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  • Saijun
    Member
    • Jul 2010
    • 667

    First Anniversary

    Hello friends,

    Today is my one year anniversary at Treeleaf. In that time, I have sewn an O-kesa and two rakusu(s?), sat more Zazen than I could easily quantify, had expectations and pre-conceived notions shattered, intensified my practice, relaxed my practice, made many many friends and met many many wonderful teachers. I've experienced some sweeping vistas and also some mud pits. I've read viewpoints that I otherwise would not have read, met people that I would have otherwise not been able to meet, taken Jukai with an online Sangha, sat Rohatsu with a physical Sangha, and am grateful beyond words for each and every member of this Sangha.

    From the very depths of my being, thank you all.

    Metta and deep deep Gassho,

    Saijun
    To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. --RBB
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39459

    #2
    Re: First Anniversary

    Originally posted by Saijun
    Hello friends,

    Today is my one year anniversary at Treeleaf. In that time, I have sewn an O-kesa and two rakusu(s?), sat more Zazen than I could easily quantify, had expectations and pre-conceived notions shattered, intensified my practice, relaxed my practice, made many many friends and met many many wonderful teachers. I've experienced some sweeping vistas and also some mud pits. I've read viewpoints that I otherwise would not have read, met people that I would have otherwise not been able to meet, taken Jukai with an online Sangha, sat Rohatsu with a physical Sangha, and am grateful beyond words for each and every member of this Sangha.

    From the very depths of my being, thank you all.

    Metta and deep deep Gassho,

    Saijun
    Thank you, Saijun. Good to have your here.

    No place to get, yet working so diligently! Wonderful!

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • Hoyu
      Member
      • Nov 2010
      • 2020

      #3
      Re: First Anniversary

      Hi Saijun,

      Happy Treeleaf Anniversary! Glad you made your way here! Thank you for all that you have shared with us! May we all have many more great years here together

      Gassho,
      John
      Ho (Dharma)
      Yu (Hot Water)

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      • Kaishin
        Member
        • Dec 2010
        • 2322

        #4
        Re: First Anniversary

        Congrats! One year down, forever to go
        Thanks,
        Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
        Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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        • Seiryu
          Member
          • Sep 2010
          • 620

          #5
          Re: First Anniversary

          Happy Treeleaf Anniversary!

          Its amazing how when we look back at our journey just how much we have done...

          Thank you for being part of this Sangha

          Gassho


          Seiryu
          Humbly,
          清竜 Seiryu

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          • Shugen
            Treeleaf Unsui
            • Nov 2007
            • 4535

            #6
            Re: First Anniversary

            Happy Anniversary! It's a pleasure practicing with you. (And everyone else for that matter )

            Ron
            Meido Shugen
            明道 修眼

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            • Dosho
              Member
              • Jun 2008
              • 5784

              #7
              Re: First Anniversary

              Thank you for your practice Saijun!!

              Here's to many more years...

              ...deep bows.

              Gassho,
              Dosho

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              • Geika
                Treeleaf Unsui
                • Jan 2010
                • 4980

                #8
                Re: First Anniversary

                Saijun,

                You have done a lot-- I'm proud!

                Amelia
                求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
                I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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                • Saijun
                  Member
                  • Jul 2010
                  • 667

                  #9
                  Re: First Anniversary

                  Originally posted by Amelia
                  Saijun,

                  You have done a lot-- I'm proud!

                  Amelia
                  Hello friends,

                  I'm sorry if I came across as boasting or proud. I was trying to make the point that this Sangha is a wonderful opportunity for sincere practice, regardless of what those looking on from the more traditional practice places may think. And really, it's all about you. I know that I couldn't have done any of that without the support of the Sangha.

                  So, thank you for supporting me for a year. I hope that someday I'll be in a position to repay your generosity.

                  Metta and Gassho,

                  Saijun
                  To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. --RBB

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                  • Risho
                    Member
                    • May 2010
                    • 3179

                    #10
                    Re: First Anniversary

                    Happy Anniversary!
                    Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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                    • Hoyu
                      Member
                      • Nov 2010
                      • 2020

                      #11
                      Re: First Anniversary

                      Saijun wrote:
                      I'm sorry if I came across as boasting or proud
                      Hi Saijun,

                      Didn't come across that way to me! I saw it more as a reflection on all you have experienced over the past year, not an ego trip.

                      Gassho,
                      John
                      Ho (Dharma)
                      Yu (Hot Water)

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                      • Dokan
                        Friend of Treeleaf
                        • Dec 2010
                        • 1222

                        #12
                        Re: First Anniversary

                        Thank you for your practice Saijun. I know myself I can recount several times you have said things that have provided much clarity to my murky mind.

                        Gassho,

                        Shawn
                        We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
                        ~Anaïs Nin

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                        • Kyonin
                          Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
                          • Oct 2010
                          • 6742

                          #13
                          Re: First Anniversary

                          Hi Saijun

                          Happy anniversary! May you find much things to learn and have many more Buddhist adventures you can share with us. Thank you! :mrgreen:
                          Hondō Kyōnin
                          奔道 協忍

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                          • Myoku
                            Member
                            • Jul 2010
                            • 1487

                            #14
                            Re: First Anniversary

                            Gassho Saijun,
                            Peter

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                            • KellyRok
                              Member
                              • Jul 2008
                              • 1374

                              #15
                              Re: First Anniversary

                              Hello all,

                              Saijun -
                              So, thank you for supporting me for a year. I hope that someday I'll be in a position to repay your generosity.
                              It has been wonderful having you at Treeleaf for the last year, and you repay us by doing only what you are already doing. Thank you for your practice and support of us. :wink:

                              Happy Anniversary to all Treeleafers!

                              bows,
                              Kelly/Jinmei

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