Shikantaza Meditation

Shikantaza meditation is beyond words, and cannot be described in words. However many zen teachers have used suggestive words and phrases such as
    just sitting, meticulously upright
    wholeheartedly being here now
    already complete
    desireless, notion-less emptiness
    right effort, leading to no effort
    totally subjective body-mind-universe
    big mind, and small mind, are one mind
    being shikantaza, being koan
    merging, being absorbed
    koan "Who am I?" into koan "What is This"
    aware, present and inclusive
    each moment fresh, and new
    purely experiential
    the self selfing itself, for itself
    the dharma gate of joy and ease
    innocence of Time
    consciousness becoming conscious of itself
    awareness resting on awareness
    the latter from Catholic, not confined to Zazen
    think not-thinking, non-thinking, beyond thinking
    One must disappear in the sitting
    don't go anywhere, just stay here
    being empty of oneself
    unstained
    no preferences, desires or aversions
    non objective, free of objects
    dropping off body and mind
    no ego, I, me or mine
    non judgmental
    not believing in ideas or ideals
    non belonging
    non-excluding
    releasing all energy, and effort
    nothing to gain, attain, accomplish or figure out
    no hope or expectation, conscious or unconscious
    Pay attention, don't believe anything, and don't take it personally
    "when we sit we are nothing, we do not even realize what we are"
    "not clinging to self, not even holding a perception of self"
    Don't recall, imagine, think, examine, control ... just rest
Doing: Just sitting, settling, fully present and attentive, --
Allowing: Feelings and thoughts arise, are noticed, and let go
Minding: Quiet, open, flexible, appreciative, noticing, responsive, without boundaries
Being: Knowing, with occasional waves of thinking, feelings, emotions, impulses, muscle tensions, pains, sensations, consciousness.

Cliff's Shikantaza
Maezumi Roshi's Alternatives
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