Treeleaf Zen

Treeleaf Zen


Sitting With The World

posted by Jundo Cohen


My old buddy from Florida, Sid, sent me the following … so much of the same cut as Shikantaza,  so beautifully stated …

A few of the subtle points of Buddhist philosophy and Master Dogen aside, it is a lovely description of basic “Just Sitting”.

It would be good to read it a few times and take it to heart. Here is the main part …


Sitting With The World

Take a seat …and just sit. …. Relax.  Don’t try to do anything at all.  Don’t try to make anything
come, don’t try to make anything go leave.  Let everything do its own
work, chart its own course.

As you sit, just sit with the world, with whatever is there, all of the
arisings and passings away in your mind, body, and environment.  As you
notice sights and sounds, thoughts and feelings, memories and
anticipations, relax into them.  Relax your mind and body.  Actively do
nothing.  Make no efforts.  Just sit, just be, at least for now.

Let go of all of the things that frantically direct your day-to-day
existence: me, him, her, past, future, plans, desires, aversions, hopes,
goals, concerns, anticipations, fears, everything.  Don’t grasp at
any of these things, don’t resist any of them.  Just sit with
whatever is there.  Things naturally settle this way, and the mind comes
to peace.

The mentality is this.  There is nowhere that you need to go, nothing
that you need to achieve, no one that you need to be.  Those ideas are
illusions, fabrications of the mind.  You are complete and whole where
you are, just sitting with the world….

____________________________________
(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.

 



Advertisement
Comments read comments(5)
post a comment
Cam

posted October 23, 2009 at 5:06 pm


Nice poem. I’m tempted to get into those subtle points. I see 3 or 4, two being pretty much the same thing… Anyway, I think this is a good read to consider when things get unnecessarily complicated.
Thanks,
Cam



report abuse
 

ron

posted October 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm


Perfect!



report abuse
 

Anan E. Maus

posted October 25, 2009 at 9:01 pm


Every time I stray from center, I am fascinated at the power of meditation to return me, however far I stray.



report abuse
 

Tina

posted November 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm


Thank you for sharing “Sitting With The World.” The gentle reminder of being present in this moment… in stillness, letting go, and simply resting in awareness without doing anything.



report abuse
 

Hesam

posted November 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm


Beautiful passage, so true, so solid, ever flowing… something everyone needs to experience for themselves… can’t be taught.. and even tho this is eastern in principle this is universal wisdom… something Jesus, Paul, and Jacob illustrated in their teachings… Rumi as well would have embraced these words… so lucky to be reminded again, thank you Tree Leaf…



report abuse
 

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Treeleaf Zen. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Zen Moments Inspiration Report Happy Reading!!!

posted 9:26:10am Jul. 06, 2012 | read full post »

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 ...
A new year ... no expectations ...(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 ... si

posted 2:38:50am Dec. 28, 2009 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.