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Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) X


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 … give that thread a smalltug, ever so slightly, tostretch the neck and pull the chin in … your eyes should be 1/3 or2/3 open ( … the pointis to remain present in this world and not drift into some dreamystate) … gazing at a downward angle to the wall (In Rinzai style, as above, one faces into the room)


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It does not have to be beautiful, nor a model of perfection (just perfectly what-it-is), but it should be balanced andcomfortable such that the body can be dropped from mind (most of thetime … there will always be days of little aches and pains).



(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)
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posted January 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm

I am enjoying treeleaf so much. Thank you for doing this. One question please. Can you give me the name of a book, or is everyone reading a book? I am very much a beginner and look forward to you posts evey day. I would love to know what I can study in order to catch up to the others.
Thanks so much,

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posted January 24, 2009 at 12:58 am

thanks for saying so, cindy. me, too. is there a book that everyone is studying/reading/discussing? how can i get involved in that?

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Jordan (Fuken)

posted January 24, 2009 at 8:57 am

Vince and Cindy, Please check out the forum in the URL below, you should find the answers your looking for there. Gassho, Fuken

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posted January 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Thank you, Jordan, for pointing out our Sangha Forum. I hope you find some helpful guidance there. We are reading various things too. Please check out a book by “Uchiyama” Roshi called “Opening the Hand of Thought”. We read that recently. Also Joko Beck “Everyday Zen” is very good. We read thouse in our book club there.
Gassho, Jundo

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