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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39216

    May 5th recommended threads

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

    At the top of our ranking: BOOK OF EQUANIMITY - Case 37 ... the Person of No Rank ...
    Case 37 never ends, yet now comes ... Case 38: Rinzai's Person of No Rank (True Man of No Rank) This case is the theme of the Dharma Talk for our Zazenkai this month ... please have a listen (from 1:48:00 here, the Talk and Q&A is about 30 minutes) ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-qLFt3F3rg#t=8337 http://www


    This Koan was also featured during our OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI ... which you are invited to sit now ...
    THE READINGS [from Masters Rinzai and Thich Nhat Hanh] FOR THE TALK ARE BELOW IN THIS THREAD. Dear All, Please 'sit-a-long' with our MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI, netcast LIVE 8am to noon Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 7pm to 11pm, Los Angeles 4pm to 8pm (Friday night), London midnight to 4am and Paris 1am to 5am


    A reminder of our upcoming Sesshin in Washington D.C (Aug 9-14) with Taigu and introducing our 'DHARMA TRACKS Across AMERICA' (Jul-Aug), a rail and car trip across the Eastern US by Jundo & son to sit with as many of our members as possible ...
    UPDATE: IN CONSIDERATION OF THE ECOLOGY AND MANY FACTORS, THE ORIGINAL CAR TRIP PLAN BECAME A LARGELY RAIL TRIP ... A DHARMA WHISTLE STOP & SIT! Dear All, July and August of this year (2014) will be very eventful for our community! Of course, August 9th through 14th, Taigu will be guiding a SESSHIN in WASHINGTON D.C..


    A timeless oldie but goodie from Taigu ... A bunch of twigs ...
    A poem is basically something beyond common understanding. As Will pointed out, it speaks for everybody and in a different way. Or the very beautiful answer of Tobiishi: So what I am about to undertake is neither easy nor definitive. Just a few clues really. A few pointers. A bunch of modest and simple twigs, a bit


    What is the pointless point of Zazen? ...
    Maybe the point of zazen is this: you sit immobile, facing a wall, being bored, and you do it for years, until you finally realize that there's no point to zazen, there never was, and you finally just give up and accept that what you are, at that moment, is what you are. That if you thought there was a goal to seek, you finally


    What is the purposeless purpose of practice and life?
    Hi dear teacher Jundo and other teachers What is the purpose of our practice ? Some of buddhist schools says to free our self from birth and death . And other to rebrith into buddha pure land . and other to attain happiness in this life . Do we in soto school agree with one of them or we have other opinion ? And what about


    So many lovely versions of Chanting the Heart Sutra ... but the real music is right through both language and silence ...
    Most ways I've heard people chant the Heart Sutra in English are monotonous, and, to me, remove all of the meaning from the text. I think it can be done in a more interesting way; how about this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80loDNNRfB4 Gassho, Kirk (Posted from my iPhone; please excuse any typos or brevity.)


    Look here for Seeing the True Nature ...
    Hi dear teacher Jundo and other teachers and friends . When i read bodhidharma teaching he emphasize on seeing your true nature . Whatever you practice is go in vain Unless you see your nature . He said : And the mind is the Buddha. And the Buddha is the path. And the path is Zen. But the word Zen is one that remains a puzzle





    A Re-MINDER on SIMPLICITY:

    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
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • John Cloud
    Member
    • Apr 2014
    • 51

    #2
    Thank you very much dear jundo

    Gassho _/|\_

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    • Marj
      Member
      • Jun 2014
      • 6

      #3
      The Heart Sutra still befuddles me.. I know its something to do with duality.. Being I live in dual body its really tough to step out of it..

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      • Jundo
        Treeleaf Founder and Priest
        • Apr 2006
        • 39216

        #4
        Originally posted by Marj
        The Heart Sutra still befuddles me.. I know its something to do with duality.. Being I live in dual body its really tough to step out of it..
        Yes, if it were easy I would be out of a job.

        Marge, even though your self is something of a dream, might I trouble you to introduce yourself here and (even though the Heart Sutra teaches that we are all "avatars" in a sense) plese post some human face as your "avatar" in this Forum?



        Although the Heart Sutra teaches that there is no separate thanked nor thanked ... yet Gratitude goes all around ...

        Thank you, Marj!

        Gassho, Jundo
        ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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