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Beautiful article about Shikantaza

JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matterNetherlands Veteran

I came across this and thought it was worth passing on… if you do shikantaza, this might show you a few new tricks. If you don’t do shikantaza, this might convince you to give it a try.

However, the surprising twist of shikantaza, or “just sitting,” is that one sits feeling radically satisfied just by the act of sitting, putting down all measures of some “lack” and desiring nothing but sitting. The root of disappointment, anger, comparisons, despair, fear, frustration, and other desires drops away, and thus dukkha drops away. The goal of sitting is sitting, which is satisfied by sitting.



  • howhow Veteran Veteran
    edited July 14

    The degree that we simply stop manipulating our habituated responses to phenomena, turns out to be the same degree to which we are no longer indulging in suffering's causes.
    Here, in a nanosecond of experience, what some might sometimes call being radically satisfied, is little more than a taste of suffering's absence.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Don't just sit there.
    …or sit elsewhere.

    … eh wait … gone wrong again …

    Sit, walk, be

  • pegembarapegembara Veteran


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