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Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva? – The Virtue of Meditation

posted by Jundo Cohen

On Today’s “Top Ten” Countdown of the  “Pure Virtues of the Bodhisattva” … … we come to No. 5 …  Meditation .. Dhyana … (not to be confused with the 50’s song ‘Diana’ …  Hold me, darling, ho-ho hold me […]

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Zazen in the MRI Machine

posted by Jundo Cohen

I had my annual physical today, the way they do it in Japan. (Wow, I hope my fellow Americans soon get a national health insurance system like they have here in Japan … let’s just say that there is not […]

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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 … However, for technical reasons, today’s sitting has been pre-recorded. We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH (see below), then sit about […]

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A Wordless Smile (and Celestial Beings too)

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXXVI) Master Dogen upheld Zazen … not only as one Buddhist Practice among many Buddhist practices … but as … THE Buddhist Practice. I think Dogen can make a good case for his assertion being right. Zazen is what […]

There Is No ‘Zen Sect’ !!

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXXV) We have been looking in recent days at the “Perfections of the Bodhisattva” … one of which is said to be “meditation” (along with practicing charity, keeping the Precepts etc.). “So“, the questioner asks, “since all Buddhists traditionally […]

Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva? – The Virtue of Effort

posted by Jundo Cohen

Last time, in our discussion of the Ten Pure Virtues or “Perfections” (Paramitas) of the Bodhisattva path … we talked about “Patience” … … and today we will talk about the Perfection of Effort and Diligence (Virya Paramita). All the […]

Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva? – The Virtue of Patience

posted by Jundo Cohen

Ten Pure Virtues or “Perfections” (Paramitas in Sanskrit) are fundamental to the Bodhisattva path. Today, we will discuss the Perfection of Patience  (Kshanti Paramita) If the video does not work today … please consider it a perfect chance to put […]

Our Special Zazenkai Honoring Rev. Jiho Sargent

posted by Jundo Cohen

Please join our SPECIAL ZAZENKAI in honor and memory of someone who was my friend and informally my ‘teacher’ of many years, Rev. Jiho Sargent, who left this little world this week. Our sitting today, as were Jiho’s Sunday Zazenkais […]

Old Master Stone

posted by Jundo Cohen

We welcome back a very special guest teacher today … … a true rock star, one of the original ‘Rolling Stones’ (and before anyone asks … No, I am not ‘stoned’) As the sound is not very clear at points, […]

(Un)Turning Japanese

posted by Jundo Cohen

. Someone wrote our Treeleaf Forum to comment … I personally feel that there’s a wall between me and organized zenbecause organized zen is either Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, orChinese, and I am none of those. I’m just a guy in […]

Rev. Jiho Sargent Has Passed …

posted by Jundo Cohen

Rev. Jiho Sargent has left this little world. A Soto priest, a friend, guide, mother and tough as nailsvoice of reason and common sense for many people from around the world who sat Zazen with her in Tokyo over many […]

Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva? – The Virtue of the Precepts

posted by Jundo Cohen

Ten Pure Virtues or “Perfections” (Paramitas in Sanskrit) are fundamental to the Bodhisattva path. Today, we will discuss the Perfection of an ethical life, in keeping with the Precepts  (Shila Paramita)  (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a […]

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

posted by Jundo Cohen

FOR TECHNICAL REASONS, TODAY’S ‘LIVE’ ZAZEN IS … PRE-RECORDED! 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 […]

Silent Sitting

posted by Jundo Cohen

No Talking, Just 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.  

HATE CRIME

posted by Jundo Cohen

Holocaust Museum Shooting: Racism and Reaction(from The Washington Post) Police are confirming that the suspect in the shooting today outsidethe Holocaust Museum in Washington is identified as 88-year-old JamesW. von Brunn, who decries Jews, blacks on rambling, racist and bitterlyanti-Semitic […]

Beyond “Common” vs. “Sacred” … All Is Set Free

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXXIV) Buddhists may disagree on various interpretations of the fine points of Buddhist philosophy … … But when just sitting, in the perfect action of embodying enlightenment, there is nothing upon which to disagree … nor anyone to disagree. […]

Practicing for Our ‘self’ / for Our ‘selves’

posted by Jundo Cohen

Sitting by ourself, alone on our Zafu, working on our little ‘self’ … … seeking peace and understanding for ourself, in our own life … … It is so easy in this practice to become very ‘self’ centered, doing this […]

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

posted by Jundo Cohen

Please join our JUNE MONTHLY 4-hour ‘Live from Treeleaf’ ZAZENKAI, recorded in “real time” and available at the following links: SMALL CAUTION: Due to a TECHNICAL GLITCH, the recording is divided into 2 parts this time as follows: 00:00 – […]

Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva? – The Virtue of Generosity

posted by Jundo Cohen

Ten Pure Virtues or “Perfections” (Paramitas in Sanskrit) are fundamental to the Bodhisattva path. Today, we will discuss Generosity (Dana Paramita)  (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended) To […]

All Talk, No Action

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXXIII) In other words …. Sometimes Buddhists teachings come without words, taught by grass, flowers, mountains, stones and such. In fact, we might say that every atom of the universe holds and preaches all the Buddha’s teachings. But experiencing […]

This One Practice

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXXII) In other words … Question: There are other popular sects of Buddhism these days that have some very ornate traditions, and they are certainly a lot more colorful than Zen. Some of their doctrines are pretty mysterious, claim […]

Hair & the Buddhist ‘Monk’

posted by Jundo Cohen

Some folks have written recently to ask, Hey, Jundo! What’s with all the hair & the beard? I thought Zen monks are supposed to shave? Well, many Zen teachers of old had hair and/or beards … … and even recent […]

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Joyful Mind, Motherly Mind, Great Mind ( ... and thank you to Beliefnet)
( Dogen's Instructions for the Cook - XXXIII)As we close this year 2009 ... all is truly but a constant beginning, ever new ...And as we conclude our reading of the Tenzo Kyokun, there remains ongoing life and practice ...In these final passages, Master Dogen reminds us to be joyful, to take care of

posted 3:12:37am Dec. 31, 2009 | read full post »

Between Heaven and Hell
(And, in case you have not heard ... after a lovely year here at Beliefnet.com, our daily "Sit-a-long with Jundo" Zazen netcasts will be moving home on January 1st to SHAMBHALA SUNSPACE, the webpage of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma magazines, where we will be a daily featured Buddhist blog ...

posted 3:45:48am Dec. 30, 2009 | read full post »

Life Is Our Temple
( Dogen's Instructions for the Cook - XXXI)Right here, right now ... this is the time and place of realization  ... awakening and making it real ...___________________________When I observedaccomplished people in the past who held the position of cook, their personalqualities were naturally in

posted 7:54:33am Dec. 29, 2009 | read full post »

'Mondays with TAIGU' - A New Year ... No Expectations ...
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posted 2:38:50am Dec. 28, 2009 | read full post »

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