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When there is joy, when a person is full of happiness and joy, there is little chance for ‘Uddhacca’ & ‘Kukkucca’ to arise. These are two of the hinderances mentioned in the scriptures. Restlessness (uddhacca) is agitation or excitement, which drives the mind from thought to thought. Worry (kukkucca) is remorse over past mistakes and anxiety about their ...


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When you don't have "scattered thoughts" whenever you are doing something, you're doing it fully immersed. Everybody has had periods of absolute involvement. Obviously everybody has thoughts, it's just a matter of Distance from them. As a matter of tradition and to set an example to everyone, everybody sits. I think even the founder Dōgen Zenji, sat till ...


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The Pali scriptures describe two kinds of joy: (i) worldly/sensual joy; and (ii) dhammic or Zen joy. Sensual joy is like joy from sex or drugs. The more this joy is indulged in, the more it harms a person via addiction & diminishing pleasure. These sources of 'joy' can cease to bring joy & instead bring pain (such as the torturous craving & ...


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If you have a Sensei or Roshi, ask them. If not, I would recommend you to start with a length which is challenging but not impossible to manage. From time to time you can do a longer meditation. In example, on a weekend sit 4 times 15 minutes with 5 minutes kinhin between. You'll find this a valuable experience. Don't just stay with a specific time without ...


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Look, there is nothing special about Shikantaza or any other type of meditation. If you ask me honestly, I say that meditation is for fun really. You don't do it to achieve anything. In fact the idea is to let everything be. And NOT achieve anything. No "Nirvana", No "Moksha", No "separation", No "clinging" or whatever labels we like to create. There is ...


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Think of not-thinking. How do you think of not-thinking? Be before thinking. These are the basics of zazen. When one's perceptional faculties are acutely developed and on the cusp of awakening, logical perception will begin to occur before emotional perception. For example, if there is a loud bang, the first perception in the mind will be, just a loud bang,...


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I had a look at translations of Dogen's essay "Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen": Think of not thinking. Not thinking-what kind of thinking is that? Nonthinking. This is the essential art of zazen. https://web.stanford.edu/group/scbs/sztp3/translations/gongyo_seiten/translations/part_3/fukan_zazengi.html I did further research on the ...


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To me the English phrase, "think of thinking which is no longer thought" implies that it used to be thought, that it was previously thought, but is no longer thought i.e. it is not thought any more. In other words it's something to do with after thought, not before thought. The way I understand "before thought" is, for example, if I see a tree then what I'm ...


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Rinsen Sensei of the Buddhist Temple of Toledo has transmission in the Harada-Yasutani lineage. His Dharma talks and Teishos are posted online occasionally, all for free. He is a genuine and reliable teacher. http://www.thedrinkinggourd.org http://www.buddhisttempleoftoledo.org Also check out Zen Mountain Monastery and the San Francisco Zen Center you ...


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Soto Zen Dharma talks: http://livestream.com/SFZC Shunryū Suzuki https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4867F3D9F795268A


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Dogen is pointing to emptiness. When the self drops, you realise you are one with the ten thousand things, and there is no more I and them. Enlightenment, path, etc are no more than concepts. The Heart Sutra: "Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness does not differ from form. That which is form is emptiness, that which is emptiness ...


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I'd like to recommend Christian's answer: assuming that "15 minutes is a serious challenge", it might be a good experience to find a teacher and/or other practitioners to practice with. I find that many activities are much easier in a group: I find it easier to do what other people do, when they do it, and to continue (not stop) because they are continuing (...


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There are two types of practices: the formal SITTING and WALKING, and the informal the activities in daily life. Sit as long you feel comfortable than stand up walk up and down until you feel you can sit again. And so on. During the day find some moments where you do nothing just sitting still, slightly concentrating on the breathing so that the mind has an ...


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As Chogyam Trungpa explained in Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (or was it in The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation ?), the perfectly enlightened Bodhisattva always does exactly what's right at the moment. The perfectly enlightened Bodhisattva is always on time. Because their mind is not running ahead nor falling behind, it is always ...


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What Dōgen calls sennigedo is a view found in several schools of Buddhism, for example in the teachings of Tendai contemporary with Dōgen in Japan. But this is not what Matsuo Basho was expressing in "Mind itself is Buddha", the poem Dōgen used to argue the criticism you expressed in your quote. He quotes this poem in the story of Damei Fachang (Daibai Hojo) ...


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First off, the concept of death and rebirth in Soto Zen (Nishijima was a Roshi of the Soto school) differs from the general cosmology during the Buddha's lifetime. The Buddha's world-view was greatly influenced by Hinduism, the dominant world view in his region during his lifetime. The original Buddhist concepts of karma, hells and rebirth are basically a ...


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You are free in this choice. I recommend periods from 5 minutes to 40 minutes. It is better to practice 5 minutes daily than 15 minutes only once a week. If you practice more and the sitting doesn't hurt to much you stretch your sitting time naturally.


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The 1st koan is of the phrase in the Pali scriptures: "deep, deep...connected with emptiness". In the Pali scriptures, there is the statement about enlightenment & Nirvana: 'Birth is ended...there is no more renewal of being'. 'Birth' ('jati') & 'being' ('bhava') are the generation of the idea that there is 'self' & 'other people', i.e.,...


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Remember the concentration division of the Eightfold Noble Path consist of Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration. The Noble Eightfold Noble Path did not specify a particular practice for obtaining mindful concentration as long as long as they are consistent with the teachings. You can obtain Right Concentration from Sitting Meditation "Zazen" ...


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Who can actually give Jukai? Who is entitled to? Anyone can give, but you will receive more benefit if you get it from a realized master you have a feeling of connection with / admiration for. Realized masters transmit Sat-Dharma in their every move and having a sense of connection and admiration makes you more receptive to that subtle teaching. What is the ...


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