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Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Zazenkai Meditation

posted by Jundo Cohen

Please join our weekly “Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai meditation … We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH (see below), then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, […]

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Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) XIII – Don’t Forget to Breathe!

posted by Jundo Cohen

… Just Breathing … how do we breathe during Zazen meditation? Thisdiagram (kindly provided by a temple in Japan) might seem prettyobvious … but what more do you want to know about ‘just breathing’?

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Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Married Monk?

posted by Jundo Cohen

Most Buddhist Clergy in Japan marry. That may surprise some folks. Buddhist clerics marrying is very unusual in the rest of Asia.

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Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) XII – Kensho Schmensho

posted by Jundo Cohen

Shikantaza ‘Just Sitting’ is profound ‘Non-seeking‘ … … to attain that which cannot be attained.

Reclining Buddha

posted by Jundo Cohen

The Buddha, when really very sick and unable to sit in the Lotus Posture, “sat” like this … The subject came up today in our Forum … FORUM: SITTTING WITH CHRONIC PAIN What about sitting with chronic pain? What if […]

Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) XI – Insta-Zazen©

posted by Jundo Cohen

Although we usually practice Zazen sitting quietly, facing a wall … … we can practice Zazen anywhere. It is not limited by time or place. Nor is it simply a matter of sitting cross legged, standing, reclining, floating in a […]

BIG MIND small mind

posted by Jundo Cohen

John from Australia, a Sangha member, asked if I would talk about “BIG MIND small mind” … … Hmmm.  That’s BIG!The same fellow suggested I put a “sit-a-long suggestion box” on our forum … TREELEAF SANGHA FORUM … for anyone […]

Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Zazenkai Meditation

posted by Jundo Cohen

DUE TO TECHNICAL REASONS, TODAY’S ZAZENKAI WAS PRE-RECORDED. OH WELL. Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of […]

Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) X

posted by Jundo Cohen

. In Soto style, we ‘face the wall‘… we sit with our backbone slightly forward of the center of the Zafu,  … back straight, as if a tiny thread were running tothe ceiling through the crown of the head … […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) IX

posted by Jundo Cohen

I am about to break a cardinal rule of ‘Soto Zen’ (not the first time): However, I hereby officially state that I do not think that the ‘Lotus’ Postures (although ideal if you can) are necessarily the best postures for […]

All Things Change!

posted by Jundo Cohen

It is a fundamental Buddhist teaching that “All Things Change” … Some of those changes can be in ways we want, some in ways we surely do not want. But Buddhists learn to be ‘Masters of Change’  … going with […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) VIII

posted by Jundo Cohen

The question came up today about whether a Buddha would ever feel frustration … did he always feel peace and contentment? I believe he knew how to feel peace and contentment, even amid a world that can often be frustrating! […]

JUKAI! JUKAI! JUKAI!

posted by Jundo Cohen

Well, the day has arrived for our JUKAI (Undertaking the Precepts) CEREMONY … … our first ever for Treeleaf Sangha … … and (we believe) the first Jukai Ceremony ever conducted fully online since, well, Buddhism began!! There is more […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: A little more about Buddhist Precepts

posted by Jundo Cohen

As we get ready for our Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts Ceremony) this Saturday (see here) … … some folks wrote to ask whether the Precepts were really necessary. Don’t the Precepts, and gentleness … a dropping of greed, anger and […]

An Invitation: To Our “ALL ONLINE” Jukai Precepts Ceremony (This Saturday!)

posted by Jundo Cohen

This Saturday, our Treeleaf Sangha will be having our first … and what seems to be the … “World’s First”… ALL ONLINE JUKAI (Undertaking the Precepts) CEREMONY!! Please come watch, if you have the time. The live netcast will start […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) VII

posted by Jundo Cohen

Today, some more to do in our “How To” Zazen … Life is a million things to do. These days, all of us are juggling so much … Is Buddhism a teaching of passivity? Must it mean withdrawal from the […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) VI

posted by Jundo Cohen

More in our series on “How To” Zazen … In “Just Sitting” Zen Practice, we learn to take life like the weather … … whatever comes, comes.   (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;a sitting time of 20 […]

Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Zazenkai

posted by Jundo Cohen

Please join our weekly “Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai … We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH (see below), then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) V

posted by Jundo Cohen

We continue our series on “How To” Zazen … … and how to handle thoughts that appear during Zazen. I often used the analogy of clouds (of thought) drifting in and out of a clear, blue spacious sky (a mind […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) IV

posted by Jundo Cohen

Continuing our series on “How To” Zazen … The mind is like a noisy kitchen blender … filled with all kinds of rattlin’ stuff. Let it settle! (  if using headphones, loud noise at times in video !!  )   […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) III

posted by Jundo Cohen

Continuing our series on “How To” Zazen … In our Soto Zen perspective, Zazen is Enlightenment itself … … just crossing the legs, stretching the back, gazing at a wall, and all’s done! Like saying that merely running a race […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) II

posted by Jundo Cohen

We are so often chasing after things, rarely still … whether it is attainments, dreams and goals, fame and fortune and possessions, whatever we think will ‘finally‘ make us happy and content in life (once we get there, if we […]

New Years 4-Hour ‘Live’ Zazenkai Netcast

posted by Jundo Cohen

Hi, Please join our NEW YEARS/JANUARY MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI, recorded in “real time” and available at the following link: ZAZENKAI Remember, when we drop all thought of ‘here’ ‘there’ ‘now’ and ‘then’ … we are sitting all together! Our Zazenkai […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Solving the ‘Techno-KOAN’

posted by Jundo Cohen

Sitting Zazen all together online, and having a video ‘Zencast’, can present some technical conundrums sometimes. Zen teachers back in the 13th Century, for example, probably only had to face running out of ink for their writing brushes … while […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) I

posted by Jundo Cohen

We begin ‘Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners)’ … We’ll talk the basics of ‘Just Sitting’ Shikantaza Zazen … … There’s a bit more to it than ‘just sitting’ !! In a series of talks over the coming days, I […]

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