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

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 pond or falling through the air.

For anything, anywhere, anytime is Zazen if perceived as such.

Thus I recommend to everyone Jundo’s Patented “Insta-Zazen” © throughout each day. You don’t evenhave to “sit” for these “sittings”. “Insta-Zazen” ©can be of any length, starting from but a moment until infinite time(which may be the same!). We “Insta-Zazen” © at times in our day whenjust a bit of “Zen Mind”© will change our perspective on all things,when a touch of balance will bring life into balance …

Just standing in a creeping postal line, in the dentist’s chair,when the car won’t start on a cold morning, when driving and stuck intraffic, when the computer crashes, waiting for the crossing light to change, the toast to toast, wherever and whenever … just dowhat you do in Zazen, with the Lotus Position fully optional (it tendsto get in the way while driving or having a root canal, although itmight work in the postal line if you keep pushing along.).

This is actually not such a radical departure from “traditional”practice. Life in a Zen monastery, for example, is filled withcountless opportunities to bring the “Way of Non-Seeking” tasted on thecushion into daily activities … what’s the difference between the”Dokusan” line and the postal line? Even monks need to wash the windows and do the laundry (folding and sorting socks is an excellent time for a bit of “Folding Kinhin“. Each place is a place forPractice. In fact, if what we do on the cushion stays on the cushion,what’s the point??

So, please try Jundo’s Patented “Insta-Zazen Sittings” © throughout yourday. In fact, for a limited time only, three (3) “Insta-Zazens” © cansubsitute for one (1) traditional sitting (if sitting a minimum of (one) 1 or moretraditional sittings each day. ).

Today I sit a bit on the train, between stations. There is no talk today, no opening or closing bells, not even sound. No special lesson. Just a guy sitting Zazen on the train …


(remember: there are no beginning or ending bells today;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)

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posted January 27, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Great, have tried, especially with mundane chores. Will be more mindful of.
Passing on to my daughters.

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Lesley Lundbeck

posted January 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I have to say, I LOVE this “beliefnet”, well, Not JUST this individual one but SO many of them, that really show me and teach me various things along my way. Since I got ‘clean’ back in 1993, in the halls of Narcotics Anonymous, I began a very spiritual journey, as NA is a “spiritual, not religious program”. And although it started slowly, its begun to ‘pick up speed’, so to speak. And, so many of the articles in this wonderful ‘beliefnet’ are so ‘up my alley’ lately, that I give you all a hearty “Thank you!!”v

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posted January 28, 2009 at 7:06 am

Would it be OK for me to pass this tip on to my group ? I do not want to breech your patent rights.

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posted January 28, 2009 at 11:38 am

Dear Daiku,
I grant you a license for all time!

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