The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39450

    The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

    Hi All,

    I am very content to share with the entire Sangha photographs of ....

    ... our new (although in a redone old building) ZAZEN HALL! Thanks to our wonderful carpenters, Aita san and Ushioda san, the new/old Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan is now about ready ... the tatami mats are in, the Zafus, and Buddha is in his place ...

    ... all that we await are some lights and heat. I mean, I could do that the old fashioned way ... with oil lamps and hot coals. But that is why many an old Japanese building burned to the ground!. So, I think I will wait for the more modern way! 8)

    I am also moving ahead to organize a sitting group here in our town to come sit in it! It could sit about 25 to 30 people, if there were ever that many to sit in it.

    (Please see the pictures below of the east half the interior with our Buddha in the center of the room, and the exterior in scaffolding as they are still repairing the outside which has been heavily damaged over the years. )

    As I have mentioned before our "Treeleaf Zen Center' in Tsukuba is not meant to be a ‘Buddhist temple’, but a western style ‘zen center’ as one might now find in so many towns and cities in North America and Europe. That means that it is meant to be just a place to drop in to sit Zazen and learn a bit about Zen practice and philosophy. I am trying to bring a bit of the vibrancy and creativity of Zen in the West back to the "home country" of Japan.

    This new addition accompanies our daily "Sit-a-long with Jundo" Zazen netcast's moving home on January 1st to SHAMBHALA SUNSPACE, the webpage of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma magazines, where we will be a daily featured Buddhist blog ... sitting there just as we do now at Beliefnet. You should not notice much change in the content, however, and I will continue as my usually dull self.

    Here is the Shambhala Sunspace. They have promised to let me know our new URL this week, which I shall pass on as soon as I hear ...

    http://www.shambhalasun.com/sunspace/

    So, that's the news! Please join in the celebration, and I hope you will come sit in our new Zen Hall in Japan someday.

    Gassho, Jundo



    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Seishin the Elder
    Member
    • Oct 2009
    • 521

    #2
    Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

    Wonderful! Beautiful in its simplicity. I've always thought that Zen was the Trappists of Buddhists!!

    After the heat gets put in, will this be the sight of future retreats and ceremonies?

    Gassho,

    Denis

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    • Dosho
      Member
      • Jun 2008
      • 5784

      #3
      Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

      Looks wonderful Jundo. I do not have the words to express my gratitude for all that you have done for all of us as your "usually dull self".

      Originally posted by Jundo
      So, that's the news! Please join in the celebration, and I hope you will come sit in our new Zen Hall in Japan someday.
      It's a date. Well, a promise to make a date...someday.



      Gassho,
      Dosho

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      • BrianW
        Member
        • Oct 2008
        • 511

        #4
        Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

        Jundo,
        This look beautiful! I hope one day to visit!
        BrianW

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        • Al
          Member
          • May 2007
          • 400

          #5
          Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

          Wow, Jundo, this is awesome, congratulations! It looks great.
          Gassho _/\_

          brokenpine.tumblr.com

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          • SunnyP
            Member
            • Aug 2009
            • 51

            #6
            Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

            Looks wonderful! Congratulations.
            Paula

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            • Shohei
              Member
              • Oct 2007
              • 2854

              #7
              Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

              Wonderful!! Next time im in your neighborhood () I would be honored to have a sit there with you! (or anywhere)

              Gassho
              Shohei

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              • torotech
                Member
                • Aug 2008
                • 32

                #8
                Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

                Looks like a great place to ....well, sit.

                -Brian

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                • Taigu
                  Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
                  • Aug 2008
                  • 2710

                  #9
                  Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

                  We will all sit there again and again and again...

                  gassho


                  Taigu

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                  • Shugen
                    Treeleaf Unsui
                    • Nov 2007
                    • 4535

                    #10
                    Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

                    Very nice!

                    Ron
                    Meido Shugen
                    明道 修眼

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                    • AlanLa
                      Member
                      • Mar 2008
                      • 1405

                      #11
                      Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

                      Um, is it wheelchair accessible?
                      Otherwise I will have to sit "there" from "here."
                      Assuming I ever get there, anyway.
                      AL (Jigen) in:
                      Faith/Trust
                      Courage/Love
                      Awareness/Action!

                      I sat today

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                      • Jundo
                        Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                        • Apr 2006
                        • 39450

                        #12
                        Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

                        Originally posted by AlanLa
                        Um, is it wheelchair accessible?
                        Otherwise I will have to sit "there" from "here."
                        Assuming I ever get there, anyway.
                        It is! I made sure. Several of the sitting benches pull out for wheelchair access and or chairs to be substituted!

                        Gassho, J
                        ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                        • AlanLa
                          Member
                          • Mar 2008
                          • 1405

                          #13
                          Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

                          Much appreciated, Jundo :!:
                          AL (Jigen) in:
                          Faith/Trust
                          Courage/Love
                          Awareness/Action!

                          I sat today

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                          • BrianP
                            Member
                            • Jun 2008
                            • 83

                            #14
                            Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

                            Looks great! I would love to visit some day!

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                            • KellyRok
                              Member
                              • Jul 2008
                              • 1374

                              #15
                              Re: The New (Old) Zen Hall at Treeleaf in Japan ... PHOTOS!

                              Hello all,

                              It looks wonderful - I too would love to come see it in person. Until then, I will admire from afar... still sitting with you.

                              Gassho,
                              Kelly (Jinmei)

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