ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39456

    ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

    Hi,

    For our next book in the Book Club and in preparation for our upcoming Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts) Ceremony, I am going to use Robert Aitken Roshi's, THE MIND OF CLOVER. It is a beautiful examination of the Precepts and Buddhist ethics. In fact, the Book Club will become our "Precepts Study Class" in preparation for the Jukai, although folks who just want to read and discuss the book, and not undertake the Jukai ceremony at Treeleaf, are more than welcome to join in. You can treat it as the "Book Club" or the "Precepts Study Class", and even decide to take the Jukai later (although we will also be having a Rakusu sewing class, and that will take time). In addition to Aitken Roshi's book, our readings for the Precepts study will also be supplemented by other writings and essays by other teachers, all of which should be available on the internet and which I will introduce from time to time.

    More information on the Jukai will come this week. The time has come.

    For more details about THE MIND OF CLOVER, and how to order it, please listen to today's talk on the "Sit-a-Long". We will start it soon after finishing Uchiyama Roshi's "OPENING THE HAND OF THOUGHT".

    http://treeleafzen.blogspot.com/2008/07 ... -book.html

    Precepts study is vital for all Buddhists, whether or not you are preparing for the Jukai ceremony. Everyone in the Sangha should join in the book club for this one, I believe.

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Alberto
    Member
    • Apr 2008
    • 78

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    Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

    Looking forward to discussing the book with everybody. It is a fantastic selection, a great read for anybody practicing zazen right from the first chapter: "Without the precepts as guidelines, Zen Buddhism tends to become a hobby, made to fit the needs of the ego". It will be useful for Jukai preparation, but it will be particularly beneficial for anybody concerned that the precepts are or intend to be rigid commandments (as yours truly, raised in a fundamentalist Catholic environment, used to imagine). "They are not commandments engraved in stone, but expressions of inspiration written in something more fluid than water". Thanks, Jundo.

    Gassho

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    • chicanobudista
      Member
      • Mar 2008
      • 864

      #3
      Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

      Great! Looking fwd to it. I am gonna get my copy via Amazon or B&N.
      paz,
      Erik


      Flor de Nopal Sangha

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      • TracyF
        Member
        • Nov 2007
        • 188

        #4
        Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

        I ordered my copy. Looking forward to the study sessions.

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        • Voton
          Member
          • May 2008
          • 45

          #5
          Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

          Robert Aitken is a wonderful, elegant writer, and I look forward to reading and discussing this book.

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          • Shohei
            Member
            • Oct 2007
            • 2854

            #6
            Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

            I just placed my order for the book. Looking forward to reading this book. I,ve been reading Opening the hand of thought on my own with out contributing to the book club. I will do my best to contribute with this upcoming book.
            Gassho
            Dirk

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            • Dainin
              Member
              • Sep 2007
              • 389

              #7
              Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

              I'll be ordering my book as soon as I leave here.

              Gassho,
              Keith

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              • Chris_Tomlinson
                Member
                • Jul 2008
                • 17

                #8
                Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

                I ordered my copy also. I'm looking forward to reading it. Is the Jukai ceremony only done in person? Thanks.

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                • Jundo
                  Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                  • Apr 2006
                  • 39456

                  #9
                  Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

                  Originally posted by Chris_Tomlinson
                  Is the Jukai ceremony only done in person? Thanks.
                  The Jukai ceremony, and all the preparations for it including a series of Rakusu sewing classes, will be done online using our amazing Treeleaf technology (that sometimes even works! ops: ). If we drop all thought of "here" "there" "you" "me" ... what is not "in person"??

                  I am inviting several respected Zen teachers from other lineages to observe how we do this, because I want it to be no more and no less than would occur if we were preparing and holding a ceremony under the same roof.

                  More details will come this week. Look for them. Gassho, Jundo
                  ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                  • Chris_Tomlinson
                    Member
                    • Jul 2008
                    • 17

                    #10
                    Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

                    Thank you teacher. I'll be sure to participate.

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                    • Alberto
                      Member
                      • Apr 2008
                      • 78

                      #11
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                      I am inviting several respected Zen teachers from other lineages to observe how we do this,
                      Man, now I got all little-self-conscious. I guess I'll start behaving like a real buddhist and stop my trash talk about other practices, now that they're going to be watching us. ('Bout time, say the patriarchs about to snap out of satori). :twisted: Oh, well, it was fun while it lasted.

                      Big Mind is still gonna get it, though.

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                      • lindabeekeeper
                        Member
                        • Jan 2008
                        • 162

                        #12
                        Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

                        My copy is on the way. Looking forward to it!

                        Linda

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                        • Kent
                          Member
                          • Feb 2008
                          • 193

                          #13
                          Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

                          Book is on the way and bought a new highlighter :lol:

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                          • agata
                            Member
                            • Jun 2007
                            • 76

                            #14
                            Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

                            Ordering it straight away. I can't find it in Polish, but the English will of course do

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                            • Dainin
                              Member
                              • Sep 2007
                              • 389

                              #15
                              Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: JUKAI / NEW BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB

                              I think Harry brings up a good point here. It reminds me of a passage in Wanting Enlightenment is a Big Mistake. In it a question was asked to Seung Sahn about abortion, and he was unwilling to give a pat, black and white answer.

                              What Harry brings up is something I think we should keep our minds open to, massaged or otherwise. However, a massaged mind sounds rather stimualting. ops:

                              Gassho,
                              Keith

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