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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39472

    January 22nd recommended threads

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

    Please remember that we are in our Treeleaf Global Service Days: January 11-25 2014 ...

    How to turn into a tree ... turning into what we already inter-are ...
    found this today. Thought it was an interesting idea. What are your thoughts on such a concept. http://xposethereal.com/health/how-to-turn-into-a-tree-after-you-die.html

    Formula-non-formulas ... every day is a good day ... The answer is probably not 42! ...

    A simple moment ... Zazen and a toothache ...
    Just wanted share this experience: Today was one of those days that didn't go as planned and I kept pushing back later and later my time to sit in zazen. Then with my wife and inlaws at dinner out and I was at house watching two year old he develops a sudden teething pain in his far back molar (if you don't have kids these are


    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.

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

    Also, 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
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39472

    I would also like to mention these three threads which, although a bit philosophical sometimes, are actually each about how we can get very caught in our views, ideas and intellectual analysis and philosophizing.

    Do not mistake the finger pointing at the moon for the moon itself.

    On the other "one hand" hand ... we also say that one must ultimately realize that moon and finger were one all along. The moon points at the finger and the moonlight fills the pointing.

    Our way is not simply to be free of all thoughts and thinking. It is just not to be tangled in them, their prisoner ... and to let the light illuminate.

    A Nietzsche quote about thinking and ego
    Hello guys! So I'm (trying) to read through Nietzsche's "beoynd good and evil", for me it's a hard task. Most of the time it feels like the old man is speakling in pure riddles. Anyway, I came through a passage where he is talking about thoughts and ego and I'd like to share it with you all. "With regard to

    Elephants painting pictures of the moon ... Buddhist Fundamentalism
    I had liked a page on Facebook entitled "Buddhism" and today I saw this discussion taking place about this particular picture and video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He7Ge7Sogrk what followed was quite shocking to me and I would like to hear some thoughts from all here. I removed the names of the people, and the

    "Shouting down the truth"
    I read a line in one of Brad Warner's books about how we DELIBERATELY "shout down the truth", basically avoiding it. The truth is right here but we avoid it and suffer.Also read eckhart tolle mention something along similar lines "kicking and screaming into heaven". Very interesting considering you would

    Let me also mention a lovely post today on a powerful experience during Zazen ... Open Heart ... not every unusual perspective or moment is "Makyo" ...
    Hi all I have noticed that when I sit, one of the things that happens when self seems to drop away is that my heart opens (or maybe my heart opening causes the self to drop away, it is hard to tell which). This is hard to describe but it feels like an opening or even flowering in the chest/heart area followed often by one of