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by SunWuKong
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Differing views of shikantaza
Replies: 62
Views: 926

Re: Differing views of shikantaza

But its a bit like throwing wads of clay at a wall and see what sticks
by SunWuKong
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Differing views of shikantaza
Replies: 62
Views: 926

Re: Differing views of shikantaza

When Fukushima Keido Roshi gave his "Introduction to Zazen" (Lawrence Kansas, 2002) not one word was ever spoken about technique, a technique, or how to meditate, what to do with the mind, thoughts, etc. No words were ever spoken. No words were spoken about how to sit either, except the zafu zabuton...
by SunWuKong
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Advice and Comments
Replies: 28
Views: 432

Re: Advice and Comments

Thanks Cao! I’ll probably create an Amazon order of hard copy books to add to my library.Including the Swanson translation of the Mohe Zhi from U of H ... However I interested in the vast arc of meditation instruction from the earliest times forward. That's more of a history study really. I might be...
by SunWuKong
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: except for the jokes (maybe)
Replies: 15
Views: 215

Re: except for the jokes (maybe)

fuki wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:26 pm
Larry wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:24 pm
"Don't Just Do Something, Sit There" - Osho :mrgreen:
....written in the back of the Mercedes :lol:
Osho nogo for me, I'm past my Tantric Sex prime

Which is a funny thing, originally in India that's what "sanyasin" meant, the stage of life I'm in, the fourth and final one.
by SunWuKong
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Advice and Comments
Replies: 28
Views: 432

Re: Zazen Manual

... "With body settled, regulate breath and relax abdomen. Do not give rise to any thoughts, good or bad. If a thought does arise, be aware of it. Once you’re aware of it, it disappears. Eventually conditions are forgotten, and all is naturally unified. This is the essence of zazen." this is not th...
by SunWuKong
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My Two Cents Worth
Replies: 47
Views: 514

Re: My Two Cents Worth

So coming back to your post, absolutely i see these in myself and in others. They are a by-product of selfmaking and faulty understanding. But also projection cannot be discounted. I don't really know anyone else's mind, but I do make guesses, consciously or unconsciously. What i do wonder about Ze...
by SunWuKong
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My Two Cents Worth
Replies: 47
Views: 514

My Two Cents Worth

I've been around half a dozen Buddhist forums or so... ...and it's time for me to take a break... The most common errors i see in understanding, and this goes for myself as well (in no specific order), a lack of finding the Middle Way (1) Antinomianism (2) Eternalism (3) Perennialism (4) "Nothing is...
by SunWuKong
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Stories
Replies: 1
Views: 25

Re: Zazen Manual

Great Master Kyōgen Chikan was once asked by a monk, “What is the Way?” The Master answered, “The singing of the Dragon amidst the withered trees.” The monk replied, “I don’t understand.” The Master said, “It is the Eye in skulls.” Later, there was a monk who asked Sekisō, “Just what sort of thing i...
by SunWuKong
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Stories
Replies: 1
Views: 25

Stories

"Once you have adjusted your posture, take a breath and exhale fully, rock your body right and left, and settle into steady, immovable sitting. Think of not thinking, "Not thinking --what kind of thinking is that?" Nonthinking. This is the essential art of zazen. The zazen I speak of is not meditati...
by SunWuKong
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Advice and Comments
Replies: 28
Views: 432

Re: Zazen Manual

The work below is attributed to Ch’ang -lu Tsung-tse, a monk in the Chan (Zen) and Pure Land traditions in 11th century China. This “Zazen Manual” is used by Rinzai monks to this day, and is included in the classic Four Texts of the Zen School and the two-volume Poison-Painted Drum , the handbook f...
by SunWuKong
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nothing goes...
Replies: 479
Views: 6862

Re: Nothing goes...

Good catch Larry. Yes I have issues with TM because it is based on untrue claims. One reason I stick to Zen, it doesn’t promise much. While we’re on the topic, an interesting thing happened during one of my recent sitting sessions. About half way through, my wife turned on the audio to her guided me...
by SunWuKong
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Experience of Zazen
Replies: 36
Views: 937

Re: The Experience of Zazen

Additionally I’ll have to report, that I get to a “zone” where sitting is comfortable, and another zone where posture requires no effort. Read into this what you want
by SunWuKong
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Experience of Zazen
Replies: 36
Views: 937

Re: The Experience of Zazen

I’ve practiced TM, intercessory prayer, speaking in tongues, Boy Scout prayers, Pledge of Allegiance , Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, yoga nidra, body scan, TM, samatha, and vipasana, and Zazen. Obviously Zazen is my thing, but if you read the literature, e.g. scriptures carefully, it replaces ...
by SunWuKong
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 47
Views: 1159

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

My working theory (unofficial) is that no-goal-ness is none other than a dissociative condition which in Zen is cultivated methodically and liberates the mind from narrow constraints- at lest I hope so
by SunWuKong
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mental States and Zen
Replies: 60
Views: 1037

Re: Mental States and Zen

I don’t go into a “mental state” with Zazen, it’s not an altered state, or what the TB’s call a Bardo State, or any “state” of consciousness recognized by psychology, however - I definitely go into a “zone” and at its best it’s self perpetuating, like a Rube Goldberg machine consisting of only one m...
by SunWuKong
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Dangers of Zazen
Replies: 52
Views: 1144

Re: Dangers of Zazen

Just to throw this also into the pot, since it's all meant to be applied within context: How then can we carry ourselves non-attached to the things of this world? Here, sitting in meditation comes to be regarded as absolutely necessary. Self-liberation is possible only when we perceive our own form...
by SunWuKong
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Dangers of Zazen
Replies: 52
Views: 1144

Re: Dangers of Zazen

Just to throw this also into the pot, since it's all meant to be applied within context: How then can we carry ourselves non-attached to the things of this world? Here, sitting in meditation comes to be regarded as absolutely necessary. Self-liberation is possible only when we perceive our own form...
by SunWuKong
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Dangers of Zazen
Replies: 52
Views: 1144

Re: Dangers of Zazen

There is indeed danger in everything. A sesshin I worked on had, fortunately, a trained medical volunteer who screened out people taking certain medications or with specific existing problems. There are problems that formal sitting zazen, and especially sustained sitting, will make worse. I suspect...
by SunWuKong
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Dangers of Zazen
Replies: 52
Views: 1144

Re: Why Shikantaza is Complete, Boundless and Unlike Any Other Way of Zazen, Period. End of Story.

SWK - With respect I don't agree. There are plenty of records of very bazaar physical reactions to intensive Zazen, where the student loses control of the physical body for a period of time. Furthermore, there are credible accounts of students with particular psychological and/or psychiatric condit...
by SunWuKong
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Back into the Sangha?
Replies: 20
Views: 518

Re: Back into the Sangha?

http://www.stephenaddiss.com/

Here is the art history professor whose department I studied in