Category Archives: Samadhi (concentration)

Solid Sitting Samadhi Sesshin

  Good morning!   After a long period with a lot of rain, we have a beautiful Sunday with calm surroundings and clear sky and comfortable sesshin. Sesshin means embracing the heart and mind and touching them. Have you noticed … Continue reading

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Concentration Is Contentment

    Good morning!   We are having a sesshin today. Sesshin means embracing the heart-mind  (摂心) and touching the heart-mind (接心). Our minds (in the wider sense, including intellect, emotion, heart, and volition, hara, guts) are usually out-going for survival with the Triple Poisons (desire, divisiveness, and delusion) and for action (karma), and thus diversion, diffusion, and confusion. Just like water in a bowl surges, spills, and spoils as the bowl moves, the mind surges, spills, and soils as the body moves. As the bowl settles still, the water settles calm and clear, without turbulence and turbidity. As the body settles still, the mind settles calm and clear in peace and prognosis. Through continued concentrated cultivation, anyone can witness nirvana (unconditioned peace) and bodhi (unsurpassed awakening). Sesshin – intensive sitting, stilling, seeing, and serving for holy (wholly wholesome) truth, goodness, and beauty – is the first, only, and best way to enter into such cultivation and witnessing.   Animals are moving beings, constantly in physical, verbal, and mental karmas with the Triple Poisons obsessed by pressing needs, obscuring the wholly wholesome way world in nirvana and bodhi, the deepest, widest, and longest peace and prognosis. This is why the human species, with its most delicate bodies and brains, create consciousness in suffering (birth, aging, sickness, death, losing, parting, meeting – in short, the rampant racing of the five aggregates) through the transmigratory Six Ways of hell beings, hungry ghosts, fighting devils, beastly beings, human beings, and celestial beings. Trees, sharing the etymological root with true (lasting, deru or dhrī, root of dharma, form/norm, phenomena/law of phenomena), can survive ten thousand years because of their wholly wholesome way with water, wind, and the world throughout time and space (genes, generations, geographies, galaxies, etc.) settling still and strong, withstanding storms.   This is the time of the tenth anniversary of the Katrina hurricane disaster, which destroyed more than thousand human lives and other species and spheres. This is also the fourth anniversary of the East Japan Earthquake with the associated tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster, which engulfed more than two hundred people and still leaves more than one hundred refuges from radiation contamination, some never able to return to their homes. We have droughts and wildfires causing … Continue reading

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Sea-seal Samādhi and Sky-seal Samādhi

Good evening!   When we sit in Zazen, the Buddha Mind Seal, we can reach the Sea-seal Samādhi and Sky-seal Samādhi with penetrating peace and profound prognosis, as if settling deep into the sea and seeing high from the sky, without karma waves and karma winds.   Only actual cultivation in seated solid and serene sitting, thus stopping karmas, makes actual verification of nirvana, unconditioned peace, and anuttara samyak  sambodhi, unsurpassed right complete awakening, possible and perfect. Thus, we can live on joy, not on toys.   5/3/13    

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Samadhi, Spaceless, Timeless, Limitless

Good evening!   I had been working in the garden and, when I entered my house, found the time to leave for zazen had passed.   When we are absorbed in what we like, we forget time. A million miles … Continue reading

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