Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pedaling Buddha


I recorded part of a chat I had with Gudo Nishijima recently about the difference between doing zazen regularly and not doing it regularly (or not doing it at all even). Nishijima thinks doing zazen regularly is the most important part of Buddhism. Doing it everyday helps us stay "balanced". He compared doing zazen to riding a bike. If we keep pedaling we keep our balance and the bike keeping moving, but if we stop pedaling we end up losing our balance and falling off.

I asked him some other things too, like what he thinks "Buddha" is.

You can download the mp3 file here (lasts about 6 minutes).

Now I'd better go and get a new bike,

Peter

5 comments:

Al said...

Peter,

Thank you for posting this. It is very helpful.

Al

Uku said...

Thank you, Peter! Let's keep on pedaling! :)

Markus

Chazzy said...

Peter,

Thank you for this inspiring interview.

Charles

Harry said...

Nice one, Peter.

I must harass you more often. :-)

Regards,

H.

Peter said...

Al and Chazzy,

Thanks for your comments. Good to know you enjoyed the talk.

Uku, let's keep on peddling. Hope I fall off less!

Harry, thanks for the harassment. Did me good. I keep thinking I should spend more time blogging. Ah well, I'll try again.

Regards,
Peter

 
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