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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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Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva?

posted by Jundo Cohen

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at several of the famous “Greats” among the Bodhisattvas. The “Greats” include Kannon, Maitreya, Manjusri, Jizo, Samantabhadra and many others. We’ll look at a few Buddhas too … Especially in Mahayana Buddhism, […]

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Urban Meditation: On The Train

posted by Jundo Cohen

Continuing our series on Sitting in the City … … on a commuter train today, lots of tired folks heading home from work … … lost the netcast signal though after a couple of stations (oh well) But a crowded […]

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More City View

posted by Jundo Cohen

Sitting again in the busy streets of downtown Tokyo … the noise and hussle, traffic and distractions … … But are there “distractions” if all resistance to the distractions is dropped from mind? Then everything is just there, as it […]

City View

posted by Jundo Cohen

In Tokyo today … looking at the skyline ..amazingly complicated city … tangled streets … … millions of people, millions of lives … yet, from a Buddhist perspective, all One beyond One. Just a silent sitting today, not even a […]

Our Special 2-Hour “HANS-ZENKAI” Netcast

posted by Jundo Cohen

Hi, To commemorate the visit of our Sangha Member Hans (from Germany) to Treeleaf Japan … … today is a  special 2-hour Hans-Zenkai Zazenkai (Zazen sitting)  … recorded in “real time” and available at the following link: ZAZENKAI We start […]

Like Croaking Frogs

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXXI) Old Dogen sounds pretty critical here about some other Buddhist practices, such as chanting Nembutsu (chants of praise to a Buddha) and reading Sutras. But what is he really saying?  He is certainly not against all study of […]

Pulling Weeds

posted by Jundo Cohen

Our topic today is ‘Samu’ … Work Practice … … which is just Zazen working … WhileZazen is at the heart of our Way, other aspects of traditional ZenPractice also should be introduced and encouraged. I have been meaningto do […]

Let’s Play! / Taking A Break

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXX) The topic for today is whether it is okay to take a break from Zen Practice sometimes … … but before I get to that, I want to return briefly to something I was called on by a […]

Putting Down Our Toys, Learning to Play (REDUX)

posted by Jundo Cohen

  I AM PRESENTING THIS TALK A SECOND TIME, AS WE HAD A FEW RECORDING ISSUES A FEW DAYS AGO … (BENDOWA XXIX) Uchiyama Roshi comments on this section: The meaning of the third question is: Okay. Zazen is good. […]

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, […]

Like A Buddha Changing a Tire?

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXVIII) In other words … Someone asks … “Hey Dogen, your wild talk of “Zazen as the way of the Buddhas and Ancestors” is tough for ordinary folks to grasp. There are many schools of Buddhism which propose that […]

Just Sit, Just Live

posted by Jundo Cohen

This Way of ‘Just Sitting’ is also our Way of ‘Just Living’ … (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.  

A Bad Dream

posted by Jundo Cohen

Man, I just woke up from a pretty bad dream. I don’t remember all the details … something about getting fired and losing a job  I had years ago.  (I guess a lot of folks are having … or living […]

Our May 4-Hour ‘Live’ ‘Zazenkai’ Zen Meditation Netcast

posted by Jundo Cohen

Please join our MAY 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! Please […]

If It Was Good Enough For The Buddhas (Continued) …

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXVII) I want to continue and clarify a couple of things mentioned in the last talk … I asked: But, in fact, did all the Buddhas and Ancestors practice exactly the form of Zazen we practice? No …  and […]

If It Was Good Enough For The Buddhas …

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXVI) In the remaining pages of Bendowa, Master Dogen answers a series of 18 questions about the whys and hows of Zazen … First, he starts off by saying that Zazen is the gateway to truth, to what the […]

Settling The Waters

posted by Jundo Cohen

The way to settle the ripples in a vessel of agitated water is not by doing something … not by patting down the ripples with our hand, not by blowing on them or trying to will them down … but […]

Zen At The Movies

posted by Jundo Cohen

In transit, coming back from a retreat, so no netcast today … Instead, a few jotted words on “Enlightenment”, and its various interpretations … doodlings on a train … Let me use a “movie theater” parable for the point I […]

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

posted by Jundo Cohen

… although pre-recorded today as I am at a Zen Retreat for the next few days, at a Zen temple deep in the mountains here in Japan (Let me also mention that our MONTHLY 4-HOUR ‘LIVE’ ZAZENKAI WILL BE HELD […]

Sound the Retreat!

posted by Jundo Cohen

I am off to a Zen Retreat for the next few days, at a Zen temple deep in the mountains, invited by a friend who is the priest there … which means: OUR MONTHLY 4-HOUR ‘LIVE’ ZAZENKAI WILL BE HELD […]

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