Saturday, March 08, 2014

座禅 hiatus...

I have had to try to move my practice to other areas of my life, as "sitting zen" has been a problem for me of late, since it was extremely painful to set in any of the positions for a long time.  Yes, including a chair.

I have now had surgery to repair a torn meniscus.  It is amazing that this is a relatively straightforward operation these days (costing about as much as a first class intercontinental air fare, in case you're interested).  Hopefully within a few weeks I'll be right as rain.

If you have such  an operation  it gives that whole merit thing a whole new perspective.  Look, if you can sit, great.  If you can penetrate through the Great Matter, great.  But don't pretend that any merit you'd gain this way is better than those for whom such effort is a real tribulation because of physical limitations or economic limitations or family commitments.  It just isn't.

There is a Great Matter to be penetrated, there is a world hurting  to be in the midst of a practice of deep love and compassion, but please don't pretend your practice is better than any greedy person's shiny new toys bought with alienated labor, because you're just making that practice into a shiny new toy.



4 comments:

Chriss Pagani said...

Get well soon. :)

Mumon K said...

Thanks!

Phlie said...

Why not try short laying down meditation?

n. yeti said...

I must chime in here, because I don't think sitting is all that important anymore. I used to, and now I have a bum knee. Knee surgeons must rely on Buddhists the same way orthodontists cater to belligerent drunks. But I digress...

What I think matters is learning how to meditate and then cultivating that skill to the point where it simply doesn't matter if you are sitting, standing, or whatever thing you happen to be doing. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's not important to meditate, which I still think is essential. It's sitting that I think can be dispensed with.