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  • Shugen
    Treeleaf Unsui
    • Nov 2007
    • 4535

    Strangest G+ "hangout"

    Hello all,

    I had something bizarre happen today while in a "hangout" this morning so I thought I would share.

    I got up early this morning to meet with someone on G+. Once my meeting was over, I decided to go ahead and sit Zazen before I had to wake my kids up and get them ready for school. So I started a Hangout and invited Treeleaf Zendo as I usually do when I'm siting online. I got settled on my bench and got to it. About 5 minutes in, I hear someone join. I mute my microphone (in case the kids or dogs start raising hell) and leave my speakers on (so I can hear). Usually when someone from Treeleaf joins, there is a little noise and then silence. (I don't face my computer so can't see what is going on). I guess when you invite the Treeleaf Community, it makes it "public" because the gentleman that joined me did not know what was going on. So I start hearing this running monologue in an Australian Accent. He first tries to get my attention, which I ignore thinking he'll get bored and go on to something else. Nope. He then begins, out loud, trying to figure out what it is I'm doing. You know all those thoughts that run through your head when you have an unusual experience? Well, he verbalized all of them. He commented on everything he could see. You should have heard him trying to figure what I had around my neck! (My rakusu) At one point he went on a run with the idea that it was some kind of performance art. This went on for about 10 or 15 minutes with no end in sight. I finally surrendered. I bowed, which I think startled him, and then proceeded to have a nice chat with a young man from Brisbane about what it was I was actually doing.

    I spoke to someone in Ireland and Australia, all before 7AM! What an amazing world we live in! :-)

    Gassho,


    Shugen
    Meido Shugen
    明道 修眼
  • Shonin
    Member
    • Apr 2009
    • 885

    #2
    Definitely cool stuff.
    Dave _/\_

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    • Daitetsu
      Member
      • Oct 2012
      • 1145

      #3
      Haha, how cool is that? Lovely!

      Thanks for sharing!

      Gassho,

      Timo
      no thing needs to be added

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      • Mp

        #4
        Shugen ... wow, that is kind of funny. I would have had a hard time not grinning from ear to ear.

        Gassho
        Shingen

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        • Koshin
          Member
          • Feb 2012
          • 938

          #5
          Great Thank you for sharing


          Gassho
          Thank you for your practice

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          • Seimyo
            Member
            • Jan 2012
            • 861

            #6
            Hahaha! An interesting audience.

            Did he seem at all curious once you talked with him?

            Gassho
            Seimyo

            明 Seimyō (Christhatischris)

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            • Joyo

              #7
              Shugen, your post made me laugh, that he couldn't figure out what was around your neck! What an amazing experience, wow!!

              Gassho,
              Treena

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              • Myosha
                Member
                • Mar 2013
                • 2974

                #8
                ". . .it was then I noticed the computer was unplugged!"

                Great moment. Thank you.


                Gassho,
                Edward
                "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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                • Shugen
                  Treeleaf Unsui
                  • Nov 2007
                  • 4535

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Seimyo
                  Hahaha! An interesting audience.

                  Did he seem at all curious once you talked with him?

                  Gassho
                  Seimyo
                  A little. He described himself as "anti-religion but was okay with Buddhism". I didn't get to talk to him for too long, my kids needed attending to.

                  Gassho


                  Shugen
                  Meido Shugen
                  明道 修眼

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                  • Shugen
                    Treeleaf Unsui
                    • Nov 2007
                    • 4535

                    #10
                    Originally posted by drocloce
                    ". . .it was then I noticed the computer was unplugged!"

                    Great moment. Thank you.


                    Gassho,
                    Edward
                    Lol! Damn, my secret is out!



                    Shugen
                    Meido Shugen
                    明道 修眼

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                    • Shohei
                      Member
                      • Oct 2007
                      • 2854

                      #11
                      haha okay that is cool

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                      • Nengyo
                        Member
                        • May 2012
                        • 668

                        #12
                        Awesome!
                        If I'm already enlightened why the hell is this so hard?

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                        • Shokai
                          Treeleaf Priest
                          • Mar 2009
                          • 6391

                          #13
                          Recently, I have had people drop in that don't seem to be members of the _Tree leaf Community. I think you are right about community hangouts now being public

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                          合掌,生開
                          gassho, Shokai

                          仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

                          "Open to life in a benevolent way"

                          https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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                          • Shokai
                            Treeleaf Priest
                            • Mar 2009
                            • 6391

                            #14
                            Lol, anti-religion but OK with Buddhism

                            Sent from my Note 2 using Tapatalk4
                            合掌,生開
                            gassho, Shokai

                            仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

                            "Open to life in a benevolent way"

                            https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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                            • Jundo
                              Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                              • Apr 2006
                              • 39075

                              #15
                              Originally posted by Shokai
                              Recently, I have had people drop in that don't seem to be members of the _Tree leaf Community. I think you are right about community hangouts now being public

                              Sent from my Note 2 using Tapatalk4
                              I noticed this Saturday that, when I tried to open the hangout and "invite people", the new interface makes "public" a default choice, and I had to unselect "public". Maybe that was the cause, in that you did not realize that you had to unselect it being a "public" open to all comers hangout.

                              The new interface I encountered this Saturday had several new twists.

                              Gassho, J
                              ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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