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Thursday, February 7, 2008

How does Zazen carry over?

Nishijima Roshi,

I appreciate your teachings and the logical manner in which yo present buddhism.

I have a question. When we keep our spine erect in Zazen and create balance in the Autonomic Nervous System, how exacly does this carry over into everyday activity? During most activities we are in disadvantagous positionsfor keeping the spine erect.

Thank you kindly,



Blogger GUDO NISHIJIMA said...

Dear Mr Al Coleman,

Thank you very much for your question. By practicing Zazen we can enter into the balanced state of the autonomic nervous system.

And the balanced state of the autonomic nervous system is our own original state, and so by practicing Zazen we can maintain our original state at every moment.

And it is just the human duty for us to maitain the authonomic nervous system balanced, therefore by practicing Zazen everyday, we can maintain our human life without fail.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima

7:37 PM, February 07, 2008  

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