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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39078

    May 15th recommended threads

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

    We announce that Treeleaf Sangha has begun accepting ... though never requiring or pressing ... DONATIONS for those so inclined ...
    Dear Treeleaf Community, I am pleased to announce that from today TREELEAF SANGHA IS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTING DONATIONS to support our activities. Those wishing to Donate may do so at the link above in the header on this page, or here (via PayPal): DONATE (http://www.treeleaf.org/donations-to-treeleaf-sangha/) As said there


    UPDATE: DHARMA TRACKS Across AMERICA (Jul 16-Aug 26) & WASHINGTON RETREAT (Aug 9-14) ... please travel and sit with us, from wherever you are ...
    Dear All. An UPDATE on our DHARMA WHISTLE STOP & SIT ACROSS AMERICA and WASHINGTON DC RETREAT! 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.. That Retreat will be attended by many in our Sangha, and is a


    Why problems are still problems ... yet not problems nor ever where ... and why life's shit is shit yet golden ... I am Shunryo's Pig ...
    Dumped into life’s slop recently, I turned to a book I’ve had on my shelf for a long time but never read: Crooked Cucumber. Just a few pages in, Shunryo tells the story of feeding pigs as a youth that are never satisfied, won’t eat until he leaves because they always want more. This is how we are with problems, says Shunryo,


    Taigu presents A very important article on sitting non-posture by Isso Fujita ...
    Please take the time to chew these wise words of Isso Fujita sensei in Zazen is not Shuzen: http://www.milwaukeezencenter.org/pdf%20files/Newsletters/2011/mzc_news_9-11.pdf#page=3 They are written in the true spirit of Alexander Technique and provide a splendid introduction to the true spirit of practice. Gassho


    Zazen is not rocket science ... The shift ...
    Hello everyone. When you sit, at that moment when you stop all physical movements and become quiet, are you aware that you're doing zazen? Do you think..."there, that's it" - or is there no difference in the content of mind before, during and after sitting? _/|\_ Tony...


    The self's selfish need for self-esteem ... and "non-self esteem" ...
    This was taken from the University of Texas website for counseling and mental health services. Self esteem is something I have always struggled with and I have recently decided to work on it with more focus. Here they are talking about having compassion for yourself. I found this section to have some parallels to Buddhist


    A blast from the pastless past ... A Non-Self Fulfilling Prophesy ...
    Your thinking my description is something hard and out of reach is what makes it hard and out of reach, I think. It is, in fact, an "experience" that anybody can learn to taste any time ... Maybe you are thinking about this wrong. I sometimes compare what we do to those trick Chinese finger cuffs. Remember those?




    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
    Last edited by Jundo; 05-15-2014, 04:41 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Marj
    Member
    • Jun 2014
    • 6

    #2
    Thats hard to do with a typoholic.. I need to vent myself sometimes just to get feedback on ideas. If I wanted to be quiet I wouldnt log onto the internet and be in a social group. I can see however maybe even the poster being silent sometimes. im rather bullheaded when someone says listen and be quiet.. Maybe all be quiet and we all log off but its sure a dead forum if you do that. My mind is a mess due to overdose and almost death a few years ago. but well on my way to the middle way.. Or actually im there if I just now shut up and log off.

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    • Jundo
      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
      • Apr 2006
      • 39078

      #3
      Originally posted by Marj
      Thats hard to do with a typoholic.. I need to vent myself sometimes just to get feedback on ideas. If I wanted to be quiet I wouldnt log onto the internet and be in a social group. I can see however maybe even the poster being silent sometimes. im rather bullheaded when someone says listen and be quiet.. Maybe all be quiet and we all log off but its sure a dead forum if you do that. My mind is a mess due to overdose and almost death a few years ago. but well on my way to the middle way.. Or actually im there if I just now shut up and log off.
      Yes, the Middle Way ... sometimes log on and be silent, sometimes log on and speak, sometimes do not log on and be silent, sometimes do not log on yet speak ...

      ... but always log on and not log on at once, know the Silence in speaking and silence. (A Koan)

      Gassho, J
      ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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