received a DVD in the mail.
I don't know who sent it, so thank you anonymous benefactor!
There was a lot of pretty visuals of all the things you would kind of expect to see about Zen type stuff in Japan. I have not seen anything like what I saw in the movie here in Okinawa, but I digress.
Other than the bountiful visual display, The movie featured Dogen Sanga's Venerable Gudo Nishijima, who of course talked about the autonomic nervous system, and that did not really grind my gears.
What did get me going were the Monks from the Soto Shu University talking about how they thought that the many people coming to Zazen for "Relaxation" was a great thing.
I understand coming to Zazen for "Relaxation" as Bonpu Zen, or basically the kind of meditation people practice for health and well being.
But as I think of it now, I guess that is OK too. Just not how I envision the sincere practitioner of the Buddha way to start from.
Who am I fooling... Yeah it still grinds my gears.
I just can't see someone coming to Zazen for "Relaxation" being willing to die on the cushion in pursuit of the truth. Sure, you can get all blissed out and peaceful on the zafu, heck it happens sometimes, but the Zazen I practice, while it may be the Dharma gate of ease and Joy, is not about some "state of relaxation."
So what is it about?
The ever unfolding activity of practice and enlightenment.
Or at least that is how it is for me right now as I type this at 1232 Japan standard time on Tuesday August 24th...