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  • Shokai
    Treeleaf Priest
    • Mar 2009
    • 6391

    The End of Another Season

    Day 31,734 and counting

    Thank you for the many kind birthday wishes !

    Today is day 31,734 in my life and tomorrow I start my 88th trip around the sun which is that Big Star at the center of our constellation in the known Universe. A couple of years ago, based on an average heart rate of 72 beats per minute I calculated the total number of times my heart had taken a beat. Well, that estimate is is now up to 'One billion, six hundred and nine million, four hundred and twenty-five thousand, two hundred and twenty-eight'; an awesome amount by any account. And, I often still wonder how many moments exist in a heart beat and run out of the number of fingers Avaloketeshvara has to count on.

    We've now finished eleven years of the Dharma Gates and it's time to put them to rest until the winter soltice again. This year we received over 29,000 views, making the daily average viewings at just under 300. I see that as one tremendous boost to our combined karmic consciousness. And, I want you all to know how grateful I am for those who participate in this activity. I hope you all found it worthwhile, learned a little bit, and grew in your practice.

    It is sad to break it off but it always ends on a new beginning with the celebration of the Baby Buddha's Birth. Isn't that just fitting; full of ups and downs, empty or not, including many, many miracles and surprises, embracing all conditions of life.
    Thanks again....
    Nine bows to you all in gassho, Shokai stlah
    Last edited by Jundo; 04-10-2024, 01:37 AM.
    合掌,生開
    gassho, Shokai

    仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

    "Open to life in a benevolent way"

    https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39272

    #2




    PS - We should perhaps put these together as a book ...
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • Doshin
      Member
      • May 2015
      • 2644

      #3


      Doshin
      Stlah

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      • Ramine
        Member
        • Jul 2023
        • 79

        #4
        Thank you again.


        Ramine

        Sat and Lah

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        • Tairin
          Member
          • Feb 2016
          • 2733

          #5
          Thank you again Shokai.


          Tairin
          Sat today and lah
          泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

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          • Shinshi
            Treeleaf Unsui
            • Jul 2010
            • 3506

            #6
            Thank you for all your hard work on these Shokai. It has been a great experience.

            And wishing you many more heartbeats.

            Gassho, Shinshi

            SaT-LaH
            空道 心志 Kudo Shinshi
            I am just a priest-in-training, any resemblance between what I post and actual teachings is purely coincidental.
            E84I - JAJ

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            • Zenkon
              Member
              • May 2020
              • 223

              #7
              Shokai

              Thank you for doing this.

              Gassho

              ZenKon
              sat/lah

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              • Shokai
                Treeleaf Priest
                • Mar 2009
                • 6391

                #8
                Thanks again. See you all back next winter

                gassho, Shokai
                stlah
                合掌,生開
                gassho, Shokai

                仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

                "Open to life in a benevolent way"

                https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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                • Tai Do
                  Member
                  • Jan 2019
                  • 1362

                  #9
                  Than you very much and happy birthday again, Shokai. Thank for being a great part in our spiritual journey.
                  Gassho,
                  Tai Do
                  Satlah
                  怠努 (Tai Do) - Lazy Effort
                  (also known as Mateus )

                  禅戒一如 (Zen Kai Ichi Nyo) - Zazen and the Precepts are One!

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                  • Chikyou
                    Member
                    • May 2022
                    • 569

                    #10
                    Thank you for these teachings! I confess I am WELL behind, as I just recorded gate 61 in my journal. Clearly I need more balance in my practice. So I hope these stay up a while, maybe I'll get through them all by the time Ango rolls around again.

                    Gassho,
                    SatLah
                    Chikyō
                    Chikyō 知鏡
                    (KellyLM)

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                    • Jundo
                      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                      • Apr 2006
                      • 39272

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Chikyou
                      Thank you for these teachings! I confess I am WELL behind, as I just recorded gate 61 in my journal. Clearly I need more balance in my practice. So I hope these stay up a while, maybe I'll get through them all by the time Ango rolls around again.

                      Gassho,
                      SatLah
                      Chikyō
                      They will be here until next season begins.

                      Gassho, Jundo

                      stlah
                      ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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