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  • SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: Safe Landings

    SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: Safe Landings

    There is a saying in the news business that "IF IT BLEEDS IT LEADS". An air crash or other tragedy captures the headlines and is endlessly examined by 24 hour news coverage, while the thousands
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  • SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Knocking Down Monastery Walls

    SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Knocking Down Monastery Walls


    I often feel that monastic practice is so "yesterday" ... so "13th Century".It's true, and in some very important ways, it may be time to knock down the monasteries, throwing their cloistered inhabitants into the streets! ** For most of its history, lay practice has taken a back seat to the "real spiritual action" said to happen only among the ordained Sangha, usually behind monastery walls. However, this no longer need be the case. I in no way intend to deny the beauty and power of...
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  • SIT-A-LONG with Taigu FUKANZAZENGI 6

    SIT-A-LONG with Taigu FUKANZAZENGI 6

    If however there is the tiniest gap, heaven and earth are far apart. If the least tendency arises to go against or conform, the mind is lost in confusion.

    Cependant, s’il existe le plus
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  • Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (Part XI)

    Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (Part XI)

    What’s the most important thing to remember about ‘breathing‘ during Zazen?

    DON’T STOP!

    Last time, I spoke about how there is no “bad” Zazen, even on those days when the mind
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  • SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Announcing the GLOBAL DAY OF SERVICE

    We are pleased to announce our GLOBAL DAY OF SERVICE initiative here at Treeleaf. Starting in a few weeks, we will be asking each and all of our Treeleaf folks, in some way, to spend a day making their
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  • SIT-A-LONG with Taigu FUKANZAZENGI 7

    SIT-A-LONG with Taigu FUKANZAZENGI 7

    Even if, proud of our understanding and richly endowed with realizations, we obtain special states of insight, attain the truth, clarify the mind, manifest a zeal that pierces the sky, and ramble through
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  • SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Pain, Suffering & Freedom

    SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Pain, Suffering & Freedom

    I have friends these days who are feeling the pain of cancer, grief at the death of a spouse, worry over a sick child, a broken heart from a broken marriage, fear and despair from loss of a job. I wish
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  • SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Sex Scandal Finger Wagging

    SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Sex Scandal Finger Wagging

    I want to wag my finger, not just at the Zen teachers caught in scandals recently (although at most of them too), but at the reactions of some folks to the scandals. Particularly, I want to call out:
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  • SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: The Start of Jukai & Our Treeleaf 'Global Day of Service'

    Today is an auspicious day for our Sangha, as we start our study and reflections on each of the Precepts in preparation for our next Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts) Ceremony in January. Together with
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  • SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: BUDDHA BOO!

    SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: BUDDHA BOO!




    Halloween is a good time to talk about ...


    ... the things that SCARE US!


    Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows at this link. Remember: recording
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