Both you and Bill are 'right'.


"Shikantaza is a Japanese term for zazen introduced by Rujing and
associated most with the Soto school of Zen Buddhism, but which also is
"the base of all Zen disciplines."

According to Dôgen Zenji, shikantaza i.e. resting in a state of
brightly alert attention that is free of thoughts, directed to no
object, and attached to no particular content—is the highest or
purest form of zazen, zazen as it was practiced by all the buddhas of
the past.

The modern Japanese Zen master, Hakuun Ryôko Yasutani says:
"Shikantaza is the mind of someone facing death. Let us imagine that you
are engaged in a duel of swordsmanship of the kind that used to take
place in ancient Japan. As you face your opponent you are unceasingly
watchful, set, ready. Were you to relax your vigilance even momentarily,
you would be cut down instantly. A crowd gathers to see the fight. Since
you are not blind you see them from the corner of your eye, and since
you are not deaf you hear them. But not for an instant is your mind
captured by these impressions." (Introductory Lectures on Zen Training,

The term is believed to have been first used by Dôgen's teacher
Tiantong Rujing, and it literally means, "nothing but (shikan) precisely
(da) sitting (za)." In other words Dôgen means by this, "doing only
zazen whole-heartedly" or "single-minded sitting." Shikantaza implies
"just sitting", and according to author James Ishmael Ford, "Some trace
the root of this word to the pronunciation of the Pâli vipassana,
though this is far from certain."


--- In, Anthony Wu <wu...@...> wrote:
> Bill,
> As I already said, shikantaza denotes 'only sit'. The rest are derived
meanings. For you the derivative of shikantaza is clear mind.

> Anthony

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