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  by Gudo NISHIJIMA

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Practice of Zazen should be done everyday.

Zazen is the practice, which makes our ANS balanced. Therefore if we practice Zazen for a few days, and stop it for a few days, our ANS has the balanced states for a few days, and the unbalanced states for a few days. Therefore in such situations we can have some comfortable situations, but at the same time we should have some uncomfortable situations for later few days.

Therefore if we want to have the habit of practicing Zazen, we should do it every day without stopping it for the 3 months hopefully. After we have continued the habit of practicing Zazen for about 3 months, we can find ourselves, who are keeping the balanced state, and who are continuing our comfortable life. And since then it is impossible for us to stop the habit usually.

5 Comments:

Blogger Uku said...

Roshi,

thank you this important post. It's always a pleasure to read your teachings about the importance of continuous, daily practice.

See you soon!

With palms together,
Markus

12:20 AM, February 24, 2009  
Blogger k said...

Dear Roshi,

Thank you for you lesson! Might I ask you further about zazen? Is it necessary to do with a group? If so, why? Isn't it enough to do it by myself?

Thank you very much!

10:10 PM, February 24, 2009  
Blogger element said...

Hello Master Nishijima,

I have a question about the following part of the MMK posted on your Blog at Oct. 27, 2008:

"2. The Ultimate Truth [is]
Reason, which is pervading through the Universe, ..."

How can reason pervade through the universe, I think reason is only in my head, not outside of my head?

Or is this a fact, which only can be recognized by an enlightend person?

Isn't this an idealistic outlook?
What does the word reason mean in this context (thinking, consciousness, Spirit)?

Thank you,
Element

2:21 AM, February 25, 2009  
Blogger GUDO NISHIJIMA said...

Dear Uku San,

See you soon.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima


Dear k San,

It is not always necessary for us to practice Zazen together with others.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima

1:48 PM, February 25, 2009  
Blogger The Vagrancy said...

Roshi,
I was just going through your old posts and saw this one about zazen. I have been reading and studying about zen for a couple years now, but have found it difficult to keep up with zazen. Reading this just reminded and inspired me to start it again and stick with it.
thank you

3:27 AM, March 22, 2009  

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