Archive for September 2010

Last time, in our series on Zazen for Beginners (we are all always beginners), I used the analogy of clouds of thoughts and emotions drifting through an open, clear, boundless blue...

Rev. Taigu continues his comments on sitting posture for beginners. (We are always beginners.) He says:

“What I am suggesting is to give the body-mind a direction, namely to sit...

We continue our video series on how to do Zazen, and how to allow the thoughts and emotions that appear during Zazen to drift from mind.

I often use the analogy of clouds (of th...

It is important to understand from the very outset of beginning practice that Shikantaza (“Just Sitting”) Zazen is a radical, to-the-marrow, dropping of all need to attain, all “ru...

Rev. Taigu offers a few more perspectives on the “sitting” of “just sitting.” He says:

Sitting on a cushion is what we normally do. The actual flexibility of this cushion called...

Continuing our “How to” series on Zazen…

Shikantaza “Just Sitting” is an unusual way of meditation, and might be compared to running a long distance foot race in a most unusual ...

There was a devastating earthquake in the news yesterday — great human suffering. So much sadness in this world… war and violence, poverty, hunger, disease.

Yet, in our Shikanta...

Like me (Jundo Cohen), Rev. Taigu Turlur is also teacher at Treeleaf Sangha. Born in France in 1964, he started Zazen early — at age 13! — and received Shukke Tokudo ordination in ...

Continuing our series “Zazen for Beginners” (because we’re always beginners) ...

Here’s a basic perspective of Buddhism:

Our mind creates conflict and separation from this li...

So, today, let's begin “Zazen for Beginners.” Because we’re always beginners.

We’ll talk the basics of “Just Sitting” Shikantaza Zazen… There’s a bit more to “Just Sitting” than...