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Joyful Mind, Motherly Mind, Great Mind ( … and thank you to Beliefnet)

posted by Jundo Cohen

( 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 […]

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Between Heaven and Hell

posted by Jundo Cohen

(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 […]

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Life Is Our Temple

posted by Jundo Cohen

( 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 […]

‘Mondays with TAIGU’ – A New Year … No Expectations …

posted by Jundo Cohen

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, […]

Join our Weekly ‘SATURDAY (almost) LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Real-Time Zen Meditation TONIGHT!

posted by Jundo Cohen

Due to technical difficulties … A PRE-RECORDED ‘RE-SIT’ TODAY … Please join our weekly “(almost) Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai meditation … We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH (see below), then […]

Service to Others … as Oneself

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XXX) The value of service to others … as oneself, not two ___________________________ Inthe many monasteries of the mountains of Song China that I have seen, the monksholding the various offices train in […]

A Merry Buddhist Christmas!

posted by Jundo Cohen

I would like to wish each and all members of Treeleaf, and our “Sit-a-Long” family, a Very Merry Christmas … …. as well as All the Happy Holidays of Peace and Goodwil, whenever and whatever they are …  … and […]

Second Jundo

posted by Jundo Cohen

Well, I am tickled to present my recent talk in Second Life … The elaborate golden robes were chosen for me … as was the body complete with 6-Pack abs! It truly is a fantasy world!  But my son is […]

‘Mondays with TAIGU’ – The Ten Oxherding Pictures (VI)

posted by Jundo Cohen

        Continuing our glimpse at … … catching a glimpse, the watcher (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 […]

Join our Weekly ‘SATURDAY (almost) LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Real-Time Zen Meditation TONIGHT!

posted by Jundo Cohen

As I’m in hospital a few days, A PRE-RECORDED ‘RE-SIT’ TODAY … Please join our weekly “(almost) Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai meditation … We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH (see […]

In The Hospital

posted by Jundo Cohen

In the hospital for a little touch of pneumonia ,,, for a few days, doctor says. So, please sit around the bed with me today. When one coughs, just cough … that too is Zazen. Wheeze wheeze is Buddha’s Teaching. […]

‘Thursday? with TAIGU’ – The Ten Oxherding Pictures (V)

posted by Jundo Cohen

catching a glimpse, the watcher (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 […]

Home for the Holidays …

posted by Jundo Cohen

(Monday with Taigu will be Wednesday!) Heading home to see family and friends always presents a few special “opportunities for Practice” at this time of year … And speaking of home … after a lovely year here at Beliefnet.com, our […]

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

posted by Jundo Cohen

NEW HOME:  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 […]

New Home

posted by Jundo Cohen

A couple of big announcements here  … First, thanks to our wonderful carpenters, the new/old Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan is now about ready … the tatami mats are in, the Zafus, and Buddha is in his place … […]

Shirking

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XXIX) Hey, I think we’ve all worked with a guy like this at one time or another … … In fact, this guy is –me– more of the time than I care to […]

People Will Be People …

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XXVIII) We continue with Master Dogen’s Tenzo Kyokun … Today, I happened to hear from a couple of people who were disappointed by someone in their lives … friends, family members, co-workers who […]

TREELEAF SANGHA online 2-DAY ANGO-JUKAI-ROHATSU RETREAT — 2009 –

posted by Jundo Cohen

  WELCOME … … to the “ALL_ONLINE” ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Rohatsu Retreat‘, which was held by LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 5 and 6, 2009.   HOWEVER, you may still join the Retreat and sit-a-long at ANY TIME ‘ON DEMAND’, […]

RETREAT !! RETREAT!! (VII) – Oryoki Part II

posted by Jundo Cohen

NOTE TO EVERYONE SITTING THE RETREAT: Please look at the sitting time schedule (to be the same as last year HERE) and plan out which recorded periods you will sit, and which live versions you will be able to sit […]

RETREAT !! RETREAT!! (VI) – Oryoki Part I

posted by Jundo Cohen

We will be making a simple ‘Oryoki set for our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over this coming weekend of DECEMBER 5 and 6, 2009 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On […]

RETREAT !! RETREAT!! (V) – Nature Calls

posted by Jundo Cohen

We continue preparations for our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over this coming weekend of DECEMBER 5 and 6, 2009 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE … […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – The Ten Oxherding Pictures (IV)

posted by Jundo Cohen

dancing with shadows … At the waters edge, under the trees – hoofmarks are numerous. Balmy grasses grow abundantly – can you see them or not?Even if you go deeper and deeper into the mountains,How could his nostrils, well compassing […]

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 5 minutes or so […]

RETREAT !! RETREAT!! (IV) – Bowing

posted by Jundo Cohen

At our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 5 and 6, 2009 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE … … there will be […]

RETREAT !! RETREAT!! (III) – Whatsa Buddha Statue?

posted by Jundo Cohen

It is traditional to have a Buddha Statue in the Zen Hall … or, rather, a statue of Manjusri Bodhisattva astride a Lion, a symbol of Wisdom … But, really, any Buddha (or Bodhisattva) statue or picture will do. In […]

‘WEDNESDAY with TAIGU’ – The Ten Oxherding Pictures (III)

posted by Jundo Cohen

The first picture    …  The Seeker On his blog, Mike Dosho Port quotes Andy Ferguson’s translation  of a poem by Sensu Tokujo, one of our Chinese ancestors: Letting down the line ten thousand feet, A single breaking wave makes ten thousand ripples. At […]

RETREAT !! RETREAT!! (II)

posted by Jundo Cohen

Today we will look at how to enter, walk through and be seated in the ”Zendo‘ ( ‘Sitting Hall’ ) … For our Retreat, it is suggested that one find a quiet, isolated space at home, where one can be […]

Honored Teacher: Azuma Roshi

posted by Jundo Cohen

I sat a short Zazenkai this weekend with my first teacher in Japan, Azumu Ikuo Roshi (東 郁雄), a great Dogen scholar and former instructor at Soji-ji … now age 92 and sharp as a tack. Here he is Saturday, […]

Join our Weekly ‘SATURDAY (almost) LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Real-Time Zen Meditation TONIGHT!

posted by Jundo Cohen

A PRE-RECORDED ‘RE-SIT’ TODAY, as I am attending a retreat in another part of Japan with Azuma Ikuo Roshi, my old teacher who is visiting from Kyushu … Please join our weekly “(almost) Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai meditation … We […]

RETREAT !! RETREAT!! (I)

posted by Jundo Cohen

.We will have a few talks over the coming week or two, in preparation for our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘, scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 5 and 6, 2009! (and available in recorded form after that, […]

Carving Buddhas

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XXVII) We continue our look at equanimity … equanimity hand-in-hand with sincere endeavor. The two would seem to be at odds. But the two tastes can be one taste … one beyond one […]

Karma Chameleon

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XXVI) The section we discussed yesterday mentions “Karma” and rebirth… so this is a good time for me to express a personal view on that. My view is just my view, but is […]

Equanimity, Gratitude, Respect … Sincerity, Generosity

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XXV) In this section, Master Dogen continues to counsel that we should take the ingredients that life hands us and treat them with each of equanimity, gratitude and respect … even if poor […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – The Ten Oxherding Pictures (II)

posted by Jundo Cohen

the 10 simultaneous pictures _______________________ (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 5 minutes or so […]

Master Dogen, Business Consultant ?!?

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XXIV) We could almost write a modern corporate management advice book with this stuff … Maybe we can say that, even if the head of the whole organization, the president of the company […]

One Flavor, Five Poisons

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XXIII) Maybe we could say this like this … In cooking your life out of life’s cookbook … you had better see clearly what’s what. If you do so, you may be able […]

Raining

posted by Jundo Cohen

Raining, all day today, cold …. brrrrrrr … (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.  

Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva? – The Virtue of Knowledge

posted by Jundo Cohen

The Tenth of the Bodhisattva’s Ten Virtues is …. Knowledge (Jñāna) … In Saving All Sentient Beings … Knowledge Goes a Long Way … (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – The Ten Oxherding Pictures (I) …… (How to read a Zen text)

posted by Jundo Cohen

Thisis an Enso from the great Zen teacher Nantembo who lived a century ago,his temple in Nishinomiya is very close to where I live. Itsays: Everything fundamentally is perfect roundness in this world. Assoon as you are born in this […]

Please join our NOVEMBER 4-Hour ‘LIVE’ ZAZENKAI NETCAST!

posted by Jundo Cohen

This month’s sitting and ceremony is dedicated to a friend whose son is leaving for service in Afghanistan … and to all such families … Please join our NOVEMBER MONTHLY 4-hour ‘Live from Treeleaf’ ZAZENKAI, recorded in “real time” and […]

One, seven, three, five –

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XXII) Master Dogen continues his story of the Yuwang Monastery cook. (I have added capitalized notes inspired by Uchiyama Roshi’s comments) … I again asked the cook:“You are venerable in years; why don’t […]

Second Life … LIVE November 14 @ 5 PM SLT (PDT)

posted by Jundo Cohen

(there is no video today … ) Well, I just had the pleasure of visiting a Meditation Hall with 1,300 members, from all Buddhist traditions … some of whom are pirates, golden fairies, meditating dogs, flying dragons and …. the […]

If not me, who? If not now, when?

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XXI) In the following section, Master Dogen recounts his encounters in China with two old Tenzo  … The stories speak for themselves today … so I’ll let them … (I’ll have a little […]

Self Responsibility

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XX) This is a chance to talk about Buddhist practice and personal (or “self”) responsibility. The world and our self are not two, meaning that we can do a lot to repair this […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – simplicity

posted by Jundo Cohen

simplicity, please … (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 5 minutes or so […]

Treeleaf Japan’s New/Old Zen Hall – Under Construction

posted by Jundo Cohen

Construction has begun on converting an old wooden building at Treeleaf in Tsukuba into a hall for sitting Zazen. I cannot post a sitting today, so offer this short tribute to the carpenter (Mr. Aita) and architect (Mr. Ushioda), good […]

Making Merit, Making Bows

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XIX) …. all things intra-penetrating  …  We receive aid and support from others, we give to others, we bow in gratitude. _____________________________ When a patron comesinto the monastery and donates money to hold […]

Guishan or the Buffalo?

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XVIII) The ordinary is the most wondrous, all things intra-penetrating yet just as they are … Dosho Port (on his blog, wild fox zen) has a wonderful rephrase of the reference to Luling […]

Three Tenths, Four Tenths; One Half, Two Halves

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XVII) This section always reminds me of the old child’s riddle: How do you divide equally 16 apples among 17 people?? Answer:  MAKE APPLESAUCE !! _____________________________ When you return to yourquarters, right away […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – the teacher and the teachings

posted by Jundo Cohen

The subject of the nature of a teacher and the teachings has been discussed on our Treeleaf Forum recently … FORUM LINK (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended) […]

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, […]

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 […]

Up & Down Tsukuba-San

posted by Jundo Cohen

I climbed from the bottom to the top of Mount Tsukuba, the famous mountain near Treeleaf (in Tsukuba, Japan) … sat some Zazen … then climbed back down again … A little custom of mine, a climb to no where […]

Not That Side, Not This Side

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XVI) A chant heard daily in Zen temples is the “Sandokai“, the “Merging of Relative and Absolute“, by Sekito Kisen, the 8th Zen Ancestor in China. It includes images such as these, speaking […]

One Eye, Two Eyes … A Six-Foot Body Of A Buddha …

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XV) Uchiyama Roshi translates this section in a very nice way … It is vital that we clarify and harmonize our lives with our work, and not lose sight of either the absolute […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – about the verse of the kesa

posted by Jundo Cohen

When Dogen was in China, he heard this verse that we are all still chanting as we are about to put the Kesa on.  Vast is the robe of liberation  formless robe, field of happiness.  I wear the Tathagatha’s teaching  […]

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posted by Jundo Cohen

DUE TO THE NETCAST EQUIPMENT NOT DOING ITS THING … TODAY IS A RECORDED ‘RE-SIT’ …  THANK YOU FOR SITTING ANYWAY … Please join our weekly “Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai meditation … We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep […]

Anxiety

posted by Jundo Cohen

I received an e-mail with an important topic this past week … Hello Jundo I have been watching your video’s on TreeleafZendo for a few months. I really enjoy it, I see things with manydifferent points of view, and keep […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ (on Thursday) – the maple leaf

posted by Jundo Cohen

… life … death … … showing front, back … the falling maple leaf … (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.

Turn around the light to shine within …

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XIV) In another great early work, Fukanzazengi, Dogen writes … Put aside the intellectual practice of investigating words and chasing phrases, and learn to take the backward step that turns the light and […]

Wild Horses and Jumping Monkeys

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XIII) Like wild horses and crazy monkeys. I am going to spend a couple of days with this passage …  taming those horses, calming those monkeys … (You will hear and see our […]

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

posted by Jundo Cohen

Please join our weekly “Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai meditation … Tonight is dedicated to John Daido Loori Roshi … a great teacher to so many, a wonderful heart, a root of the tree of Zen in the West … who […]

It Helps To Be Dead

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XII ) Let’s talk about old, long dead guys. They are a tough act to follow. _____________________________ Withresolve and sincerity, one should aim to exceed the ancients in purity andsurpass the former worthies […]

Going Back A Bit (By Special Request from Fugen)

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XI ) Someone in our Sangha made a special request for me to jump back a bit, to a couple of lines I had passed over.  He likes the quote … So, will […]

Introducing ‘Tin Tin Sensei’ …

posted by Jundo Cohen

This little funny going around the Zen-blogosphere reminded me that I should introduce our newest Zen teacher at Treeleaf …. Tin Tin Sensei (he even looks a little like the cat in the picture)  … Ya see … unlike you […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – Kesa

posted by Jundo Cohen

Kesa (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 OCTOBER 4-Hour ‘Live’ Zazenkai Netcast

posted by Jundo Cohen

Please join our OCTOBER MONTHLY 4-hour ‘Live from Treeleaf’ ZAZENKAI, recorded in “real time” and available at the following links: Part of our Zazenkai was taken over by our new kitten … and by our son chasing after his new […]

To Dad

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – X ) Some people are just “naturally Zen” … … naturally wise, compassionate, tolerant and strong through much of their life … no matter what it hands them …  … like my late […]

A Shrine in a Blade of Grass …

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – IX ) Today’s passage makes reference to a famous Koan and story … When the World-honored One [The Buddha] waswalking with the assembly of his followers, he pointed to the ground with hishand […]

The mind and all things

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – VIII ) A pair of other translations of the first lines of this passage. First, by Uchiyama Roshi … Both day and night, allow all things to come into and reside within your […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – beginners mind

posted by Jundo Cohen

As I was on my way to Kyoto this morning, i wrote the followings cheap poems: Books and ideas are far too serious Children and walks will show you the way All these words pointing at the ineffable snow on […]

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, […]

Accepting what is given …

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – VII ) Cheerfully accepting what one is handed … … yet sincerely and carefully doing one’s best to make it good **(Before the noon meal, the tenzo conducts a service in the kitchen […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ (on Wednesday) – Kannon As Life

posted by Jundo Cohen

dewdrops are dancing on pampas grass and how the moon is sailing above them all!! Ryokan Farfrom being a distant and benevolent Boddhistava ,Kannon can be seen asthe dynamic radiance of stillness, it arises from the mudra ofnon-duality and shines […]

Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva? – (MORE) The Virtue of Mystical Powers

posted by Jundo Cohen

More of the Bodhisattva Virtue of Miraculous, Mystical Powers (bala) In the Tashintsû (Penetration of Other’s Minds) portion of the Shôbôgenzô, the subject is mental telepathy, one of the supernormal powers (abhijñâ)regularly said in Buddhist literature to be accessible to […]

A SPECIAL 2-Hour “LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Real-Time Zazenkai — Celebrating the First Day of Jukai Study!

posted by Jundo Cohen

Welcome to our Special “Live fromTreeleaf” Zazen marking the FIRST DAY (although really without beginning or end) of our Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts) Study and Preparations.  Please note the Rev. Taigu, who was supposed to lead things today, is sick […]

Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva? – The Virtue of Mystical Powers

posted by Jundo Cohen

We now come to the Bodhisattva Virtue of  …. Miraculous, Mystical Powers (bala) Mahayana sutras and lore refer to a variety of supernatural powers developed through meditation and Buddhist practice, said of aid to the Bodhisattva … such as the […]

Every precious thing …

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – VI ) Waste not, want not … Everything always in its place … The reference to “high and low” places is from this Koan concerning GuishanLingyou (771-853) and his disciple Yangshan Huiji (807-883). […]

Rolling up one’s sleeves …

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – V ) Getting up from the Zafu and down to work … Looking in to oneself and changing out … _____________________________ In the past, eminentmen in possession of the way practiced in this […]

Overturing the Rice Bucket

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – IV ) In this passage, the “six flavors” are bitter, sour, sweet, salty, mild and hot. The “three virtues” are to be light & gentle, pure & healthy, and prepared correctly. Life, like […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – the bowl of dirty soup

posted by Jundo Cohen

On Metta … and letting go of the territory as well as the owner … (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.

On the Anniversary of 9-11

posted by Jundo Cohen

A Buddhist Response to Terror … ______________________________________________ (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 … BUT DUE TO TECHNICAL REASONS, TODAY’S ZAZENKAI IS RECORDED … so,  ‘LIVED FROM TREELEAF’ … a ‘RE-SIT’ … FOR WHICH I APOLOGIZE … We start with 3 floor prostrations (or […]

Tired, Nothing to Say

posted by Jundo Cohen

I’m tired, nothing to say … ( and that’s maybe the best talk of all ) ______________________________________________ (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended) To subscribe to “Treeleaf Zen” […]

Not A Single Moment of Carelessness …

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – III ) Doing things carefully … the Zen way … _____________________________ Next, the variousstewards consult in the store hall about what seasonings should be used on thefollowing day, what vegetables should be eaten, […]

Frugal, Simple

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – II ) Keeping it simple … _____________________________ When this mountain monk[I, Dôgen] was in Song China,on my days off I inquired of retired elderly monks who had held minor andimportant offices, and they […]

The Zen Way of Cooking

posted by Jundo Cohen

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – I ) For our ongoing 100-day ANGO … let’s start cooking … If you would like to find the complete translation we will be using … SOTO ZEN TEXT PROJECT _____________________________ Buddhist monasteries […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – suchness

posted by Jundo Cohen

… just suchness … (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 SEPTEMBER 4-Hour ‘LIVE’ ZAZENKAI NETCAST!

posted by Jundo Cohen

This month’s sitting and ceremony is dedicated to Dennis, who left this world a few days ago, to his family and to his very good friend … Please join our AUGUST MONTHLY 4-hour ‘Live from Treeleaf’ ZAZENKAI, recorded in “real […]

Our theme today is … Peace …

posted by Jundo Cohen

PEACE ______________________________________________ (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.  

Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva? – The Virtue of Vow & Commitment

posted by Jundo Cohen

In keeping with our 100-day Ango Practice Season, we look at the Bodhisattva Virtue of  …. Vow and Commitment (pranidhana) The most fundamental Bodhisattva’s vows are these four, which we chant daily … To save all sentient beings, though beings […]

EVIL! – A Buddhist perspective on the Garrido Dugard Kidnapping Case and like horrors ..

posted by Jundo Cohen

I offer a Buddhist Perspective on one of the many unspeakable horrors and tragedies that are sometime encountered in this world ….   (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is […]

The Meal Verse and Aware Eating

posted by Jundo Cohen

For our ongoing 100-day ANGO Special Practice Season (SEE HERE) … … one encouraged practice is the recitation of a Meal Verse prior to each meal. Here is one we have used during Retreats at Treeleaf that I suggest … […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – the unknown

posted by Jundo Cohen

… meeting the unknown … (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 SPECIAL “LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Real-Time Zazenkai — Celebrating the First Day of Our 100-Day ANGO!

posted by Jundo Cohen

Welcome to our Special “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen marking the FIRST DAY (although really without beginning or end) of our 100-DAY ‘ANGO’ PRACTICE SEASON OUR ANGO SITTING NETCAST CAN BE VIEWED HERE (on Ustream) ZAZEN NETCAST PLEASE NOTE THAT THE […]

Whattsa Who’sa Bodhisattva? – The Virtue of Skillful Means

posted by Jundo Cohen

We continue with our series on the Ten Pure Virtues or “Perfections” of a Bodhisattva …. with Skillful Means (Upaya) Historian and Soto Zen Priest Taigen Dan Leighton writes … Skillful Means, upaya in Sanskrit … is an essential concept […]

The Dancers The Dance

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XLII) In today’s section of Bendowa, Master Dogen presents a rather philosophical argument (reprinted in full below) upholding the Buddha’s rejection of the idea of a separate “soul” or “mind essence’ which continues on, and is later reborn, after […]

Bienvenue à Tenho

posted by Jundo Cohen

Rev. Tenho, a student and Dharma Heir of Jean-Marc, flew in today from France and is also visiting Treeleaf, Japan. I thought I would also let her introduce herself and lead the sit-a-long today. If you would like to see […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – ANGO

posted by Jundo Cohen

This week, Rev. Taigu talks about ANGO, a special 100 day Practice Period, as we will begin at Treeleaf in a few days … He writes:   This is the text quoted in the following talk. It was given at […]

Our SPECIAL 6-Hr Jean-Marc Bazy/Ango ZAZENKAI

posted by Jundo Cohen

WELCOME to our TREELEAF SPECIAL “ALL ONLINE” 6-HOUR ZAZENKAI with Jean-Marc “Tenryu” Bazy (founder and teacher of  l’association zen Dogen Sangha de Lyon-Villeurbanne, France) …  … recorded in “real time” and available “on demand”for sitting any time, any place, at […]

GOIN’ TO AN ANGO …

posted by Jundo Cohen

.THIS SATURDAY/SUNDAY (depending on location) … … to “unofficially” kick off our ANGO season a little early (“officially” beginning August 29th) … ANGO INFORMATION LINK … and to mark the visit to Treeleaf Tsukuba all this coming week of JEAN-MARC […]

Jump In, The Water’s Fine

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XLI) Today, a message for so-called “armchair Buddhists” … hesitant to get their feet wet … _____________________________ Questions Eight and Nine … [Someone]asks, “The masters who spread the teachings through our country in previous ageshad all entered Tang Chinaand […]

Play Ball!

posted by Jundo Cohen

Continuing with Master Dogen’s Bendowa … (BENDOWA XL) So, let’s say “enlightenment” is like baseball … Dogen went around visiting a lot of baseball stadiums, meeting the players and coaches … and here is what he learned about the playing […]

‘MONDAYS with TAIGU’ – Shikantaza 1

posted by Jundo Cohen

. I am happy to annouce a new weekly feature on the ‘sit-a-long’ … “MONDAYS with TAIGU” … a talk each Monday by Rev. Taigu Turlur, teacher at the Treeleaf Sangha … Welcome Taigu! Rev. Pierre Taigu Turlur (also know […]

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, […]

OBON ! Remembering our Ancestors, Honoring the Living

posted by Jundo Cohen

. This week (actually, the holiday is in both July and August) is the major Japanese Buddhist holiday of Obon … a time for remembering the deceased and our ancestors … Here is the description by the Soto Zen headquarters […]

ANNOUNCEMENT: ANGO! JUKAI!

posted by Jundo Cohen

No video today, but an ANNOUNCEMENT of our upcoming, “fully online” 100 day ‘ANGO’ … as well as Precepts study and Rakusu sewing in preparation for our next ‘JUKAI’ (Undertaking the Precepts Ceremony, scheduled for January 2010) … both resources […]

After The Storm

posted by Jundo Cohen

. Well, the typhoon passed, just a glance and a lot of rain here. Also, yesterday’s earthquakes did no more than rattle the roof a bit. All is still, peaceful and the sky is blue once again! I like sunny […]

Typhoon Comin’

posted by Jundo Cohen

There’s a typhoon heading toward where we are in Eastern Japan tonight, and it is interfering with the internet … so no video today … However, please sit with me in the coming storm. Hopefully, in this practice, we learn […]

Our August 4-Hour ‘Live’ Zazenkai Netcast

posted by Jundo Cohen

Please join our AUGUST 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 […]

Lava and Sea Zazen

posted by Jundo Cohen

.On our way back to Japan today … But this morning had the great experience of going on a boat and heading out to sea before sunrise to witness something that can be seen few places in the world … […]

Zazen in Pahoa

posted by Jundo Cohen

. I am in Pahao, Big Island, Hawaii tonight … great town, population 962 in the last census. Pretty much sitting right on top of Kilauea Volcano, which rips through this area with a flood of lava every few decades. […]

On The Road

posted by Jundo Cohen

. Still on the road with my family … today, in Volcano National Park A few Zazen tips for the traveler (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended) To […]

Join our Weekly ‘SATURDAY (was once) LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Real-Time Zen Meditation

posted by Jundo Cohen

NOTE FROM JUNDO – I AM WITH MY FAMILY TODAY ON THE ‘BIG ISLAND’ OF HAWAII WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS … I HAVE COME TO LOOK AT LAVA POUR FROM THE EARTH. HOWEVER, THAT MEANS THAT TODAY’s ZAZEN MUST BE RECORDED. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 … […]

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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 ...

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

Between Heaven and Hell
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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 ...

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, ...

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