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Rev Tairyu Furukawa March 1996
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Geoff Carpenter March 1996
Rev John Paraskevopoulos March 1996
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Rev Jack Austin September 1996
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Rules for Being Human
Unknown September 1996
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Joren MacDonald September 1997
Self Power and Other Power Play Together
David Brazier
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Faith in What?
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The Myokonin
Friedrich Fenzl September 1997
Toshio Murakami September 1997


Buddhist Study Center, Hawaii.

The following is taken from an issue of Metta, the newsletter of the Buddhist Study Center in Hawaii, who have given us permission to reproduce helpful articles. The Center has daily sessions for Seiza and teaches the technique to students. The article - which is slightly abridged, is written by the Director, Rev Toshio Murakami and shows us a traditional approach to meditation within the Jodoshinshu tradition.

Seiza is applicable whenever and wherever you are. The most important thing is daily practice regardless of the length of time that you can manage. This method of meditation is simple.
The first step: sit with your eyes closed. Straighten your spine. Breathe naturally. Pay attention to the rhythm of inhaling and exhaling accompanied with sensations in accordance with movements of respiration.

The second step: gradually, exhaling longer and inhaling shorter. Exhale completely with abdominal breathing. Expand and then wither your abdomen by breathing, not to expand and wither your chest. Body senses, images, thoughts and fantasies may appear while you are concentrating your mind on breathing. As they appear, do not force yourself unreasonably to get rid of them. Let your body senses, images, thoughts and fantasies float freely and at the same time concentrating on your breathing. You may gradually become one with breathing.

Sutra chanting can then be practised, and it naturally follows in harmony with breathing.

This article first appeared, with the Author's permission, in PLN 10, September 1997. Republished here in agreement with the compiler/editor of the inaugurate hard copy Journal. The Author, any person or any organisation credited, quoted or connected with this article are cordially invited to contact me with any comments, amendments, fresh contributions or complaints. email me



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