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Reclining Buddha

posted by Jundo Cohen

The Buddha, when really very sick and unable to sit in the Lotus Posture, “sat” like this …

reclining buddha.jpg

The subject came up today in our Forum …

FORUM: SITTTING WITH CHRONIC PAIN

What about sitting with chronic pain? What if you just cannot get into the Lotus Posture, the Burmese, or even sit on a chair?

Does that mean that Zazen is not for you?

Absolutely Zazen is for you!

Tonight’s “sit-a-long” will be Zazen flat on my back … and is dedicated to all people who need to sit Zazen with chronic pain. Truly, while the Lotus Position and such is best for those who can manage it (and folks … really try to manage it, and give it time) … True Zazen is sitting, standing, falling through the air, walking or … reclining.

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



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posted January 28, 2009 at 9:10 am


I just found this,Perfect timing as I am reading “Zen mind,Beginner’s mind” by Shunryu Suzuki,And have just hurt my back so bad that it required medication,Wich I dont like taking,(I dont drink or smoke)
and I am told physical therapy,I just wish it spoke on how to deal with the pain a bit more,But I noticed the photo of Buddha is in the same pose I sleept in,The only way I could sleep,(a sign?) I think so,Thank you,



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Carrie Pond

posted January 28, 2009 at 3:44 pm


Thank you so much for posting this as I have moderate to severe pain from a mountain biking accident two years ago. Have been meditating lying in bed on back as this is the only way I have been able to. I thought I might not be getting all the benefits of medition in this position. I feel much better knowing this information.
Carrie



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Donna-Lee Phillips

posted January 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm


Thank you. I had been instructed that meditating was to be done ONLY in a sitting position, either on the cushion or if not physically possible, in a chair.
Chronic pain is something I have been dealing with since a series of accidents, and guilt about trying to meditate lying down has overshadowed nearly every session during which I cannot sit.
I had read somewhere that The Buddha meditated lying down on occasion, but when I mentioned this the response I got suggested it was acceptable only when absolutely unable to get out of bed.
Of course it makes sense to me to have my butt on the ground/cushion and my head in the air, but if The Buddha taught 64,000 methods to meet the needs of all beings, I had to believe that he considered that some of us are physically limited.
As it happens, the posture in which I can recline is the one shown in the statue you show.
May all beings benefit,
Donna-Lee



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