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Pu’uhonua o Honaunau

posted by Jundo Cohen

I can’t post a video today … but I had the privilege of sitting a little Zazen this morning at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, an old Hawaiian religious site and place of refuge, now a U.S. National Park … Puuhonua o […]

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Ocean Alone

posted by Jundo Cohen

. Then only the sea remains … the sitter gone from view. THERE IS NO BELL TO START OR END TODAY’s SITTING … just the sea … (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 […]

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Ocean

posted by Jundo Cohen

. I am on the ‘Big Island” of Hawaii. The ocean is found in all directions. Today, I swam around a little reef near shore, borrowing my son’s mask and snorkel. Fish were everywhere, yellow, bright red, blue and black. […]

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Zazen in a Cheap Motel

posted by Jundo Cohen

.Zazen today in the motel where we are staying … ’cause my family and I are on vacation! I mean Buddhists are allowed to have fun too … and frolic on the beach sometimes. It’s not all about ‘suffering‘ you […]

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posted by Jundo Cohen

NOTE FROM JUNDO – I AM CAMPING IN A STATE PARK WITH MY FAMILY TODAY ON THE ‘BIG ISLAND’ OF HAWAII … I HAVE COME TO LOOK AT LAVA POUR FROM THE EARTH. HOWEVER, THAT MEANS THAT TODAY’s ZAZEN MUST […]

Fear of Flying

posted by Jundo Cohen

. Some bouncy turbulence on our Pacific flight, and I sit a littlepacific Zazen. Dogen and many teachers of centuries past crossed toChina in wooden boats, on voyages taking days or weeks, meeting stormsand constant dangers. I can only imagine […]

Eclipse of the Sun … with my Son

posted by Jundo Cohen

..Sitting Zazen during a TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN … Total eclipse envelops Asia in darkness (CNN) Darkness fell across parts of China and India on Wednesday morning as atotal solar eclipse passed across the world’s most populous countries,bringing throngs […]

A Moment In The Park

posted by Jundo Cohen

. JUST BEING “IN THE MOMENT” …     …  FOR A MOMENT IN THE PARK (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended) To subscribe to “Treeleaf Zen” click […]

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, […]

How to Attain Enlightenment …

posted by Jundo Cohen

… by dropping all need and effort to attain enlightenment … … thus, enlightenment immediately attained! It is often said that our Shikantaza way is about “not seeking“, being “goalless“, abandoning the need and search for “enlightenment” … It is […]

Enlightenment-Dancing Dancing-Enlightenment

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXXIX) This passage may be a bit clearer if we think of the practice of Zazen as  … not really a means to obtain enlightenment … but a “dance of original enlightenment” … … a dance that both celebrates, […]

Right Here All Along

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXXVIII) In other words … Someone asks Dogen … “Hey Dogen, if Zazen is a way for unenlightened folks to get enlightened … is there any reason for enlightened folks to continue Zazen after they get enlightened?” Dogen responds, […]

Roller Coaster (Oh baby, you know what I’m talking about)

posted by Jundo Cohen

Oh baby you know what I’m talking aboutRollercoaster of Loveoh yeah it’s Rollercoaster time . (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 … Though our chanting will be a bit quiet tonight, as we have children visiting and trying to sleep near where we sit Zazen!  We start with 3 floor prostrations (or […]

Zazen & the Colonoscopy

posted by Jundo Cohen

. Our series on “Zazen in the Hospital” continues with today’s adventure in my “soon turning 50” routine medical check up … the dreaded: COLONOSCOPY … (A little more dreaded here in Japan, where no anesthesia is used and the […]

Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva? – The Virtue of Wisdom

posted by Jundo Cohen

Ten Pure Virtues or “Perfections” are fundamental to the Bodhisattva path. Now we come to Wisdom (Prajna Paramita) In Mahayana Buddhism, this means seeing into, piercing  … emptiness …  being, allowing, witnessing and losing ourselves in … the dance of […]

Zazen in the ER (for our son)

posted by Jundo Cohen

NOTE FROM JUNDO: THANK YOU TO ALL THE FOLKS WHO WROTE. LEON IS DOING FINE TODAY. AMAZING HOW FAST KIDS CAN RECOVER SOMETIMES. Spent the evening in the emergency room for our son … sudden 40C/104F fever … He’s ok […]

Our July 4-Hour ‘Live’ Zazenkai Netcast

posted by Jundo Cohen

Please join our JULY MONTHLY 4-hour ‘Live from Treeleaf’ ZAZENKAI, recorded in “real time” and available at the following links: The recording is divided into 2 parts as follows (click on the blue link) : 00:00 – 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART […]

As Buddhas Do, So Should You

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XXXVII) Though every action may be said to be “Zazen” in its limitless meaning … whether walking, standing, running, sitting or reclining … … there’s something special about Zazen seated in the cross-legged position. One reason is that it […]

The Freedom of Doing Without

posted by Jundo Cohen

I would like to recommend another small daily practice that can fit into any life … … voluntarily, each day, doing without something desired. (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes […]

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