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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39065

    December 4th Recommended Threads

    Dear All,

    Please note the most of Treeleaf Forum will be closed to posting from late FRIDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 4th until LATE SUNDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 6th (based on US West Coast Time) so that we may attend quietly to this weekend's Annual Two Day 'ALL ONLINE' ROHATSU RETREAT.

    Our main Retreat page is now open ...



    I encourage looking at these threads, topics and posts today (and after Rohatsu Retreat ) ...

    Sitting "Retreat" with the kids and work and ringing doorbells ... SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Rohatsu, Retreat and Family ...
    This week we celebrate ROHATSU, remembering the Enlightenment of the Buddha who sat under the Bodhi Tree, realizing the end of his long search as he saw the light of the Morning Star. If you cannot travel to a Rohatsu Retreat, we invite you to sit in "retreat" just where you are, with our Treeleaf Sangha Annual


    Perhaps suggest a name for our new Treeleaf App ...
    Hi everyone, The yet to be named Treeleaf-Jundo-Quote-App is available for testing. This is a browser version (beta 1), if we're all happy with it I'll turn it into a proper app for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone. Please take a look and let me know what you think, and be frank about it. If it's crap, I want to know ;) Is


    How not to argue about politics (even when having opinions) ... and don't forget dropping all "opinions" too ... Politics, arguments, struggles within and practice ...


    Some information from Jishin for mental health professionals with PTSD ...




    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.



    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.

    Oh, and we do ask folks to note that they have SAT ZAZEN THE PREVIOUS DAY BEFORE POSTING IN THE FORUM (please read about that here):

    Dear All, Treeleaf Sangha is a Practice Place centered on the daily Sitting of Shikantaza Zazen. We ask all our members to have sat Zazen sometime in the preceding day (today or yesterday) before posting in this Forum and joining in discussion. Please have "Sat" before any "Chat". gassho1 Also, both as


    Gassho, Jundo


    SatToday!
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39065

    #2
    And a look back for all the folks just coming out of Ango ... Ango Practice Partner Exercise #7 ... reflections on Ango ...

    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • Tai Shi
      Member
      • Oct 2014
      • 3302

      #3
      What is Ango?
      Elgwyn
      sat today
      Gasso
      Gratefully with _/|\_
      Peaceful, Tai Shi. Ubasoku; calm, supportive, for positive poetry 優婆塞 台 婆

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      • Mp

        #4
        Originally posted by Elgwyn
        What is Ango?
        Elgwyn
        sat today
        Gasso
        Gratefully with _/|\_
        Hello Elgwyn,

        Here is a quote form Jundo about Ango ... also, you can read more about it from the Ango period we just finished for 2015.

        Originally posted by Jundo
        What is "ANGO"?

        Ango, literally “peaceful dwelling”, is a period of concentrated and committed Zen practice, usually lasting three-months in the Soto Zen tradition. The roots of Ango arise from the earliest days of the Buddhist monastic community in India, when monks and nuns would cease their wandering and settle together in one place for the rainy season. Even today in Zen monasteries of Japan, Ango is a time of intense and rigorous training, typically including long hours of Zazen, short hours for sleep, formal meals taken in the Zendo (meditation hall), and a structured schedule for the rest of the day comprising periods for work, liturgy, study, rest, and personal needs. In the West, most Zen groups have adapted the form of the three-month practice period to the needs and demands of life in their communities.
        Ango 2015: http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...0-Days%29-2015

        Gassho
        Shingen

        #satoday

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