME! Make sure you are careful getting up!

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah


    PS - There is no "wrong" or "right" in Zazen ... yet here is a little explanation of the "right" times to Bow (A Koan) ...


    Chant Book is here for those who wish to join in: CHANT BOOK LINK

    The other video I mention on Zendo decorum is this one, from our "Always Beginners" video Series:

    Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (12) - Basic Zendo Decorum At Home
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...093#post189093

    I also recommend a little Talk on why small rituals and procedures are so cherished in the Zendo:

    SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: Small Things in the Zendo

    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...s-in-the-Zendo

    Last edited by Jundo; 09-05-2022 at 04:15 AM.
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    Our chat this month is on the Three Kinds of Zazen Practitioners by Keizan Jokin Zenji:

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    Sankon Zazen Setsu

    The [natural] person whose zazen is of the most profound type has no interest in why the Buddhas appeared in this present world. Such a one doesn't speculate about truths which cannot even be transmitted by the Buddhas and Ancestors. She doesn't doctrinalize about [teachings such as] "all things are the expression of the self" for she is beyond "enlightenment" and "delusion". Since her views never fall into dualistic angles, nothing obstructs her, even when distinctions appear. She just eats when she is hungry. She just sleeps when she is tired.

    The person whose zazen is of a medium type forsakes all things and cuts off all [worldly] relations. Throughout the entire day she is never idle and so every moment of life, every breath, is practice of the Dharma. Or else she might concentrate on a koan, eyes fixed, her view in one place such as the tip of the nose. Considerations of life and death, going and staying, are not seen on her face. The mind of discrimination can never see into the deepest unchanging truth, nor can it understand the Buddhamind. Since there is no dualistic thoughts, she is enlightened. From the far past up to right now, wisdom is always brillliant, clear, shining. The whole universe throughout the ten directions is illuminated suddenly from her brow, all things are seen in detail within her body.

    The person whose zazen is just ordinary [JUNDO: yet anything but ordinary!] views all things [boundlessly] from all sides and frees herself from good and bad conditions. The mind naturally expresses the Actual Nature of all the Buddhas because Buddha rests right where your own feet rest. Thus wrong action does not arise. The hands are held in Reality mudra and do not hold onto any scriptures. The mouth is tightly closed, as if the lips were sealed, and no word of doctrine is spoken. The eyes are neither wide open nor shut. Nothing is ever seen from the point of view of fragmentation and good and evil words are left unheard. The nose [in equanimity] doesn't choose one smell as good, another as bad. The body is not propped up and all delusion is ended. Since delusion does not disturb the mind, [in this equanimity] sorrow and joy both drops away. Shaped just like a wooden carving of the Buddha, both the substance and the form are true. Worldly thoughts might arise [during Zazen] but they do not disturb because the mind is a bright mirror with no trace of shadows.

    The Precepts arise naturally from zazen whether they are the five, eight, the Great Bodhisattva Precepts, the monastic Precepts, the three thousand rules of deportment, the eighty thousand Teachings, or the supreme Dharma of the Buddhas and Awakened Ancestors. No practice whatsover can be measured against zazen.

    Should only one merit be gained from the practice of zazen, it is vaster than the construction of a hundred, a thousand or a limitless number of monasteries. Practice Zazen, just sitting ceaselessly. Doing so we are liberated from birth and death and realise our own hidden Buddhanature.

    In perfect ease go, stay, sit and lie down. Seeing, hearing, understanding and knowing are all the natural display of the Actual Nature. From first to last, mind is mind, beyond any arguments about knowledge and ignorance. Just do zazen with all of who and what you are. Never stray from it or lose it.
    [Anzan & Yasuda Translation, with small adjustments incorporating Masunaga and Kennett]

    ~~~~~~~

    For a few more comments by me, Jundo, on this:

    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...l=1#post308460
    Last edited by Jundo; 08-05-2022 at 04:43 AM.
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    Since my son, Leon, is heading back to college at Virginia Tech, USA, in a week or so ... also the Alma Mater of our Sekishi and Shugen ...


    Go VT! Non-Go Zen!

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    Last edited by Jundo; 08-05-2022 at 04:54 AM.
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    See you all later!

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    Hi all

    Sorry cannot attend today due to work and family commitments, will sit tomorrow my time, our time, time, no-time....( ? )

    Gassho, Tokan (satlah)

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    Sitting one way with all of you.

    Gassho,
    Suuko.
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    Thanks everyone for your presence and practice! What a lovely way to start the weekend and the month! Jundo, the talk was really really good and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it later! Thank you!

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    I sat with y'all a bit over the YouTubes tonight, a bit of peace in the midst of chaos. Jundo and all who sit with this.

    And I'll bet the talk will pop up in my podcast feed soon. Thank you Bion.

    Deep bows,
    Sekishi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sekishi View Post
    I sat with y'all a bit over the YouTubes tonight, a bit of peace in the midst of chaos. Jundo and all who sit with this.

    And I'll bet the talk will pop up in my podcast feed soon. Thank you Bion.

    Deep bows,
    Sekishi
    #sat #lah
    I’m so happy you sat with us for a bit!


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    Thank you Jundo, for the beautiful talk. Arrived late and had to leave early, but I will catch up this weekend.
    Gassho,
    Naiko
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    Merci for this talk, Jundo !
    Going back to the zafu…

    Gassho

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    Mokushō
    Sat today

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    Thank you everyone. I sat with you all this morning.


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

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    Sat today with YouTube. I was a little intimidated but I found it to be a truly enriching experience and some things I had been grappling with for a long time clicked in on a deeper level.

    Looking forward to the next one!

    Gassho,
    SatLah
    Kelly

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    Sat last night with the recording. Really liked the talk, will listen to it again on the podcast!

    Gassho,
    Judy
    Sat/lah

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    I will try to sit with the recording. Might be difficult this week though...

    Gassho,
    Ekai

    SAT

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    The dharma talks always seem to hit the right spot!

    Thanks Jundo

    Tokan (satlah)

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    Lovely! Thank you all!

    Gassho
    Kokuu
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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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    Thank you for this lovely Zazenkai.
    Gassho
    Mateus
    Sat

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