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Branching Streams Flow in the DarknessZen Talks on the Sandokai$
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Shunryu Suzuki, Mel Weitsman, and Michael Wenger

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219823

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219823.001.0001

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A Short Talk During Aazen

A Short Talk During Aazen

(p.147) A Short Talk During Aazen
Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness
University of California Press

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

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