Jijuyu Zanmai (Bendowa II)

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Continuing with Master Dogen's Shobogenzo Bendowa ...

I would like to talk a bit more about Jijuyu zanmai, "the samadhi, the still abiding taste of the self in self-fulfillment"  ...

by this the self both drops away and is affirmed and fulfilled in that moment. All is complete.

Uchiyama Roshi's translation is that one "disports oneself freely in this Samadhi", which seems to convey that so nicely.


ALL BUDDHA-TATHAGATAS TOGETHER have been simply transmitting wondrous dharma and actualizing anuttara samjak sambodhi [supreme perfect enlightenment] for which there is an unsurpassable, unfabricated, wondrous method. This wondrous dharma, which has been transmitted only from buddha to buddha without deviation, has as its criterion jijuyu zanmai. For disporting oneself freely in this samadhi, practicing zazen in an upright posture is the true gate.

From: Talk on the Wholehearted Practice of the Way - Kosho Uchiyama (with Shohaku Okumura, Taigen Daniel Leighton)

When the buddha-tathagatas each having received the one-to-one transmission of the splendid Dharma, experience the supreme state of bodhi, they possess a subtle method that is supreme and without intention. The reason this [method] is transmitted only from buddha to buddha, without deviation, is that the samadhi of receiving and using the self is its standard. For enjoyment of this samadhi the practice of [Za]zen in the erect sitting posture, has been established as the authentic gate. From: Bendowa - A Talk about Pursuing the Truth  - Nishijima-Cross

(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)

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