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Zen and the Flu (Ah chooo)

posted by Jundo Cohen

How to “sit Zazen” when one has the flu, and can’teven sit? Just be “at one” with your runny nose, your aching bones, sneeze each sneeze as aperfect sneeze … and when you barf, taste that it is just the […]

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Master ‘Su su’

posted by Jundo Cohen

The start of April is the day when we traditionally celebrate in the Zen world the birth of that great Vietnamese Zen Patriarch, Master ‘Duc Tho’ (or as he is more commonly known to those who love him ‘Su su’) […]

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nobody in need of savin’ … so let’s get to work

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XVI) The “Six Realms” refer to the six heavens, hells and earthly states into which one may be reborn in traditional Buddhist thought. SIX REALMS But, even if we do not take that literally, we can also say that […]

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Thus Come One Thus Gone One Thus One

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XV) “Tathāgata” is a name which can have several meanings and interpretations, including one who has thus gone and one who has thus come, or one who has found the truth. It may also be taken as the one […]

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, […]

Spring Away

posted by Jundo Cohen

Just the other day, we could celebrate the warm coming of Spring …. It’s spring! But now, Spring is hiding itself, and a cold wet wind is blowing. All things come and go … I am reminded of this Koan […]

Buddha Mudra … And All Space In The Universe Completely Becomes Enlightenment

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XIV) “Mudra” means a spiritual or powerful gesture, often performed with the whole body. In this case, “Zazen“. Uchiyama Roshi explains … “When one displays the buddha mudra with one’s whole body and mind” means with one’s three kinds […]

As You Sit … The Buddhas Sit

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XIII) We’ll spend a few days with the words of this passage from Bendowa. Here, Master Dogen presents his view that, as you sit Zazen, the stones, grass, trees and stars are sitting Zazen. All the Buddhas and Ancestors […]

How Do I Know If I’m Doing Zen Right?

posted by Jundo Cohen

.. Almost every day, somebody asks me to judge whether they are making “progress” in their Zen practice … a practice that’s based on dropping all idea of “progress”. Yet, there are some ways to know that there’s been some […]

You Want Investment Advice … FROM A BUDDHIST PRIEST?!!

posted by Jundo Cohen

.. More frequently than ya might think, no kidding … folks ask me for advice on things like what to do in the stock market? HUH? I think the picture below about captures my surprise! Do they ask their stock […]

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, […]

Dropping Away Body and Mind

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XII) According to Master Dogen’s account of his time in China, one morning his teacher Ju-Ching found a monk dozing during Zazen. Dogen heard his teacher scold the sleeping monk, “The practice of zazen is the dropping away of […]

It’s Spring …

posted by Jundo Cohen

Just a simple celebration today of the coming of Spring. Don’t feel like talking much today … It’s spring! (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended) To subscribe to […]

More … ZAZEN ( that’s ZEN MEDITATION ) IS ALL YOU NEED!

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA XI) Master Dogen continues to tell us that “Zazen” ( that’s Zen meditation ) is all we need … enlightenment itself … And that means we don’t need to bother with all that other Buddhist stuff … like burning […]

ZAZEN (that’s ZEN MEDITATION) IS ALL YOU NEED!

posted by Jundo Cohen

(BENDOWA X) Today, Master Dogen begins to lay out his case that Zazen (a moment of Zen meditation) is all you need! AND HE WAS RIGHT! If you can come to see an instant of Zazen as complete, the only […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Cars

posted by Jundo Cohen

I was going to just share some happy news with everyone today: I passed my Japanese driver’s license test (considered one of the hardest in the world, by the way, and I failed twice! They make it tough to drive […]

Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Zen Meditation

posted by Jundo Cohen

[DUE TO A WEAK SIGNAL IN MY PRESENT LOCATION, TODAY’S ZAZENKAI IS PRE-RECORDED. HOWEVER, I WILL BE SITTING AT THE APPOINTED TIME] Please join our weekly “Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai meditation … We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep […]

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

posted by Jundo Cohen

. For all the talking we do around here on Zen Practice, the meaning of what’s shown in the following picture can never, ever be forgotten … look closely … very closely …. Understand? (PS – There is no netcast […]

A Graduation Meditation

posted by Jundo Cohen

Tomorrow, our son Leon has a little graduation ceremony from Kindergarten, and he’s about to start 1st grade. It is a day of joy, also mixed with a touch of sadness at passing time. How should we approach such moments […]

Master Bodhidharma Comes to the East (Bendowa IX)

posted by Jundo Cohen

In this section of Bendowa, Master Dogen recounts the tale of Zen Buddhism’s coming from India to China … Much of the story, we now know, is fictional … centered on historical characters who (if they lived at all) are […]

Great Ambition (Bendowa VIII)

posted by Jundo Cohen

.One might think that, in attaining the realization that he attained in China, Master Dogen would drop all thought of ambition, goals, something he needed to achieve in life. However, as the below section of Bendowa shows, he sure came […]

March 4-Hour ‘LIVE from TREELEAF’ ZAZENKAI!

posted by Jundo Cohen

Hi, Please join our MARCH 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! […]

Empty Handed (Bendowa VII)

posted by Jundo Cohen

. In today’s Bendowa, Master Dogen voyages to China (not a simple journey in the 13th century) searching for Truth … What did he gain while there? Soon after his return he was asked this very question. He responded … […]

When the “Teacher” gets stressed …

posted by Jundo Cohen

There will be no video today for technical reasons (rather stressful!), so I would like to post a little essay I wrote that continues our theme from last week … on how “Zen teachers” sometimes get out on the wrong […]

Of Rinzai and Soto (Bendowa VI)

posted by Jundo Cohen

In today’s Bendowa, Master Dogen recounts the story of his travels to China, searching for Truth … First, his years of study with Rinzai Zen Master Myozen, before heading to China and beginning the Soto Zen path. What is the […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Life is Our Temple

posted by Jundo Cohen

The “slogan” of our Sangha is Life is our Temple. I truly believe that, perhaps for the first time in history, it is more fruitful for us to practice and learn Buddhism outside of a monastery than inside. In the […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Baby Sitting-Sitting

posted by Jundo Cohen

Well, today’s sitting won’t be too quiet. In fact, its pretty crazy and noisy. My wife is away for the day, so I am watching our son Leon. But that doesn’t mean I can’t get a bit of sitting in  […]

Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Zazenkai Meditation

posted by Jundo Cohen

WARNING: THE SIGNAL FOR TODAY’S NETCAST CUTS OUT MIDWAY THROUGHZAZEN. SO, PLEASE KEEP GOIN’ ON YOUR OWN TODAY (SITTING TIME: 40 MINUTES),FOLLOWED BY KINHIN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT & FOUR VOWS Please join our weekly “Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai meditation … […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Snowing

posted by Jundo Cohen

. it is snowing two poems by dogen zenji about the snow … about sameness and difference … A snowy heron on the snowfield where winter grass is unseen hides itself in its own figure. Snow is falling far and […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Flowing

posted by Jundo Cohen

We abandon all need for life to be as we would make it … we drop allthoughts of purpose, goal, attainment and meaning … we strip ourselves naked and jumpinto a river, abandoning all demands that the river carry us […]

Of Buddhas & Ordinary Beings (Bendowa V)

posted by Jundo Cohen

We’ll talk about Buddhas and ordinary living beings … living in one reality, yet conceiving and perceiving that fact so differently. _____________________________ When you let go, the dharmafills your hands; it is not within the boundary of one or many. […]

… Let Go … (Bendowa IV)

posted by Jundo Cohen

When you let go, the dharma fills your hands … no restriction in any direction … _____________________________ When you let go, the dharmafills your hands; it is not within the boundary of one or many. When you try tospeak, it […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Back On My Bike, Ready to Ride

posted by Jundo Cohen

After a couple of days’ being knocked a bit off my seat … we’re back in the saddle again! (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended) To subscribe to […]

Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Zazenkai Meditation

posted by Jundo Cohen

[DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, TODAY’S ZAZENKAI 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 40 […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Still Off My Game

posted by Jundo Cohen

I’m still feeling quite off my game today. This thing in my life really knocked me for a loop. Some folks think that one is never ever supposed to have a bad day or days if one is a “Zen […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Even Buddhas Get the Blues

posted by Jundo Cohen

It is much easier to be at peace with a disaster or war on the other side of the world … … than with the little troubles in one’s own home or family. The people we are closest to, and […]

Practice Makes Perfect (Bendowa III)

posted by Jundo Cohen

You are already perfectly you, and life is already perfectly life … … but it’s not a matter of merely saying so. _____________________________ ALL BUDDHA-TATHAGATAS TOGETHERhave been simply transmitting wondrous dharma and actualizing anuttara samjaksambodhi [supreme perfect enlightenment] for which […]

Jijuyu Zanmai (Bendowa II)

posted by Jundo Cohen

Continuing with Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo Bendowa … I would like to talk a bit more about Jijuyu zanmai, “the samadhi, the still abiding taste of the self in self-fulfillment”  … …  by this the self both drops away and is […]

Zazen … Supreme Perfect Enlightenment Attained! (Bendowa I)

posted by Jundo Cohen

We begin our series of talks on Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo Bendowa … anuttara samjak sambodhi … means “supreme, incomparable, unsurpassed, complete, perfect enlightenment” Most think of Zazen as a means to reach and attain some sought after enlightenment, somewhere down […]

Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Zazenkai Meditation

posted by Jundo Cohen

[DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, TODAY’S RECORDING IS A REPLAY] 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 […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : High Anxiety!

posted by Jundo Cohen

Today’s subject is “sitting with Anxiety” …  Is it true that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” ?? (and thank you very much to all the folks who wrote to ask about my son Leon. He […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : The Sick Child Sutra

posted by Jundo Cohen

I was going to start a series of talks yesterday on an old Zen writing … Master Dogen’s Bendowa (sometimes called “A Talk about Pursuing the Truth”) … But our son, Leon, started throwing up at 4am … and I’ve […]

Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) XIV – Words & Letters

posted by Jundo Cohen

Zen is sometimes described as “A special transmission outside the scriptures, not relying on words or letters.” Yet historians of Zen Buddhism almost unanimously agreethese days that the ‘Zen way’ rarely, if ever, left thewords and letters behind. In fact, […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : A Zen Monk in Love …

posted by Jundo Cohen

Well, it is nearly Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air … A few days ago I spoke about how most “Zen Monks” in Japan marry: MARRIED MONK and today you will meet this monk’s “better half”!! What is […]

February 4-Hour ‘Live from Treeleaf’ Zazenkai!

posted by Jundo Cohen

Hi, Please join our FEBRUARY 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! […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo: ‘No Time’ Like The Present (REDUX)

posted by Jundo Cohen

I BELIEVE WE FIXED THE SOUND  FROM YESTERDAY [THERE WAS NO SOUND!]. So, today I will talk a second time about ‘no time’ … Let’s taste some other ways that Zen teachers, like ‘ol Master Dogen, have looked at time […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo: What will be will be …

posted by Jundo Cohen

Continuing our discussion of time … we go back to the future … What’s a Zen ‘approach’ to the future?  Well, again, we experience the future many ways at once! Today’s sitting is dedicated to Chan Master Sheng Yen, who […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo: The Past is Past

posted by Jundo Cohen

How do Zen Buddhists experience the ‘past’ ? Well, we let the sad times be sad times, the happy times be happy, the painful moments painful, the joys joyful … each moment just what it was. We don’t run from […]

Zazen Meditation with Jundo: In the Moment?

posted by Jundo Cohen

Here’s the incredible medical case of H.M. … _____________________________ He knew his name. That much he could remember. He knew that his father’s family came from Thibodaux, La., and his mother was from Ireland, and he knew about the 1929 […]

Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Zazenkai 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, […]

Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) XIII – Don’t Forget to Breathe!

posted by Jundo Cohen

… Just Breathing … how do we breathe during Zazen meditation? Thisdiagram (kindly provided by a temple in Japan) might seem prettyobvious … but what more do you want to know about ‘just breathing’?

Zazen Meditation with Jundo : Married Monk?

posted by Jundo Cohen

Most Buddhist Clergy in Japan marry. That may surprise some folks. Buddhist clerics marrying is very unusual in the rest of Asia.

Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) XII – Kensho Schmensho

posted by Jundo Cohen

Shikantaza ‘Just Sitting’ is profound ‘Non-seeking‘ … … to attain that which cannot be attained.

Reclining Buddha

posted by Jundo Cohen

The Buddha, when really very sick and unable to sit in the Lotus Posture, “sat” like this … The subject came up today in our Forum … FORUM: SITTTING WITH CHRONIC PAIN What about sitting with chronic pain? What if […]

Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) XI – Insta-Zazen©

posted by Jundo Cohen

Although we usually practice Zazen sitting quietly, facing a wall … … we can practice Zazen anywhere. It is not limited by time or place. Nor is it simply a matter of sitting cross legged, standing, reclining, floating in a […]

BIG MIND small mind

posted by Jundo Cohen

John from Australia, a Sangha member, asked if I would talk about “BIG MIND small mind” … … Hmmm.  That’s BIG!The same fellow suggested I put a “sit-a-long suggestion box” on our forum … TREELEAF SANGHA FORUM … for anyone […]

Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Zazenkai Meditation

posted by Jundo Cohen

DUE TO TECHNICAL REASONS, TODAY’S ZAZENKAI WAS PRE-RECORDED. OH WELL. Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of […]

Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) X

posted by Jundo Cohen

. In Soto style, we ‘face the wall‘… we sit with our backbone slightly forward of the center of the Zafu,  … back straight, as if a tiny thread were running tothe ceiling through the crown of the head … […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) IX

posted by Jundo Cohen

I am about to break a cardinal rule of ‘Soto Zen’ (not the first time): However, I hereby officially state that I do not think that the ‘Lotus’ Postures (although ideal if you can) are necessarily the best postures for […]

All Things Change!

posted by Jundo Cohen

It is a fundamental Buddhist teaching that “All Things Change” … Some of those changes can be in ways we want, some in ways we surely do not want. But Buddhists learn to be ‘Masters of Change’  … going with […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) VIII

posted by Jundo Cohen

The question came up today about whether a Buddha would ever feel frustration … did he always feel peace and contentment? I believe he knew how to feel peace and contentment, even amid a world that can often be frustrating! […]

JUKAI! JUKAI! JUKAI!

posted by Jundo Cohen

Well, the day has arrived for our JUKAI (Undertaking the Precepts) CEREMONY … … our first ever for Treeleaf Sangha … … and (we believe) the first Jukai Ceremony ever conducted fully online since, well, Buddhism began!! There is more […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: A little more about Buddhist Precepts

posted by Jundo Cohen

As we get ready for our Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts Ceremony) this Saturday (see here) … … some folks wrote to ask whether the Precepts were really necessary. Don’t the Precepts, and gentleness … a dropping of greed, anger and […]

An Invitation: To Our “ALL ONLINE” Jukai Precepts Ceremony (This Saturday!)

posted by Jundo Cohen

This Saturday, our Treeleaf Sangha will be having our first … and what seems to be the … “World’s First”… ALL ONLINE JUKAI (Undertaking the Precepts) CEREMONY!! Please come watch, if you have the time. The live netcast will start […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) VII

posted by Jundo Cohen

Today, some more to do in our “How To” Zazen … Life is a million things to do. These days, all of us are juggling so much … Is Buddhism a teaching of passivity? Must it mean withdrawal from the […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) VI

posted by Jundo Cohen

More in our series on “How To” Zazen … In “Just Sitting” Zen Practice, we learn to take life like the weather … … whatever comes, comes.   (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;a sitting time of 20 […]

Weekly ‘SATURDAY LIVE FROM TREELEAF’ Zazenkai

posted by Jundo Cohen

Please join our weekly “Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai … 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, closing […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) V

posted by Jundo Cohen

We continue our series on “How To” Zazen … … and how to handle thoughts that appear during Zazen. I often used the analogy of clouds (of thought) drifting in and out of a clear, blue spacious sky (a mind […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) IV

posted by Jundo Cohen

Continuing our series on “How To” Zazen … The mind is like a noisy kitchen blender … filled with all kinds of rattlin’ stuff. Let it settle! (  if using headphones, loud noise at times in video !!  )   […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) III

posted by Jundo Cohen

Continuing our series on “How To” Zazen … In our Soto Zen perspective, Zazen is Enlightenment itself … … just crossing the legs, stretching the back, gazing at a wall, and all’s done! Like saying that merely running a race […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) II

posted by Jundo Cohen

We are so often chasing after things, rarely still … whether it is attainments, dreams and goals, fame and fortune and possessions, whatever we think will ‘finally‘ make us happy and content in life (once we get there, if we […]

New Years 4-Hour ‘Live’ Zazenkai Netcast

posted by Jundo Cohen

Hi, Please join our NEW YEARS/JANUARY MONTHLY 4-hour 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! Our Zazenkai […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Solving the ‘Techno-KOAN’

posted by Jundo Cohen

Sitting Zazen all together online, and having a video ‘Zencast’, can present some technical conundrums sometimes. Zen teachers back in the 13th Century, for example, probably only had to face running out of ink for their writing brushes … while […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners) I

posted by Jundo Cohen

We begin ‘Zazen for Beginners (We’re All Beginners)’ … We’ll talk the basics of ‘Just Sitting’ Shikantaza Zazen … … There’s a bit more to it than ‘just sitting’ !! In a series of talks over the coming days, I […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Happy New Moment!!

posted by Jundo Cohen

How do Zen Buddhists celebrate the passing of time? HAPPY NEW MOMENT !! May this be a moment of peace for all. PLEASE CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO JOIN THE SITTING: TODAY’S SITTING (if you cannot see the screen at […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Here and There

posted by Jundo Cohen

Today, we are celebrating having a new home for our Zazen netcast, right here on Beliefnet! For folks new to our sittings … I’m Jundo, a Soto Zen Buddhist priest living in Japan. Our community, and these meditation sittings, are […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: IS MOVING!!!

posted by jundo cohen

Our “Sit-a-Long with Jundo” daily Zazen netcast is MOVING TO BELIEFNET.COM, the large and widely respected spiritual community on the web. STARTING FROM TODAY, please sit with us at the following link: http://blog.beliefnet.com/treeleafzen/ What does the move mean? Well, nothing […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: A Season of Peace

posted by jundo cohen

In this Season of Peace on Earth, Goodwill to all Mankind … … endless violence in the ‘Holy Land‘ … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Resolutions!

posted by jundo cohen

How Zen folks handle our “New Years Resolutions” … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Silent Night Silent Sitting

posted by jundo cohen

A silent night … silent sitting … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Shakya Claus

posted by jundo cohen

Oh, just another typical Buddhist Christmas morning at the Cohen house … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO & PIKACHU

posted by jundo cohen

How do ya teach a 5 year old about inner contentment at this time of year, about “not being material“, that it’s better to “give than to receive” … … He can’t even pronounce “non-attachment” … … maybe Pikachu can […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: hangover!

posted by jundo cohen

My head feels as large as the whole universe (but not quite in the way the Buddha intended) … … What happens when the ‘teacher’ over does things at a family Holiday Party? Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: (more) Home for the Holidays

posted by jundo cohen

THIS POSTING SEEMS TO BE WORKING NOW! Let’s continue chatting about being truly “at home” for the holidays … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Dharma Names

posted by jundo cohen

IT APPEARS THE PRIOR TECHNICAL PROBLEM HAS BEEN CORRECTED! In preparation for our upcoming Jukai. I‘ve been working this week to choose Dharma Names and inscribe them on the back panels of Rakusu … What is a Dharma Name? Press […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Home for the Holidays

posted by jundo cohen

At this time of year, meeting family and old friends … how do you explain to them about “being a Buddhist“? You may even start to feel a little guilty for not being part of the religion you were raised […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO (Classic): The McBuddha

posted by jundo cohen

A discussion of McDonalds on the Treeleaf Forum … coupled with the fact that it is a ‘Father & Son’ weekend (mom is at an Ai-ki-do meet) … has led Leon and I to the playground at the local Golden […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Silent Sitting

posted by jundo cohen

… silent sitting … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Litmus Test

posted by jundo cohen

People often ask me about “right” Zazen and “wrong” Zazen. They want to know if their Practice is doing alright, and whether there is some “litmus test” … Well, there is no simple answer … but I have found that […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Retreat Reflections

posted by jundo cohen

A few reflections on this past week’s Rohatsu Retreat … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

TREELEAF SANGHA online 2-DAY JUKAI-ROHATSU RETREAT

posted by jundo cohen

WELCOME to the world’s first totally online ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Rohatsu Retreat‘, which was held by LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008. HOWEVER, you may still join the Retreat and sit-a-long at ANY TIME ‘ON DEMAND’, […]

posted by jundo cohen

WELCOME to the world’s first totally online ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Rohatsu Retreat‘ is scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – (Overture)

posted by jundo cohen

Our world’s first totally online ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Rohatsu Retreat‘ is scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE … […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – VIII (Oryoki II NEW VERSION)

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I HAVE REPOSTED A BETTER VERSION OF THE DEMONSTRATION DUE TO TECHNICAL OBSTACLES YESTERDAY We will ‘be dancing’ a simple Oryoki for our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008 […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – VIII (Oryoki I NEW VERSION)

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I HAVE REPOSTED A BETTER VERSION OF THE DEMONSTRATION DUE TO TECHNICAL OBSTACLES YESTERDAY We will be making a simple ‘Oryoki set for our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – VII (Samu)

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Working toward our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE … (AND BY THE […]

RETREAT SITTING SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE!

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Hi Everyone, The Retreat Sitting Schedule is now available for download (PDF) at this link … TREELEAF JUKAI-ROHATSU RETREAT SITTING SCHEDULE Our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ shall be LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008! (and […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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REMINDER: our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ is scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008! (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE Welcome to our Saturday […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – VI (Nature Calls)

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We continue preparations for our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE … Going […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – V (Kinhin)

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For our upcoming Retreat, I’d like to look again at … Kinhin … When doing kinhin (walking meditation), walk clockwise around the room, holding your hands in shashu position (there are two versions, employed in different lineages – see photos […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – IV

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At our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE … … there will be […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – III

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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 […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – II

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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 […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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REMINDER: our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ is scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008! (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE Welcome to our Saturday […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – I

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.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 6 and 7, 2008! (and available in recorded form after that, […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Master Mantis

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We have another guest teacher today, a praying mantis that my son Leon caught in the garden. I think I’ll try to persuade Leon to let him go tomorrow, but before then … maybe Master Mantis can preach the Dharma […]

MORE Jundo Tackles the ‘BIG’ Questions

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We had some more ‘BIG’ questions that some folks asked about … Is the universe truly ‘One’? HEREIs reality random, unintended? HERECan Buddhist’s love? HERE Those followed previous ‘BIG’ questions! About Satori (HERE) and whether life has a purpose, and […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Too Heavy, Too Light

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I receive e-mails sometimes from folks who feel that my talks are ‘too heavy‘ … when I speak of dropping ‘life‘ & ‘death‘, time as a state of mind, our self as an illusion and the world just a dream […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXXIII (Gone)

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Today, we finish our series of talks on ‘The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra’ … finishing with no beginning or end … There/fore/ set/ forth/ the/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/ man/tra/. Set/ forth/ this/ man/tra/ and/ pro/claim/: Gate! Gate! (Already […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXXII

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It’s one handy dandy, nifty jifty, super duper Mantra! There/fore/ know/ that/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/ Is/ the/ sac/red/ man/tra/, the/ lu/min/ous/ man/tra/, the/ sup/reme/ man/tra/, the/ in/com/pa/ra/ble/ man/tra/ by/ which/ all/ suf/fe/ring/ is/ clear/. This/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ Truth/. Traditionally, […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXXI (Vimalakirti)

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A ‘shout out’ for my favorite of all Mahayana Sutras … the Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra. The story is noteworthy for a couple of reasons: First, in the tale, ‘ol Vimalakirti is an unordained, married lay person (a father and businessman) […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: (CLASSIC) BUDDHAZILLA !

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… a classic sit-a-long … The very next town to Treeleaf, Tsukuba happens to have, according to Guinness World Records, THE WORLD’S TALLEST BUDDHA IN THE WHOLE WORLD!! (and maybe the world’s tallest statue in the whole world!!), taller than […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: No-Self Esteem (2of2)

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…Continuing our look at “low self-esteem” … Someone wrote to ask whether all the “self acceptance” and embracing ourselves “just as we are” which I described last time means that, for example, a wife beater or alcoholic or thief should […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Special Sunday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen (but on Sunday!), We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: No-Self Esteem (1of2)

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NOTE: OUR WEEKLY ‘LIVE’ ZAZENKAI WILL BE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) THIS WEEK Someone wrote to ask about “low self-esteem”. I’m curious about people’s views on self-esteem. On one hand, having good self-esteem leads to a positive and happy life. People with […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXX

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Picture of Buddha catching a cigarette break Far/ be/yond/ all/ de/lu/sion/, Nir/va/na/ is/ al/rea/dy/ here/. All/ past/, pre/sent/ and/ fu/ture/ Budd/has/ Live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/* And/ re/al/ize/ su/preme/ and/ com/plete/ en/light/en/ment/. Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Under Construction

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I sat today next to a noisy, smokey, busy construction site … but my microphone did not work. (So there is no timing bell today too … ) Well, I think you get a sense just by looking. Silence and […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Voting Line Zazen

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A silent sitting today. By the way, if you happen to be in the U.S. and voting today … those long lines are an excellent place for standing Zazen! Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: OBAMA ’08

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After some consideration and hesitancy, I have decided to offer my political endorsement in the U.S. presidential race: GO BARACK! (having my endorsement should finally put him over the top!!) Although our Way transcends all differences and petty politics, and […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: November Zazenaki

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Please ‘sit-a-long’ with our November “Zazenkai” (running time: approx. 4 hours) … The sitting schedule is as follows: 00:00 – 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA English Only / SANDOKAI) & ZAZEN00:50 – 01:00 KINHIN01:00 – 01:40 ZAZEN01:40 – 01:50 KINHIN01:50 – […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Trick or Treat

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REMINDER: Our monthly, 4-hour Zazenkai will be today … from 9pm (Saturday night) to 1 am JAPAN TIME. That is Saturday morning in most of North America, Saturday afternoon in Europe. A bit late with today’s sitting … we were […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: How to Raise a Little Buddha

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NOTE: SIGNAL DROPPED MIDWAY – THERE IS NO CLOSING BELL! Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXIX

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“Already here”?? With/ no/ hin/drance/ of/ mind/ –No/ hin/drance/ there/fore/ no/ fear/.Far/ be/yond/ all/ de/lu/sion/, Nir/va/na/ is/ al/rea/dy/ here/. Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXVIII

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Wouldn’t it be great to walk through walls, unhindered … like the invisible man … With/ no/ hin/drance/ of/ mind/ – No/ hin/drance/ there/fore/ no/ fear/. Far/ be/yond/ all/ de/lu/sion/, Nir/va/na/ is/ al/rea/dy/ here/. Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: MOVIE REVIEW – Into Great Silence

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Today, I offer a film review of ‘Into Great Silence‘ (2006): Synopsis: Nestled deep in the French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is considered one of the world’s most ascetic monasteries. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

Jundo Tackles the ‘BIG’ Questions – II

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We examined some more ‘BIG’ questions that a nice fellow asked … Does life have a purpose?Is some Divine Plan unfolding?Why are we born? Really ‘BIG’ questions! Please have a look here for my response … RIGHT HERE But I […]

Jundo Tackles the ‘BIG’ Questions – I

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I am going to start a new series here and on the Forum, because someone wrote me a list of ‘BIG’ questions that is so long, wonderful and thoughtful … well, I thought I would try to respond to each […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Metta

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NETCAST SEEMS TO BE WORKING NOW. PLEASE GIVE THIS A TRY! Our core practice at Treeleaf Sangha is always Zazen … “Just Sitting” Shikantaza Zazen. But I wish to introduce a touch of “Metta (Loving Kindness) Practice” as well. While […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXVII

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Continuing our talk from yesterday on what it truly means to be “unobstructed, unimpeded, unhindered” and free of fear … With/ no/ hin/drance/ of/ mind/ – No/ hin/drance/ there/fore/ no/ fear/. Far/ be/yond/ all/ de/lu/sion/, Nir/va/na/ is/ al/rea/dy/ here/.

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXVI

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Muge (無碍) is a Buddhist term that means “unobstructed, unimpeded, unhindered“ … and a good litmus test for our Path … With/ no/ hin/drance/ of/ mind/ – No/ hin/drance/ there/fore/ no/ fear/.

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: ZZZZZzzzzz

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SORRY, MY COLD HAS COME BACK HARD SUDDENLY. PLEASE KNOW THAT I AM SITTING FROM MY SICKBED THIS EVENING. HOPE TO BE BACK TOMORROW WITH SOMETHING ON THE HEART SUTRA! ZZZZZzzzzz (zazen and sleeping) Master Dogen wrote this about his […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Sickbed Zazen

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I am feeling a bit under the weather today, so it is a good time to talk about Zazen while sick … When you cough, just cough. Cough as the only cough in that moment, a perfect cough … cough […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXV

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Continuing our topic from yesterday … nothing happens next in Shikantaza,and thus everything happens. nothing is sought in Shikantaza,and thus everything is attained. No/ path/, no/ wis/dom/ and/ no/ gain/. No/ gain/ – thus/ Bod/dhi/satt/vas/ live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/With/ no/ […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXIV

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“Gaining” is empty. Achieving “no gaining”, non-achieving, is achieving a great gain! We attain “no gaining” by finding that there’s nothing to seek,nobody to be seeking. (which is all so very different from “giving up” and complacency, by the way) […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO:By the Side of the Road

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Because of the late hour, I pulled my car off on the side of the road and sat there. I was way out in the country, and the signal was weak, so the image is scrambled and barely visible … […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO (Classic): Kashaya (Kesa)

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AS WE SEW A RAKUSU IN PREPARATION FOR JUKAI, I THOUGHT IT NICE TO LOOK BACK ON THIS LITTLE VISIT WITH NISHIJIMA ROSHI (who is doing fine, by the way) … Today, our most special guest ‘sits-a-long’ … The subject […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: October Zazenkai

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Please ‘sit-a-long’ with our October “Zazenkai” (running time: approx. 4 hours) … The sitting schedule is as follows: 00:00 – 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA English Only / SANDOKAI) & ZAZEN00:50 – 01:00 KINHIN01:00 – 01:40 ZAZEN01:40 – 01:50 KINHIN01:50 – […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Insta-Zazen© – Fireworks!

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I PROMISED TO TAKE MY SON TO SEE FIREWORKS TODAY,SO A GOOD PLACE FOR SOME INSTA-ZAZEN© … On blankets watchingBoom after boom in night sky -Firelight showers THE LENGTH, JUST A SINGLE FLASH. REMINDER: OUR 4 HOUR MONTHLY ZAZENKAI WILL […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXIII

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How to explain Emptiness, ‘beyond words’ ? Perhaps it’s like making the “boogie man under the bed” disappear … When you just stop thinking about the “boogie man”, drop all thought of some “boogie man” … HE’S GONE! It is […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXII

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[NOTE: USTREAM TODAY TAKES ABOUT 30 SECONDS TO START AFTER PRESSING THE “PLAY” ARROW. PLEASE PRACTICE THE VIRTUE OF “PATIENCE”] We have seen the Buddha’s teaching of the Four Noble Truths, the cause and end to Suffering (Dukkha) via the […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path VIII

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NOTE: THE SIGNAL CUT JUST AFTER THE FIRST BELL. USTREAM SEEMS TO HAVE SOME ISSUES ON SUNDAYS! . The ‘last’ branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Concentration’, ‘Right Meditation’ … … Zazen But the path has no beginning, no […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path VII(ii)

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‘Right Mindfulness’ of ‘things without’ is an awareness and understanding of the events that surround us in the present moment, seeing clearly phenomena as they arise and how we perceive them. We experience how our inner condition, our thoughts and […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path VII(i)

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. The seventh branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Mindfulness’ … It may be termed a ‘mindfulness‘ of things within and things without (though those are not truly ‘two’. We will talk about ‘things without‘ tomorrow). ‘Right Mindfulness’ of […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path VI

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. The sixth branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Effort’ … It is the effort to put into Practice the links of the Path within our life … to keep on keepin’ on. We persevere, even those times when […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path V(ii)

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. … continuing to talk on ‘Right Livelihood’ … on a working day morning … The workplace (like the home) is our place of Practice … Might these places be, in many ways, even more fruitful, challenging and stimulating for […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path V(i)

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The fifth branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Livelihood’ … Right Livelihood means that, as a life choice, one should earn a living in ways not harmful, and helpful and healthful to the world. Nurse, social worker, school teacher […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO (Classic): Highway Zen

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Zazen, by the side of the road … cars-thoughts passing by,from emptiness come, now gonestillness & movement In Master Dogen’s Genjo Koan he writes … In general, a quiet room is good for experiencing Zen balance …. But where is […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path IV

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The fourth branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Action’ … being in accord with the Precepts … Neither commandments nor laws, but arrows pointing toward a peaceful, healthful life & world. We are guided to abstain from harming others […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path III

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OUR NETCAST IS FINALLY WORKING … (I THINK)!!! ANNOUNCEMENT: WE HAVE STARTED OUR PREPARATIONS FOR OUR ‘ALL ONLINE’ JUKAI (UNDERTAKING THE PRECEPTS) … FIND OUT MORE HERE . The third branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Speech’ … the […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Insta-Zazen© – On the Train

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No opening or closing bells for today … no sound … no particular time either, just a bit of Zazen between stations. We usually sit in a quiet room, but the Buddha also liked to sit in noisy, busy places. […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo (Classic): Zen and the Brain

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Today, a special sit-a-long (and bit of silliness) from the past or, anyway, what the brain’s temporal cortex considers the ‘past’ … click on picture to play

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path II

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(it was my intention to have this sitting posted a few hours ago … ) The second branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Intention’ … also spoken of as ‘Right Aspiration’ ‘Right Thought’ or ‘A Will to the Truth’ […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path I

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The first branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right View’ (sometimes called ‘Right Perspective’ or ‘Right Understanding’) … … It is to study and to come to understand the world through fundamental Buddhist perspectives and philosophies, and to make those […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Silent Sitting

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a silent sitting … … no words …

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXI

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The next words of the Heart Sutra are shorthand for The Eightfold Path … No/ suf/fer/ing/, nor/ cause/ or/ end/ to/ suf/fer/ing/No/ path/, no/ wis/dom/ and/ no/ gain/. … We will next take a few days to review that Path […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Four Noble Truths IV

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.As the Fourth Noble Truth, ‘medicine’ for Dukkha is prescribed via the ‘Eightfold Path‘ … … Although the path is numbered sequentially, it is generally not seen as as series of steps, but instead (in modern terms) a ‘holistic lifestyle‘ […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: September Zazenkai

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Please ‘sit-a-long’ with our September “Zazenkai” (running time: approx. 4 hours) … The sitting schedule is as follows: 00:00 – 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA English Only / SANDOKAI) & ZAZEN00:50 – 01:00 KINHIN01:00 – 01:40 ZAZEN01:40 – 01:50 KINHIN01:50 – […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Four Noble Truths III

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REMINDER: OUR 4 HOUR MONTHLY ZAZENKAI IS TOMORROW, SATURDAY, FROM 9PM JAPAN TIME … BE THERE OR JUST BE. . An alternative wording of the Four Noble Truths is [emphasis added] … 1. Suffering exists 2. Suffering arises from attachment […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Four Noble Truths II

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. In life, there’s sickness, old age, death and loss … other very hard times … But that’s not why ‘Life is Suffering‘. Not at all, said the Buddha. Instead, it’s sickness, but only when we refuse the condition ……old […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XX (Four Noble Truths I)

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The next words of the Heart Sutra are shorthand for The Four Noble Truths … No/ suf/fer/ing/, nor/ cause/ or/ end/ to/ suf/fer/ing/ … So, let’s take a few days to talk about those Truths … …at the very heart […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: LATE!!?

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I’m late, I’m late … for a very important date (and sitting) … But can we truly be “late” for anything? Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Silent Sitting

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a silent sitting … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Insta-Zazen© – At the Speed of Light

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Today’s Zazen is only an instant (and I mean “INSTANT”) … We are visiting the world’s third largest sub-atomic particle collider, which happens to be located just 15 minutes by bicycle from Treeleaf Tsukuba. (Seen here, with Mt. Tsukuba in […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Insta-Zazen© – Traffic Light

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Today’s Insta-Zazen© is 40 seconds … just waiting to cross a street … Keishin said it well in another posting in the forum: We can disappear into the here and now, right now. That’s a practice we can do anywhere, […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Insta-Zazen© – BUREAUCRACY

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Today’s Zazen is only 1 minute long … but (sometimes) time does not matter … I’m in a dreary government office to file some forms, waiting for my number to be called … it is taking forever … a perfect […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Synchronized Zazen

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Now that the games are done for four more years, I’d like to propose that Zazen be made an event for the next Olympics … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XIX (The Twelve-Fold Chain III)

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So, we now see that these lines of the Heart Sutra are shorthand for the “Twelve-fold Chain of Dependent Origination“, ruuning from “ignorance” to “old age and death” … … and emptiness breaks the chain. In fact, what “chain“?(Please excuse […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XVIII (The Twelve-Fold Chain II)

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Let’s look at a bit more at the ‘Twelve-fold-Chain‘ … (1) chaos or ignorance (sk: avida), (2) action (karma), (3) consciousness (vijnana), (4) the external world (nama-rupa), (5) the six sense organs (shadayatana), (6) contact (spasha), (7) sensation (vedana), (8) […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XVII (The Twelve-Fold Chain)

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TODAY (AND TOMORROW) … THE PROMISED TALKS ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT … The Heart Sutra’s talk of “Ignorance”, “Old Age” & “Death”, the human senses and consciousness, alludes to the Buddha’s explanation of the ‘Twelve-fold Chain of Cause & […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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UPDATE: Because of the Ustream system being down, I will repost a prior sitting … Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: ‘Winking at the Gods’

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Is Zen a ‘religion’? A ‘philosophy’? Something quite else? I don’t think about these questions much in my life. I just live life. Does ‘God’ exist? Not exist? Whose ‘God’? I don’t think about these questions much in my life. […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XVII

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IGNORANCE IS BLISS No/ ig/no/rance/, no/ end/ to/ ig/no/rance/;No/ old/ age/ and/ death/,No/ ces/sa/tion/ of/ old/ age/ and/ death/;No/ suf/fer/ing/, nor/ cause/ or/ end/ to/ suf/fer/ing/ Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XVI

posted by jundo cohen

We will talk about ignorance and suffering in the coming days, but I wanted to jump right into “old age and death” … The’re not there … and they never cease! No/ ig/no/rance/, no/ end/ to/ ig/no/rance/;No/ old/ age/ and/ […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Semi-Time

posted by jundo cohen

We will let the cicadas (‘semi’ in Japanese) do the guest teaching again today, one last time before the summer ends. Our subject is time, the long and the short of time. The life span of some species of cicada […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: “TAIGU-ZENKAI”

posted by jundo cohen

We are having another special Zazenkai tonight for two hours, in honor of Rev. Taigus visit … a “Taigu-zenkai”! We will sit 2 periods of about 40 minute Zazen, with 10 minute Kinhin, and a short talk by Rev. Taigu […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO & TAIGU TOO

posted by jundo cohen

At left is another Kesa sewn by Rev. Taigu, the same one he is wearing tonight. We’ve been filming Rakusu sewing lessons all day for the Jukai, and they will be very helpful I think .. TOMORROW, WE WILL HAVE […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO & TAIGU

posted by jundo cohen

We were going to have a talk on the Heart Sutra today … … but Rev. Taigu is visiting to show us how to sew a Rakusu for the Jukai (he sewed the lovely Funzo-e Kesa in the picture), so […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fat Man Trims Bushes

posted by jundo cohen

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

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Sports vs. Politics

posted by jundo cohen

Russia, Georgia medalists embrace despite conflict (The Associated Press) — Their countries may be in a conflict, but a Russian and a Georgian shared a podium and an embrace after winning Olympic medals Sunday. A day after Georgian athletes considered […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Master Heron (Revisited)

posted by jundo cohen

AS I CANNOT GET A NEW SIT-A-LONG POSTED TODAY, HERE IS AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE … Looking at ‘Right Mindfulness’ and ‘Right Concentration’, we shall receive a lesson from a visiting Master … If you would like more information on […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Wall Arch

posted by jundo cohen

THERE WILL BE NO SIT-A-LONG MONDAY. ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — One of the largest and most photographed arches in Arches National Park has collapsed. Paul Henderson, the park’s chief of interpretation, said Wall Arch collapsed sometime late Monday […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Olympics

posted by jundo cohen

Watching the Olympics tonight … Ah, it’s so wonderful when (once in awhile)the whole world justs gets along … THE SIGNAL DROPPED HALF-WAY THROUGH … SO PLEASE SELF-TIME IF SITTING-A-LONGPress on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Buji

posted by jundo cohen

DUE TO TECHNICAL HURDLES, THERE WILL BE NO SITTING THURSDAY. SEE YOU TOMORROW!! Somebody asked about the term “Buji” (無事) Zen, which is often heard not in a positive sense. Here is a typical definition … Buji Zen – False […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XV

posted by jundo cohen

Let’s look some more right in the eyes of our ‘Original Face’ … You should therefore cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words and following after speech, and learn the backward step that turns your light inwardly to […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XIV

posted by jundo cohen

What if there were really, truly dropped away all thought of subject and object, all that is perceived by the senses, the sensing and the senses themselves … What would “be” then (if we drop away even the word “be“) […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: August Zazenkai

posted by jundo cohen

Please ‘sit-a-long’ with our August “Zazenkai” (running time: approx. 4 hours … Sound is a little soft despite our new hi-tech microphone. Oh well. Please bear with that.). The sitting schedule is as follows: 00:00 – 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XIII

posted by jundo cohen

How to make the ‘Boogeyman’ of thoughts go away? Thus/ emp/ti/ness/ is/ not/ form/;not/ sen/sa/tion/ nor/ per/cep/tion/,not/ for/ma/tion/ nor/ con/scious/ness/. REMINDER: Our Monthly 4 hour Zazenkai will be tomorrow, 9pm to 1am Japan time (Saturday Night). It may be accessed […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XII

posted by jundo cohen

Your whole life the good & bad, the ups & downs … all just … EMPTINESS … and that’s truly SOMETHING! O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, all/ things/ are/ex/pres/sions/ of/ emp/ti/ness/,Not/ born/, not/ des/troyed/,not/ stained/, not/ pure/;Nei/ther/ wax/ing/ nor/ wan/ing/.. THE SIGNAL DROPPED […]

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