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by Zafutales
Sun May 17, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Susho Itto
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Susho Itto

Hello fellow sitters! I am stuck, stuck in my practice and need a bit of inspiration from those a little longer along the path than me. Having come from a Theravadin practice of Anapana, following the breath the main aim back then was Jhana and ultimately for this to lead to insight. Insight into An...
by Zafutales
Sun May 17, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Jhanas and Vipassana...its all in the eyes?
Replies: 18
Views: 1080

Re: Jhanas and Vipassana...its all in the eyes?

Hi, Can someone help me with understanding this - my time with the Theravada help me understand the importance of concentration, leading to absorption, leading (potentially) to Jhana and ultimately insights. Is this still the process in Soto Zen Zazen? If so how do things like Nimitta occur if the ...
by Zafutales
Thu May 07, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Jhanas and Vipassana...its all in the eyes?
Replies: 18
Views: 1080

Re: Jhanas and Vipassana...its all in the eyes?

Hi, Can someone help me with understanding this - my time with the Theravada help me understand the importance of concentration, leading to absorption, leading (potentially) to Jhana and ultimately insights. Is this still the process in Soto Zen Zazen? If so how do things like Nimitta occur if the ...
by Zafutales
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 3483

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

...perhaps the issue is just that you need to relax.... Probably very true. there is an uncomfortable sense of urgency at times regarding 'time' and the need to 'achieve liberation' before time runs out (as it were) - particularly as we are so often told about how time flies and we should grasp at ...
by Zafutales
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 3483

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

I sit and I am there....with nowhere else to go and its worrying. I would look at why there is a need to go "somewhere else" to begin with. If there was no need to go somewhere else, would it still be worrying? I guess the impetus to 'go further' is because I cannot un-know my understanding and exp...
by Zafutales
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 3483

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

Anders wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:02 pm
Early Chan Buddhism is in many ways a kind of applied madhyamika based on works and approaches of these earlier masters.
Anders' I have PM'd you!
by Zafutales
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 3483

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

Hongzhi and Dogen = .....just sit no analysis required, anything other than this is chasing your own shadow Tsongkhapa and Nargajuna = ....a stone can just sit and not think....we must use our conceptual minds to great use Just sitting is a matter of not grasping at thoughts, and that itself is bas...
by Zafutales
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 3483

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

here is some food for thought - a quote from Jiyu Kennett Roshi: If you're afraid of being grabbed by God, dont' look at a wall. Definitely don't sit still. maybe it helps one way or the other. Or both! I guess there is still an inherent need/wish to be made safe! Anyway, maybe I am disclosing a li...
by Zafutales
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 3483

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

I think I made the error early on, like 20 years ago, initially having an academic interest in the Dharma - as such ended up studying pretty much ALL traditions and consequently being able to see the validity in all. I started practising seriously about 15 years ago and have struggled with this thro...
by Zafutales
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 3483

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

Anders wrote: .....reading that back, I am blerh-ing on the self-admiring prapanca i'm working here. Enough DW for me for today, I think. :coffee:
blerh-ing or not, your words and time are very much appreciated! :anjali:
by Zafutales
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 3483

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

LastLegend wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:17 pm
Sorry to say people can be stuck in silent illumination for decades but are not quite clear why that is. It’s not enlightenment still a state of ‘white’ consciousness.
Harsh!
by Zafutales
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 3483

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
..... Have you asked your teacher what they think?
Interestingly he said it was good and I should develop confidence in my practice.

Dammed if I do (...dull vaguely anxious state)

Dammed if I don't (... perpetuate the status quo)

Almost Koan like.
by Zafutales
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 3483

On being fearful of Shikantaza

Hi, its been a while. I have developed a fear, an non-descript anxiety when practising Shikantaza. Why? Because I feel like I can slip into it a little too easy of late. I sit and I am there....with nowhere else to go and its worrying. I have developed a mistrust of what others might perceive as a s...
by Zafutales
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Nagarjuna in China
Replies: 4
Views: 2025

Re: Nagarjuna in China

Bocking was my tutor at University. Not got around to reading this yet. What were your thoughts?
by Zafutales
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 19
Views: 2991

Re: Realisation and its down side?

thanks Bristollad, FCKW, Punnya and Fortyeightvows for taking the time to help.

:namaste:
by Zafutales
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 19
Views: 2991

Re: Realisation and its down side?

BTW...in case anyone is curious - I am posting this in the Geluk section as despite being a Soto practitioner, most of what I understand as 'Buddhist Psychology' is derived from my understanding of this particular tradition.
by Zafutales
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 19
Views: 2991

Re: Realisation and its down side?

You've already been offered some good suggestions, but maybe you can also challenge your current response, at least intellectually, with some positive thoughts about impermanence. For example, when you encounter difficult circumstances you can always rely on them changing. There is also joy in ephe...
by Zafutales
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 19
Views: 2991

Re: Realisation and its down side?

Who did you receive the practice from? Hi, not sure I received 'the practice' from any one person inparticular.....many I guess over the years. This gives rise to two questions: 1. What is the practice. 2. Who is your teacher? Blimey...so many questions but no help advice...... However, I have had ...
by Zafutales
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 19
Views: 2991

Re: Realisation and its down side?

Hi, Has anyone experienced a negative outcome after meditating on Impermanence? I have been experiencing a palpable dread and sense of futility as a result. I guess the realisation is there, but n0ow it seems to have sapped some of the enjoyment and pleasure I would normally have experienced from t...
by Zafutales
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen and liberation
Replies: 11
Views: 4150

Re: Zazen and liberation

Fu Ri Shin wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:49 pm
I noticed the title mentions zazen while the discussion regards shikantaza. Nota bene: zazen and shikantaza are not synonymous. The former is seated meditation in general and the latter is a specific practice.
The topic has developed into discussing Shikantaza.

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