June 9th Recommended Threads

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39485

    June 9th Recommended Threads

    I encourage looking at these threads, topics and posts today ..

    Please sit, any time, our monthly 4-hour Zazenkai ... continuing our dance with Master Keizan ... LINK

    Our latest 90-minute Zazenkai is available any time too ... Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - White Board ... LINK

    The Talk on Master Keizan's Yojinki, from our monthly Zazenkai, is available as part of our Podcast ... with other classics too ... Dharma Study Series ... LINK

    Washin continues his sitting for peace ... hopefully there is electricity ... LINK

    Mindful of mind ... Magnanimous mind, Beginner's mind? ... LINK

    When to sit Zazen ... and for how long ... all beyond measures of time ... ZazWhen? ... LINK

    It is okay for Zen folks to be sad sometimes ... Sadness ... LINK

    It is okay to go to hospital sometimes too, if one needs ...Strength and Support ... LINK

    Sometimes we need to say "enough" ... even to beloved family ...​ Bodhisattva Vows and Establishing Boundaries ... LINK

    In [EcoDharma] ... Rev. Kokuu introduces Plant Breathing ... LINK

    Also in [EcoDharma] ... The Great Turning podcast, Episode four: There is No Future if We Go Numb ... LINK

    In [HealthDharma] ... discussion continues ... Turning Suffering Inside Out ... LINK

    A question on simple Oryoki ... and information on our Oryoki practice group, starting soon ... LINK

    The friendly Floating Tea House has a New Time!! ... and their are other casual tea houses too ... LINK

    Tonglen ... right to you too ... LINK

    And I (Jundo) am off to Taiwan late next week, to lecture on Buddhism, Tech and Ethics at a big conference ... check out these videos ... LINK: BUDDHISM, CONSCIOUSNESS and AI CONFERENCE LIVESTREAMING REGISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENT

    And available now, hopefully into the far far future ... my book ... BUILDING the FUTURE BUDDHA: The Zen of A.I., Genes, Saving the World, and Travel to the Stars ... Please do me a favor and post an Amazon review if your feel like it (it all helps) ...


    And DON'T FORGET! ... the experiment continues, and we need you! ...

    I am so glad if this place and the practice are benefiting you. If so, you might consider a DONATION to Treeleaf at this LINK, although there is absolutely no need or requirement to do so. Thank you.


    In a Zen Monastery, SILENCE or A FEW WISE WORDS are cherished over MANY WORDS. Thus, I advise folks to restrain the need to speak unless the heart truly calls. If you find yourself posting many times each day, maybe consider what truly needs to be said ... and when it is best just to answer with silence and an inner Gassho.

    SILENCE OR A FEW HESITANT WORDS OF FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT OFTEN SPEAK MOST PROFOUNDLY. Post when it is truly important to you and needs to be spoken from the warm heart.

    (BUT too much silence or shyness can also be excessive ... so take the Middle Way!)

    As a powerful Zen practice about not falling into words and thoughts, simplifying ideas, not getting tangled, we ask people to keep sentences few in posting. However, it is not some law or hard rule at all. If someone really has something in their heart to say, and it is vital and cannot be said more concisely or silently, then say what one is called to say: In such case, no limit on words needed.

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    As well, to those who may get lost among the many threads and conversations in our Forum, please think of a monastery made of wood or brick, with 100 monks holding 10,000 conversations in the hallways, kitchen, Abbot's rooms and library (I assume no chatting in the Zendo where people sit Zazen).

    Would you need or want to hear or join in all or most conversations? Of course not! You would, at best, pick and choose the conversations relevant and helpful to you.

    So here too in our Sangha, NO NEED TO READ EVERY CONVERSATION: Try to note the ones that seem helpful to your Practice or interests, leave the rest. The above threads are a few suggestions.

    Gassho, Jundo

    (Sorry to run long)