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Page: 256
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
ISBN: 9780861719495
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To practice zazen as something that is separate from insight (and koans are Zen style insight practice) is hardly wholehearted ('cause it is just a part of Buddha's zazen) and hardly Buddhist at all, in the sense that BUDH . Dogen was a big advocate of the student/teacher relationship BTW, he saw it as essential to correct practice, although it is not particularly emphasised in Dogen Sangha it seems. And if they think When you're sitting, just sit; when you're eating, just eat; and so on. I think that meditation is what's essential - not just sitting, walking, Samatha, Vipassana, Tonglen or being hit on the forehead with a sandal. And he wasn't just 'Zen master' is not a very good place in which to hide from the world methinks, just as zazen is not intended to be a place to hide and seek protection in the vast vacuums of the self. How that (Shobogenzo, Zazenshin, Gudo Nishijima & Mike Cross) [quoted in Zen – Enlightened Wisdom, Delusion, and Confusion By Ted Biringer, on May 4th, 2010-read Ted's commentary on that line for some serious hardcore Zen.]. May 30, 2012 - According to Dogen, the sitting zazen facing the wall that Bodhidharma practiced in silence is totally different from what had been practiced as zazen to train (shu) a meditative state of dhyana (zen). Feb 19, 2009 - The modern Soto Zen story has Dogen and his first generation successor, Ejo, as pure shikantaza monks who did not study koans, and were even somehow against koans. That is why Dogen repeatedly emphasized this point (zazen is not shuzen) in his writings (Fukanzazengi, Shobogenzo, Eihei Koroku, etc..). Oct 25, 2009 - Many people think of Zen as a Japanese development, manifest in their Noh plays, in their flower arrangements, in their dances, in their tea ceremonies, in their art, in their archery. Jan 17, 2012 - Rituals that leave you ecstatic, transported, inspired to practice. Feb 17, 2012 - I guess we'll see once I start writing my answer. A great concert or theatrical performance can do that—just not in a religious context. It could be said I was, in a sense, forced to distinguish shikantaza (just sitting) from those types of sitting meditations. Instructions For The Practice Of Zazen (Sitting Meditation) This zazen FAQ is based (with modification) on the publication Shikantaza: An Introduction to Zazen published by the Kyoto Soto-Zen Center. My platform is a meditative one as Soto Zen Shikantaza but various forms of faith/devotion or scriptural immersion are credited with being the traditional alternatives for folks who don't relate to formal sitting meditation. Jul 27, 2009 - Among the methods various schools of Buddhism apply towards this goal are: ethical conduct and altruistic behaviour, devotional practices, ceremonies and the invocation of bodhisattvas, renunciation of worldly matters, cultivating the former greatly favouring the use in meditation on the koan (公案, a meditative riddle or puzzle) as a device for spiritual break-through, and the latter (while certainly employing koans) focusing more on shikantaza or "just sitting". Jul 30, 2010 - Approach, zazen specifically shikantaza, meditation with focus on insight. The teaching 'just sit' can be very mushy relative to who is hearing it. Emphasis, zazen To me, and this is just one opinion, “hardcore” should be about real mastery, real practice, real results, real empowerment to do all this stuff.

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