Jijuyu Zanmai

Byakuren’s Zen Practice Blog



“Samadhi has had many translations, among them concentration or single-mindedness.  It is the place where there is no discrimination between you and zazen (subject and object merged).


 I like Uchiyama Roshi’s translation of Samadhi as Right Acceptance.  The deep acceptance of life as it is in each moment.   This acceptance rests deep in our bodies. This acceptance allows us ease and the ability to patiently receive all that is happening both universal and particular.  This acceptance really allows the self to settle into the self.  The word settled is so evocative of the type of groundedness and stability that aligns with Samadhi.”


I need some Samadhi. Barry’s sponsor just died. Eventually, we will all be “grounded” in the sense of being put back into the ground. The groundedness spoken of is the opposite of living in my head, swirling in shame (which is just the flip side of pride). It sounds like humility, which comes etymologically from the Latin (?) word meaning “earth.” Acceptance is where it’s at. Not where I’m at, but where it’s at. 

“This is called jijuyu Samadhi – the manifestation of simplicity.”



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About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

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