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Zazen: From "Control" to "Sense and Allow," CC 6/7

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Issho Fujita
Article: Zazen Is Not Shuzen, by Issho Fujita
with Issho Fujita
in the City Center Buddha Hall

Saturday, June 7, 2014
1 - 4:30 pm

You may think that if there is no purpose or no goal in our practice, we will not know what to do. But there is a way. 
–Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Zazen is often translated as “Zen meditation” or “sitting meditation.” This almost inevitably makes people think of zazen as an effort to control the mind and attain a certain state of mind by applying a specific method.

But zazen practice is not just a training or exercise for us to attain preferable goals. It is a spiritual practice of “immediately entering into Buddhahood.”

How is this possible? If zazen is about no goals or achievement, how can you do it?

Zazen practice is unique because it is performed through “just setting aside your body and mind, forgetting about them, and throwing them into the house of the Buddha.” This is the state of resting ease in which the ordinary way of actively running the mind is put aside.

In this workshop we will engage in lecture, exercise and sitting meditation to explore what we can do to realize such zazen. In this way, we will:
  • Examine how the posture of sitting supports the balance and unity of our senses.
  • Look at how to allow our natural breathing to be a life-sustaining activity of the body.
  • Address the question, how do we cultivate true vision, wise intention and right effort?
Fees: $40; $36 current SFZC members; $32 limited income. Some partial scholarships available. No one turned away for lack of funds. (About Registration, Scholarships and Cancellations.)

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Issho Fujita
Issho Fujita was born in Japan in 1954. He studied developmental/clinical psychology at Tokyo University. When he was a PhD student, at the age of 27, he attended a week-long Zen sesshin at Enkaku-ji, a traditional Rinzai monastery in Kamakura. Eventually he dropped out of graduate school to study Zen full time and entered Antai-ji, a Soto Zen monastery. In 2010, he was assigned to be Director of Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco. Issho is interested in inventing new and fun ways to articulate the depth of the simple practice of shikantaza (just sitting).