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nobody in need of savin’ … so let’s get to work

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XVI) The “Six Realms” refer to the six heavens, hells and earthly states into which one may be reborn in traditional Buddhist thought. SIX REALMS But, even if we do not take that literally, we can also say that […]

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Thus Come One Thus Gone One Thus One

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XV) “Tathāgata” is a name which can have several meanings and interpretations, including one who has thus gone and one who has thus come, or one who has found the truth. It may also be taken as the one […]

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Join our Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Real-Time Zen 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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Spring Away

posted by Jundo Cohen

Just the other day, we could celebrate the warm coming of Spring …. It’s spring! But now, Spring is hiding itself, and a cold wet wind is blowing. All things come and go … I am reminded of this Koan […]

Buddha Mudra … And All Space In The Universe Completely Becomes Enlightenment

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XIV) “Mudra” means a spiritual or powerful gesture, often performed with the whole body. In this case, “Zazen“. Uchiyama Roshi explains … “When one displays the buddha mudra with one’s whole body and mind” means with one’s three kinds […]

As You Sit … The Buddhas Sit

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XIII) We’ll spend a few days with the words of this passage from Bendowa. Here, Master Dogen presents his view that, as you sit Zazen, the stones, grass, trees and stars are sitting Zazen. All the Buddhas and Ancestors […]

How Do I Know If I’m Doing Zen Right?

posted by Jundo Cohen

.. Almost every day, somebody asks me to judge whether they are making “progress” in their Zen practice … a practice that’s based on dropping all idea of “progress”. Yet, there are some ways to know that there’s been some […]

You Want Investment Advice … FROM A BUDDHIST PRIEST?!!

posted by Jundo Cohen

.. More frequently than ya might think, no kidding … folks ask me for advice on things like what to do in the stock market? HUH? I think the picture below about captures my surprise! Do they ask their stock […]

Join our Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Real-Time Zen 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, […]

Dropping Away Body and Mind

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XII) According to Master Dogen’s account of his time in China, one morning his teacher Ju-Ching found a monk dozing during Zazen. Dogen heard his teacher scold the sleeping monk, “The practice of zazen is the dropping away of […]

It’s Spring …

posted by Jundo Cohen

Just a simple celebration today of the coming of Spring. Don’t feel like talking much today … It’s spring! (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended) To subscribe to […]

More … ZAZEN ( that’s ZEN MEDITATION ) IS ALL YOU NEED!

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XI) Master Dogen continues to tell us that “Zazen” ( that’s Zen meditation ) is all we need … enlightenment itself … And that means we don’t need to bother with all that other Buddhist stuff … like burning […]

ZAZEN (that’s ZEN MEDITATION) IS ALL YOU NEED!

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA X) Today, Master Dogen begins to lay out his case that Zazen (a moment of Zen meditation) is all you need! AND HE WAS RIGHT! If you can come to see an instant of Zazen as complete, the only […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Cars

posted by Jundo Cohen

I was going to just share some happy news with everyone today: I passed my Japanese driver’s license test (considered one of the hardest in the world, by the way, and I failed twice! They make it tough to drive […]

Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Zen Meditation

posted by Jundo Cohen

[DUE TO A WEAK SIGNAL IN MY PRESENT LOCATION, TODAY’S ZAZENKAI IS PRE-RECORDED. HOWEVER, I WILL BE SITTING AT THE APPOINTED TIME] Please join our weekly “Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai meditation … We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep […]

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

posted by Jundo Cohen

. For all the talking we do around here on Zen Practice, the meaning of what’s shown in the following picture can never, ever be forgotten … look closely … very closely …. Understand? (PS – There is no netcast […]

A Graduation Meditation

posted by Jundo Cohen

Tomorrow, our son Leon has a little graduation ceremony from Kindergarten, and he’s about to start 1st grade. It is a day of joy, also mixed with a touch of sadness at passing time. How should we approach such moments […]

Master Bodhidharma Comes to the East (Bendowa IX)

posted by Jundo Cohen

In this section of Bendowa, Master Dogen recounts the tale of Zen Buddhism’s coming from India to China … Much of the story, we now know, is fictional … centered on historical characters who (if they lived at all) are […]

Great Ambition (Bendowa VIII)

posted by Jundo Cohen

.One might think that, in attaining the realization that he attained in China, Master Dogen would drop all thought of ambition, goals, something he needed to achieve in life. However, as the below section of Bendowa shows, he sure came […]

March 4-Hour ‘LIVE from TREELEAF’ ZAZENKAI!

posted by Jundo Cohen

Hi, Please join our MARCH MONTHLY 4-hour ‘Live from Treeleaf’ 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! […]

Empty Handed (Bendowa VII)

posted by Jundo Cohen

. In today’s Bendowa, Master Dogen voyages to China (not a simple journey in the 13th century) searching for Truth … What did he gain while there? Soon after his return he was asked this very question. He responded … […]

When the “Teacher” gets stressed …

posted by Jundo Cohen

There will be no video today for technical reasons (rather stressful!), so I would like to post a little essay I wrote that continues our theme from last week … on how “Zen teachers” sometimes get out on the wrong […]

Of Rinzai and Soto (Bendowa VI)

posted by Jundo Cohen

In today’s Bendowa, Master Dogen recounts the story of his travels to China, searching for Truth … First, his years of study with Rinzai Zen Master Myozen, before heading to China and beginning the Soto Zen path. What is the […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Life is Our Temple

posted by Jundo Cohen

The “slogan” of our Sangha is Life is our Temple. I truly believe that, perhaps for the first time in history, it is more fruitful for us to practice and learn Buddhism outside of a monastery than inside. In the […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Baby Sitting-Sitting

posted by Jundo Cohen

Well, today’s sitting won’t be too quiet. In fact, its pretty crazy and noisy. My wife is away for the day, so I am watching our son Leon. But that doesn’t mean I can’t get a bit of sitting in  […]

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