The answers are by Buddhist priest Gudo Wafu Nishijima. 1. What is gained in Zazen? What we gain in Zazen is the balance of the autonomic nervous system. : To Meet the Real Dragon (): Gudo Nishijima, Jeffrey Bailey: Books. Master Gudo Nishijima has been practicing Buddhism for more than sixty years. He was a student of Master Kodo Sawaki, an itinerant priest famous for his.
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Sincerely, Dogen Sangha Blog Administrations. We, Huma Beings, have the two kinds of Nervous System. However the function of the Human Autonomic Nervous System nishijimaa even though it is impossble for Human Nisjijima to recognize its existence, the function of the Human Autonomic Nervous System is much more powerful in its function comparing with the Brain-Spinal Nishijoma System. Therefore in the case of the Human Autonomic Nervous System might be almost impossible for Human Beings to recognize its real function exactly, and so it is almost impossible for Human Beings to recognize the real function of the Autonomic Nervous System really.
When Buddhism is the Truth, there is no problem, but if Buddhism were not the Truth, there might inshijima a problem. Therefore I think whether Buddism might be the Truth, or not, is very important problem. And when we think whether Buddhism is the Truth, or not, what Gautama Buddha taught us is the Truth, or not, is the very important problem.
And thinking what Gautama Buddha has been insisting, I think that He, Gautama Buddha, has found that this world is existing as this world really. Therefore we can think that at that time Gautama Buddha recognized clearly that this World is just “the Real World, which are Mountains, Rivers, Grass, and Trees, themselves. In other words we have some kind of possibility, that we, Human Beings, have possibility that we are just living in Reality itself actually.
The Autonomic Nervous System has been found for example by Sigmund Freud in the middle of the 19th Century, and then we, Human Beings, have become familiar to it. But at the same tme the idea of the Autonomic Nervous System is also rather very difficult to understand, and so it is very important for us to understand the theory of the Autonomic Nervous System exactly. The Autonomic Nervous System is just the real situations of the Autonomic Nervous System, but at the same time the Autonomic Nervous System is not the object of our sense perception, and so it is very difficult for us to knowtice the real situation of the Autonomic Nervous System, but it is necessary for us to grasp the real situations of it inevitably.
Is it necessary for us to have a kind of nervous system, which is not recognizable? Usually we feel that it might be absolutely useless for us to have a kind of the Nervous System, which is absolutely unrecognizable at all. But in the case of the Autonomic Nervous System it is perfectly unrecognizable.
Why is it useful for the Autonomic Nervous System only can be useful, even though it is usually unrecognizable? I think that in the case of the Autonomic Nervous System the miscellaneous things and phenomena can be known relying upon the function of the Autonomic Nervous System itseif. Even the function of the Autonomic Nervous System is not so clear, relying upon the function of the Autonomic Nervous System, fortunately we can find so many valuable functions of the Autonomic Nervous System actually, and so we can expect that we, Human Being, will be able to find so miscellaneous and so gaugeous facts in the Universe in future relying upon the Autonomic Nervous System.
James Cohen, You do not belong Dogen Sangha at all. Therefore you should not say anything about Dogen Sangha completely. Harry San, I think that only Buddhist monks, whom can be venerated, must be revered. David Fernandez San, Thank you very much for your kind Greetings!
Even though I have received a following questions from Ven. His questions During zazen what is it exactly that I am supposed to be concentrating on?
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Do I try to “feel” my body sitting straight, and bring my awareness back to my posture again and again? Or do I focus on any stillness that might appear between my thoughts? Or do I just sit not focusing on any thing, just letting everything come and go? Thank you again so very much for the teaching you offer. First of all we should make our efforts to keep the lower spine straight vertically, and then we should keep the backbone straight upwards as far as possible.
Pull the chin downward and backward to make the back of neck as far as possibly straight. Master Kodo Sawaki taught us that we should stretch our spine as if it were possible for our spine to pierce the ceiling actually. By stretching the back of neck our sight might be directed about 45 degrees downward. During Zazen it is the most important matter to keep the posture straight vertically.
It is never only feeling, but it is just the real Action. It is never the feelng, but Action itself. Therefore it is not awearness, but Action itself. Therefore it is the most important matter for us actually to sit in the Actual Posture, not the mental consciousness or sense perception. Zazen is just Action, and so it is just the traditional posture. I have received two comments from Ven. Therefore if it were permissible for me to express my opinion, it might be as follows. Do we judge the balanced state by the stillness of our minds during zazen?
Thank you very much.
Gudō Wafu Nishijima
When we practice Zazen everyday, it is perfectly impossible for us not to enter into the balanced state of the autonomic nervous system. The state in Zazen, can never be consideration or perception, but it is just Action. This interpretation can never be found in the Euro-American Civilizations, but in Indian Buddhist Philosophy, Action has completely independent entity from consideration or perception.
This fundamental characteristic of Indian Buddhist Philosophy is enormously clear, and so we can insist that the fundamental philosophical system of Indian Buddhism does not have any separation between body and mind.
Does the balanced state depend upon the stillness of our minds? When we practice Zazen everyday, we can enter into the state of the balanced autonomic nervous system, and it is impossible for us to leave our balanced autonomic nervous system at all. Of course, if we contine our consideration or perception even in Zazen, it is impossible for us to leave from the consideration or perception, and so if we want to leave from consideration or perception in Zazen, it is necessary for us to stop consideration or perception actually, and if we want to stop consideration or perception in Zazn, we should do it exactly.
Of course it is very common for us to consider or perceive even in Zazen, but such kinds of consideration or perception, can never be Zazen.
Therefore if we want to practice the True Zazen exactly, we should do it directly. Zazen can never be consideration or perception, but Zazen is just Action itself. Therefore when we want to practice Zazen, it is necessary for us to practice Zazen itself. In other words, when we are practicing Zazen, we should stop consideration and perception, and we should be so careful for us to be exact in following the authentic posture following ‘Fukan-Zazen-Gi’ by Master Dogen.
Harry San and Dear Ven. Woochi San, Because of my poor ability for computer, I have lost your each comment from my computer, but fortunately I have left the copies of your comments, and so I would like to send my each answer to you again. Harry San’s question, “Dear Sensei, Thank-you for the message about zazen. At the zazen group I attend, someone asked the question ‘Why do you zazen? I had no other more impressive or complicated aswer to the question. I find this answer a bit strange, and I think other people do also, but I can’t really think of a more direct and true answer at the moment.
How would you answer the questin ‘Why do you do zazen? Thanks and Regards, Harry. When I was asked from someone ‘Why do you do zazen?
Woochi San’s question, ” Master Nishijima, I was very moved about how you said, “It is not to necessary for us to get the so-called enlightenment. Because the so-called enlightenment is just a Romantic story, which many children love. Also, it troubles me that there are sects of Buddhism that believe in a ‘god’, that they will become god once enlightened, and other mystical beliefs.
What attitude should I take towards this? The true enlightenment can never be any kind of sudden change, which many ignorant people might admire, but it is very quiet nishujima balanced situations of the autonomic nervous system. When we continue our practice of Zazen everyday, we can naturally enter into the balanced state of the autonomic nervous system, and if we continue our guro practice of Zazen everyday, it is impossible for us to leave from the balanced state of the autonomic nervous system at all.
In other words, if we can keep our autonomic nervous system balanced everyday, nishikima is impossible for us to lose the balanced nishijiam of the autonomic nervous system at all.
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Therefore if we practice Zazen everday, it might be impossible for everyone to leave the state of enlghtenment at all.
Thank you very much for your kind encouragement. First of all, it is necessary for you to meet jishijima person, who knows the method of how to practice Zazen, first. If it is difficalt for you to meet such a person, please read my book ” Wow to practice Zazen” through Amazon.
Of course, in my Dogen Samgha Blog there are also so many precise teachings having written already, and so you can read them totally free.
Therefore it is possible for you to read my “Dogen Samgha Blog,” freely, you can get so many knowledge about Buddhism and Zazen. When we practice Zazen, it is necessary for us to practice Zazen everyday without fail. If we practice Zazen, not everyday, but only several times as we like, such kind of flimsy practice might be useless almost at all. In other words it is perfectly important for us to practice Zazen everyday as if we have to eat meals everyday.
Zazen is a kind of habit, and it is necessary for us to establish the daily habit without fail. It is not necessary for us to get the so-called enlightenment. But Buddhism is never a Romantic story, but it is just Action. It is just sitting. It is just Practice. It is just Reality. My computer has been repaired by Prof. Shin Kirik’s efforts since a few days ago. Nishijima Sensei asked me to let people know that his computer is broken and he’s unable to respond to emails at the moment.
He’s going to get a new computer, but it may take him a while to set it up for email and his blog. He’ll post a note here when his new computer is up and running.
MMK 27 Examination of Doctrines 30 verses 1. I think that miscellaneous kinds of Doctrines will not be maintained. How is it impossible for another Doctrine will not come as the decisive criteria at all? The reason, why I say so, comes from the fact that the age of disappearance has begun too fast already, And it is absolutely decisive for us to live in the Western End of the World exactly. But actually speaking, such kinds of examples, which should appear exactly, have never appear itself yet at all.
If it is actually true that the so-called Soul really exists in this world, It might be much more possible for our sense perception to find the so-called Soul exactly.