Special Treeleaf Event - Guest Teacher, Rev. Shodo Spring - Saturday January 6th

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39453

    Special Treeleaf Event - Guest Teacher, Rev. Shodo Spring - Saturday January 6th

    Dear All,

    To start the New Year ...

    ... Rev. Shodo Spring, Soto Zen Priest, social and environmental activist, and the author of the beautiful essay we are now visiting in our Treeleaf 'No Words' Book Club,' When the World is On Fire: Reflections on These Times (so appropriate for this New Year) ... is coming to Treeleaf as a Guest Teacher next Saturday, January 6th!

    Although written in 2017, her essay is, alas, still poignant and even more important now in 2024. Shodo, as priest and activist, writes about being at ease with uncertainty even as she works to protect the environment in the places she can, and about conversations with nature and with each other. Please have a look: (LINK) She is coming here Saturday to talk about it. Please try to join us. I would really like to get LOTS of members of our 'Digital Sangha' to attend this event via ZOOM ... And even if you have not been joining in our readings! Come anyway! (And the chapter is available at the above link too.)

    Shodo is the founder and driving force behind the MOUNTAINS and WATERS ALLIANCE, combining Zen practice with environmental and social concern:

    More about Shodo:

    Shodo Spring is a Soto Zen priest and dharma heir of Shohaku Okumura. Before encountering Zen in 1983 she had studied physics and social work, and practiced as a psychotherapist. She met the Dharma through Dainin Katagiri in Minnesota, studied at San Francisco Zen Center, and finally trained with Okumura Roshi. She was interim priest at Anchorage Zen Communityin 2010-11 and volunteered with Brahmavihara Cambodia in 2014.

    In 2004 Shodo organized public sitting outside the political conventions and joined a group walking between them, from Boston to New York. In 2006 she walked the Texas-Mexico border with Claude Anshin Thomas in the American Zen Pilgrimage. After receiving Dharma Transmission, she organized and led the 2013 Compassionate Earth Walk, a 3-month spiritual walk along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route in the Great Plains. That walk began with a vision and has shaped her whole life since.

    Currently Shodo sits monthly Antaiji-style sesshins in the tradition of her lineage, and has founded Mountains and Waters Alliance to work together with all beings for the welfare of the whole earth. She lives on a farm, apprenticing herself to the plants, waters, animals and earth, learning to be human. She spends time with her children and grandchildren.

    List of Other Publications:
    editor, The Mountains and Waters Sutra: A Practitioner’s Guide to Dogen’s “Sansuikyo” by Shohaku Okumura. Wisdom Publications 2018.
    “Finding Home in the Vow” in Boundless Vows, Endless Practice: Bodhisattva Vows in the 21st Century, Published by Sanshin Zen Community. April 2018
    “Right Action” in The Eightfold Path, Temple Ground Press 2016.
    Take Up Your Life: Making Spirituality Work in the Real World. Tuttle 1996
    She writes in her essay:

    Once I found an aliveness in the woods. Now I find it in the untamed space called zazen -- and in human community, and still also in woods, hills, starry skies, gardens and flowers and small beings. This receiving brings enormous gratitude, and also a desire to protect. I long to see humans relating to the natural world as part of it, as family, and not as something to use, dominate, or conquer. I want to share that this is a joyful and wonderful way to live. ...

    ... When we stop imagining that we are alone, life becomes possible. I am going to go out on a limb and say that to practice is to join the conversation, to live in the conversation with all beings -- with wind and stars, rivers and mountains, prairies and woodlands ...
    The event will last about an hour or 90 minutes, and will commence Saturday, January 6th, 8:00am, California Time, which is Minnesota (Shodo's place) 10:00am, New York 11:00am, London 4:00pm and Paris 5:00pm, Saturday. It will also be recorded for later viewing. You can join the event in the SCHEDULED SITTING ROOM on Zoom LIVE with camera and microphone so that we can see and hear you (however, "one way" live sitters who do not wish to be seen or to speak are encouraged to come into the Zoom sitting, and just leave the camera and microphone turned off or not connect them) all at the following link: TREELEAF Now OR at DIRECT ZOOM LINK, password (if needed): dogen

    It can also be viewed "one way" at the time, or later, at the following screen:

    Even if you do not have the book, you can read a PDF version here from PAGE 240 (please consider to purchase the book if the remainder looks interesting to you):

    Zen Teachings For Challenging Times - Second Half (PDF DOWNLOAD LINK)

    There will be a Q&A after her talk, at which you can either ask a LIVE question, or email me a question which I will read (email your question to Jundotreeleaf[a]gmail.com)

    I would really appreciate a BIG TREELEAF TURNOUT for this event, and I assure you that it will be worth your time to attend.

    The event is free, but we ask those who can afford to make a voluntary donation, whatever you might afford and feel's right, to the group she has founded, the MOUNTAINS and WATERS ALLIANCE, which she works hard to maintain, via this link at their web page (please indicate that Treeleaf sent ya, and it is for this event ):

    Thank you.

    Shodo's essay is part of an AMAZING book which I cannot recommend highly enough to all, a very unique collection of short essays by a group of women Soto Teachers, focused on Zen Wisdom and Compassion applied to real life problems. The book deserves to be better known, and is not to be missed. We are currently reading and reflecting on it in our "No Words" book club (LINK)

    Gassho, Jundo


    Last edited by Bion; 01-02-2024, 09:07 AM.
  • Onkai
    Treeleaf Unsui
    • Aug 2015
    • 2889

    Thank you, Jundo, for arranging this event. I'm looking forward to it.

    Gassho, Onkai
    Sat lah
    美道 Bidou Beautiful Way
    恩海 Onkai Merciful/Kind Ocean

    I have a lot to learn; take anything I say that sounds like teaching with a grain of salt.


    • Kaitan
      • Mar 2023
      • 471

      Very interesting guest


      stlah, Bernal
      Kaitan - 界探 - Realm searcher
      Formerly known as "Bernal"


      • Kotei
        Treeleaf Unsui
        • Mar 2015
        • 3981

        Looking forward to it!
        Thank you.

        Kotei sat/lah today.

        義道 冴庭 / Gidō Kotei.
        Being a novice priest doesn't mean my writing about the Dharma is more substantial than yours. Actually, it might well be the other way round.


        • Hōzan
          • Dec 2022
          • 429

          Thank you, Jundo.
          Will try to arrange my afternoon so I can attend.

          Gassho, Michael


          • Kokuu
            Treeleaf Priest
            • Nov 2012
            • 6785

            Great to have Shodo Spring to talk. I should 100% be there.



            • Onki
              Treeleaf Unsui
              • Dec 2020
              • 695

              Amazing! Thank you, Jundo! [emoji1431]



              Sat today/LAH
              “Let me respectfully remind you
              Life and death are of supreme importance.
              Time swiftly passes by
              And opportunity ist lost.
              Each of us should strive to awaken.
              Awaken, take heed,
              Do not squander your life.​“ - Life and Death and The Great Matter


              • Seikan
                • Apr 2020
                • 712

                Thank you Jundo for arranging this! It sounds like it will be a wonderful event. I'll have to catch up with the recording as I already have other plans at that time (sadly...).


                聖簡 Seikan (Sacred Simplicity)


                • Jundo
                  Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                  • Apr 2006
                  • 39453

                  It will be interesting. Shodo wrote to me, in response to our reading her essay, that she has evolved quite a bit from the "Shodo back then" ...

                  ... I will be interested to hear of what she feels has changed ...

                  Gassho, J

                  ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE


                  • Shokai
                    Treeleaf Priest
                    • Mar 2009
                    • 6391

                    Unfortunately, I need to watch the recorded version. We have a n open house at the senior center and I will be manning a table to promote the meditation sessions.

                    gassho, Shokai

                    仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

                    "Open to life in a benevolent way"



                    • Myojin
                      • Feb 2023
                      • 237

                      Thanks to Shodo Spring for a fascinating talk. I caught it yesterday whilst giving my son his morning feed.