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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39451

    January 31st Recommended Threads

    A special word of THANK YOU to Seimyo and Sekishi especially for service this week above the call of duty to get this place working again after some software glitches made everything go haywire. They are still working this weekend get more of the bugs out.




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

    Please sit along with our January 29th-30th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai ...
    Hello All, Please 'sit-a-long' with our weekly FRIDAY/SATURDAY 'LIVE FROM TREELEAF' 90 minute ZAZENKAI, netcast from 10am Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 8pm, Los Angeles 5pm (Friday night), London 1am and Paris 2am (early Saturday morning) ... and to be visible on the following screen during those times and


    Note next week ... Parinirvana At Home Memorial & Zazenkai 2016 ... in memory of family, friends, teachers ...
    Dear All, A couple of years back, some of our Sangha members requested a day to remember those who had passed from this world among family and friends ... February is a time of Memorial & Celebration for NEHAN-E (Parinirvana Gathering), the traditional day to mark the historical Buddha's death and passing from this


    In the wordless book club ... Opening the Hand of Thought - Chapter 5 ...
    Zazen and the True Self ... I am writing a book with an old friend, a theoretical physicist, in which he shoots out an idea from physics and I respond from a Zen point of view (not sure if the book will ever be finished, as we only have a few pages so far) ... ... but one idea we both kinda agree with is that, from one


    A discussion posture as --not-- one size fits all ... Kekkafuza posture questions ...
    Hi all I am looking for precise instructions for placement of legs and hands in kekkafuza (full lotus). The instructions in Uchiyamas' "Opening the Hand of Thought" are rudimentary and when I search the internet, what I am looking for doesn't come up, so thought I would ask here. I am well aware that out bodies are


    ... and note especially this on Lotus Posture and True Lotus Posture ...
    Hi all I am looking for precise instructions for placement of legs and hands in kekkafuza (full lotus). The instructions in Uchiyamas' "Opening the Hand of Thought" are rudimentary and when I search the internet, what I am looking for doesn't come up, so thought I would ask here. I am well aware that out bodies are


    A thread that makes me fall asleep ... Do you think non-thinking in toward sleep at night? ...
    I thought I'd try, just because I'm curious. Turns out, my straying thoughts are what seem to lead to sleep. So I'd catch the thought drifting and bring back to nonthinking ish and be awake again. Turns out, I'm better at that than I am on the zafu during drowsy times haha. Can one aim toward ZZ' in to sleep or would that




    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
    Last edited by Jundo; 01-31-2016, 02:45 PM.
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