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  • Shiju
    Member
    • Oct 2007
    • 29

    Introduction

    Dear members of the Tree Leaf Forum:

    I have just joined the forum, and Jundo has invited me to introduce myself.

    I’m a writer, a retired English professor,and a longtime practitioner of Vipassana and Zen. Until my retirement last year, I taught literature, writing, and classical guitar at Alfred University here in western New York. My areas of concentration were modern poetry and Irish literature. I continue to teach an honors course in Buddhist meditation and to lead the Falling Leaf Sangha, a lay sitting group for students and the community. You can find information about our sangha at http://fallingleafsangha.blogspot.com/ If you are ever in our area, please feel welcome to join us.

    Gassho,

    Ben Howard
    fhowardb@alfred.edu
    Ben
  • Shohei
    Member
    • Oct 2007
    • 2854

    #2
    Welcome and thank you very much for the invitation!

    Gassho
    Dirk

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    • Jundo
      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
      • Apr 2006
      • 39450

      #3
      Hi Ben,

      Not ten minutes after I signed you onto the Forum, I happened to open a neglected copy of Shambala Sun magazine sitting on my desk ... and there is an article by you, an essay you wrote about your retirement. Small (Buddhist) world!

      Any chance you can post it here, for those who do not have the magazine?

      Gassho, Jundo
      ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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      • Rev R
        Member
        • Jul 2007
        • 457

        #4
        hello.

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        • Komoku
          Member
          • Sep 2007
          • 55

          #5
          Welcome professor!
          Gassho,

          Komoku
          古黙

          Sat

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          • will
            Member
            • Jun 2007
            • 2331

            #6
            Welcome Ben.

            Gassho
            [size=85:z6oilzbt]
            To save all sentient beings, though beings are numberless.
            To penetrate reality, though reality is boundless.
            To transform all delusion, though delusions are immeasurable.
            To attain the enlightened way, a way non-attainable.
            [/size:z6oilzbt]

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            • Fuken
              Member
              • Sep 2006
              • 435

              #7
              Hello
              Yours in practice,
              Jordan ("Fu Ken" translates to "Wind Sword", Dharma name givin to me by Jundo, I am so glad he did not name me Wind bag.)

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              • Longdog
                Member
                • Nov 2007
                • 448

                #8
                Hi
                [url:x8wstd0h]http://moder-dye.blogspot.com/[/url:x8wstd0h]

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                • Dainin
                  Member
                  • Sep 2007
                  • 389

                  #9
                  Hi Ben,

                  Welcome to Treeleaf!

                  Gassho,
                  Keith

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                  • Shiju
                    Member
                    • Oct 2007
                    • 29

                    #10
                    Originally posted by Jundo
                    Hi Ben,

                    I happened to open a neglected copy of Shambala Sun magazine sitting on my desk ... and there is an article by you, an essay you wrote about your retirement. Small (Buddhist) world!

                    Any chance you can post it here, for those who do not have the magazine?

                    Gassho, Jundo
                    Jundo,

                    I think my essay "Not Yet" might be protected by copyright. I'll have to check into that. However, those who listened to your talk on right livelihood might be interested in my poem by that name, which can be found at http://unsplendid.com. I wrote the poem on the occasion of my retirement.

                    Gassho,
                    Ben
                    Ben

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                    • Eika
                      Member
                      • Sep 2007
                      • 806

                      #11
                      Welcome, Ben.

                      Bill
                      [size=150:m8cet5u6]??[/size:m8cet5u6] We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life---John Cage

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                      • John
                        Member
                        • Sep 2007
                        • 272

                        #12
                        Hi Ben, Welcome to TreeLeaf. You sure have an interesting background. I used to play classical guitar until my left hand got too weak to hold the barres. I once saw a concert given by the legendary Andres Segovia at Sydney Town Hall way back in the early sixties,

                        Gassho,
                        John

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                        • oxeye
                          Member
                          • Oct 2007
                          • 31

                          #13
                          thanks ben.. welcome on board. - jeff

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                          • Bansho
                            Member
                            • Apr 2007
                            • 532

                            #14
                            Hi Ben,

                            Nice to have you here - welcome.

                            Gassho
                            Ken
                            ??

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                            • Ten
                              Member
                              • Nov 2007
                              • 34

                              #15
                              Nice to meet you, Ben.

                              Gassho.

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