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Resonating Like A Bell …

posted by Jundo Cohen

NOTICE: OUR MONTHLY 4-HOUR ‘LIVE’ ZAZENKAI WILL BE HELD ON MAY 9th (BENDOWA XXV) In other words …  A single person’s sitting a moment of Zazen resonates like a bell through all space and time, carrying out the Buddha’s work […]

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Buddha’s Work

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXIV) I am jumping back a sentence in the text due to my lack of mindfulness … Also, today’s sitting and talk is especially dedicated to the fellow who wrote the other day to say that his son had […]

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‘Sitting With’

posted by Jundo Cohen

A member of our Sangha posted this comment on our Forum … I have only learned since (recently) beginning to study Zen [that one can sit with one’s problems]. Before, I had the notion that problems must be gotten rid […]

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Silent Sitting

posted by Jundo Cohen

We should never forget the silence … No words needed today, only sitting. (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended) To subscribe to “Treeleaf Zen” click here.  

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, […]

Grasses and Trees, Fences and Walls

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXIII) One of the great Ancestors of Soto (Caodong) Zen in Song Dynasty China, Hongzhi Zhengjue, wrote this in his Mozhao Ming (Inscription on Silent Illumination) … All the myriad things in the universeemit radiance and speak the dharma […]

Letting the Ocean be the Ocean

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXII) In other words …  The grand chain reaction of Inter-being Inter-dependency Inter-support that is this world manifests … –not– by our thinking about it, nor by our analyzing it, nor by our having some small views or perspective […]

More Nurturing Seeds

posted by Jundo Cohen

A simple daily plan for nurturing the wholesome seeds of our mind …   (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended) To subscribe to “Treeleaf Zen” click here.  

Nurturing Seeds

posted by Jundo Cohen

A very ancient Buddhist model of the human mind and psychology includes something called the Store Consciousness (Alaya-vijnana). Thich Nhat Hanh has compiled several verses which give a sense of its workings … here are part: Mind is a field […]

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, […]

Inter-being Inter-dependency Inter-support

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXI) As the chain reaction brought about by Zazen continues, we see all the world … earth, grass and trees, stones, wind, water, fire, other sentient beings … aid the person who sits Zazen to exhibit realization and know […]

A Wondrous Chain Reaction

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XX) In this section of Bendowa, Master Dogen is using some powerful images to describe a kind of chain reaction brought about by Zazen … The person who sits Zazen “drops body and mind”, thus attaining, experiencing and understanding […]

Gratitude Trust & A Willingness to Yield

posted by Jundo Cohen

(for technical reasons, there will be no sitting broadcast today) This is something I preach from time to time, but I thought it worth saying again. Perhaps it is good to shout it clearly. Namely, in Buddhism, we have a […]

Making the Buddha’s Wisdom Real …

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XIX) Last time we saw how a moment of Zazen –is–Buddha sitting, makes all the world right, just the way everything should be.   But it is not so simple as just saying that, for it must also work the […]

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, […]

The Buddha’s Wisdom Made Real …

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XVIII) In other words …     In a moment of sitting Zazen, you and all things of the universe are no less than the Buddha sitting Zazen under the Bodhi Tree, attaining realization and commencing to teach (the meaning […]

Cinnamon Applesauce and the Bodhi Tree

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XVII) In very poetic language below, using many Buddhist images, Master Dogen is expressing a taste of the deep inter-connection of all the world and all beings.  Well, recently someone in our Sangha wrote of a similar taste, but […]

Happy Birthday Dear Buddha!

posted by Jundo Cohen

(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended) To subscribe to “Treeleaf Zen” click here.

EMBRACE, CELEBRATE and SINK RIGHT IN!

posted by Jundo Cohen

I sometimes talk about an aspect of our Zen practice I call “acceptance without acceptance” … By that I mean an approach to all the ugly and painful aspects of life and this world which are just so hard (perhaps […]

April 4-Hour ‘Live’ ‘Zazenkai’ Zen Meditation Netcast

posted by Jundo Cohen

DUE TO VIDEO RECORDING ISSUES (the recording stopped in the middle) … COMBINED WITH A CASE OF THE FLU (I fell off the Zafu twice and sneezed through my talk) … THIS IS A REBROADCAST OF THE MARCH ZAZENKAI … […]

Zen and the Flu (Ah chooo)

posted by Jundo Cohen

How to “sit Zazen” when one has the flu, and can’teven sit? Just be “at one” with your runny nose, your aching bones, sneeze each sneeze as aperfect sneeze … and when you barf, taste that it is just the […]

Master ‘Su su’

posted by Jundo Cohen

The start of April is the day when we traditionally celebrate in the Zen world the birth of that great Vietnamese Zen Patriarch, Master ‘Duc Tho’ (or as he is more commonly known to those who love him ‘Su su’) […]

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