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A Short Talk During Aazen

in Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780520219823
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219823.003.0015
A Short Talk During Aazen

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This chapter presents a transcript of Suzuki Roshi's short talk presented during zazen on the morning of June 28, 1970, between the tenth and eleventh Sandokai talks. He begins by saying the following: You should sit with your whole body: your spine, mouth, toes, mudra. Check on your posture during zazen. Each part of your body should practice zazen independently or separately: your toes should practice zazen independently, and your mudra should practice zazen independently, and your spine and your mouth should practice zazen independently. You should feel each part of your body doing zazen independently. Each part of your body should participate completely in zazen. Check to see that each part of your body is doing zazen independently — this is also known as shikantaza.

Keywords: Suzuki Roshi; body; zazen; mudra; posture; shikantaza

Chapter.  715 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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