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Buddhadharma : Fall 2005
fall 2005| 34 |buddhadharma Tenshin Reb AndeRson wAs oRdAined by shunRyu suzuki Roshi in 1970. he is A foRmeR AbboT of The sAn fRAncisco zen cenTeR And cuRRenTly Resides wiTh his fAmily AT GReen Gulch fARm in mARin counTy, cAlifoRniA. This TeAchinG is AdApTed fRom The new ediTion of his book, wARm smiles fRom cold mounTAins: dhARmA TAlks on zen mediTATion, published by Rodmell pRess, 2005. Shikantaza demands our full self-expression, says Tenshin Reb Anderson, but this can only be realized when we meet intimately with others. as our essential practice at the San Francisco Zen Center. A great deal of his teaching was intended to help us understand what it means to practice just sitting in its true sense. He also told us that his main job as a Zen priest was to encourage people to practice just sitting. He would often say that our practice is just to sit, and then he would say that it might sound easy, but that actually it is rather difficult to under- stand what it means to just sit. In order to help us understand what this just sitting really is, he went on to say that it is just to be ourselves. Finally, he made it clear, at least to me, that we cannot just be ourselves by ourselves alone. We can only just Not by ourselves SeThlevinSon f or the past two hundred years in Japanese Soto Zen, the understanding of most teachers has been that shikantaza, literally translated as “just sitting,” was Dogen Zenji’s essential prac- tice. In accord with this mainstream understand- ing, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi established shikantaza