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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 […]

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

posted by Jundo Cohen

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

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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 […]

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