Announcement: Special Zazenkai NEXT SUNDAY with MUHO NOELKE, Abbot of Antaiji

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39078

    Announcement: Special Zazenkai NEXT SUNDAY with MUHO NOELKE, Abbot of Antaiji




    Dear All,

    I am pleased to announce that MUHO NOELKE, Abbot of Antaiji temple and training center in Japan, will be offering a very special Zazenkai and Talk NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 25th, LIVE from his temple and Treeleeaf Tsukuba. For those who do not know, Antaiji is the temple of the great Shikantaza teachers, 'Homeless' Kodo Sawaki and Kosho Uchiyama Roshis.

    Muho has an interesting story himself, as a German born monk, one of the few (only?) foreign monks to head a Soto Zen temple and training center in Japan. Before that, he trained at monasteries in Japan, then lived for many months as a homeless monk in a park in central Osaka, Japan, where he led a zazen group. (Other noted Teachers associated with the Sawaki-Uchiyama line have been known to lead such groups living in public parks). Since 2002, he has been the Abbot of Antaiji, where hundreds of foreigners and Japanese, seeking hard and dedicated practice, have come through the years. Practice at Antaiji, snowed in part of the year in distant Hyogo Prefecture, is not easy, and the temple is famous for its long hours of Zazen sitting, farm labor in the vegetable fields, and more sitting, with little emphasis on ceremony, talk and the like. A typical sitting schedule during their 9 days of monthly Sesshin looks like this (with 45 minute sittings of Zazen punctuated with 15 minutes of Kinhin) ...

    4am to 9am Zazen
    9am Breakfast
    10am to 3pm Zazen
    3pm Lunch
    4pm to 9pm Zazen
    9pm Lights out

    http://antaiji.org/?page_id=4877&lang=en
    They still rise before 4am on "regular" non-Sesshin days, simply adding in hours of field work and other labor. It really is cut off from the world when the snows hit, like this from last winter (By the way, he lives there with his wife and three kids!) ... a fast Kinhin around the Zendo ...


    Now, our Treeleaf Zazenkai will be, well, just a little bit easier than that. Our sitting schedule will look like this ... perhaps 30 minutes of Zazen, a little Kinhin, a Talk by Muho for 25 minutes or so, and some Questions from our participants. I anticipate the the event will be about 90 minutes or so.

    The festivities will begin at 9pm Japan time Sunday (that is New York 7am, Los Angeles 4am, London Noon and Paris 1pm, all Sunday January, 25th). Muho and I apologize that the hour is a bit early for those on the North American West Coast (you will also need to rise before 4am), but I could not ask a man who gets about at 3:30am every morning to lose more sleep. He is already very generous to schedule this in what is really the middle of the night for him!

    If you would like to read more about Muho, here is a good interview with him ...

    To get up 3:30 clock to sit motionless to 13 hours on a pillow, hard work outdoors, in hot and humid summer and cold winter: Is this hell? Is it luck? It is every day life – for Muho, the German abbot of the Japanese Zen monastery Antaiji ... Antaiji means temple of peace. But who looks here for a peace that rests in idle contemplation, will not find it. “Our Zen practice follows the motto: “A day without work is a day without food”, writes Muho, the abbot of the monastery, and continues: “For us it’s not a question of first change the world around us: we must begin with the revolution within ourselves.

    This means hard work of plowing in spring, mowing in the heat of summer, harvest in the rain and mud of fall and lots of snow in winter, which cuts off the temple from the outside world. This is no form of asceticism, but the plain, original form of Zen life”, writes Muho, “However, self sufficiency is for us no goal in itself: it only serves to support our practice of Zazen.”

    http://maymagazine.eu/en/happiness-2...-to-happiness/
    I would like to fill our hangout and show him a big turnout. I NEED AS MANY FOLKS AS POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY THOSE FAMILIAR WITH HANGOUTS, WHO CAN COMMIT TO JOIN US LIVE FOR THIS ZAZENKAI! If you are interested and can come, please PM me (Jundo). It will be worth your time.

    Gassho, Jundo

    PS - They live almost exclusively by donations at Antaiji, no small expense in maintaining such a place. So, I am going to ask all our Treeleaf members who benefit from Muho's visit (not only the folks joining live, but those who will sit later or just listen to his words), to offer a donation for their upkeep there (if you can afford) It is a special place. Here is the link.

    http://antaiji.org/?page_id=8418&lang=en
    Last edited by Jundo; 01-20-2015, 06:28 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Kyotai

    #2
    Thank you, will take a look at my schedule and see if I can sit live.

    Gassho, Shawn
    Sat today

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    • Mp

      #3
      Wonderful Jundo, thank you ... I will be there live. =)

      Gassho
      Shingen

      Just about to sit

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      • RichardH
        Member
        • Nov 2011
        • 2800

        #4
        Looking forward to this....


        Gassho
        Daizan

        sat today

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        • Myosha
          Member
          • Mar 2013
          • 2974

          #5
          Hello,

          Thank you for the link.


          Gassho,
          Myosha sat today
          "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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          • Yugen

            #6
            I will be honored to attend live.

            Deep bows
            Yugen


            Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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            • Ishin
              Member
              • Jul 2013
              • 1359

              #7
              I will be there live, sounds like a wonderful opportunity for all.
              Gassho
              Ishin

              Sat Today
              Grateful for your practice

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              • Meikyo
                Member
                • Jun 2014
                • 197

                #8
                Hi.

                Will also be honored to attend live. Have sent PM.

                Gassho
                Meikyo
                SAT TODAY!
                ~ Please remember that I am very fallible.

                Gassho
                Meikyo

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                • Ugrok
                  Member
                  • Sep 2014
                  • 323

                  #9
                  This is really great.
                  Thanks Jundo.

                  I don't think i'll be able to be here live, but i will try.

                  If not, i hope we will be able to watch it later !

                  Gassho,

                  Ugrok,
                  sat today

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                  • Jundo
                    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                    • Apr 2006
                    • 39078

                    #10
                    UPDATE:

                    Because I have some Japanese folks in Tsukuba writing me to attend Zazen this week, I will likely ALSO schedule our regular Friday-Saturday Zazenkai the day before (at the usual time). I need to change a personal commitment, but it is now likely we will ALSO have Zazenkai then. I hope some of you can attend if so.

                    Gassho, Jundo

                    SatToday
                    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                    • Risho
                      Member
                      • May 2010
                      • 3179

                      #11
                      This is awesome! I will be sitting non-live, recorded

                      Gassho,

                      Risho
                      -sattoday
                      Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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                      • Kokuu
                        Treeleaf Priest
                        • Nov 2012
                        • 6737

                        #12
                        Unless I have my children, I would very much like this opportunity to attend live.

                        Arthur Braverman's book 'Living and Dying in Zazen' gave me great respect for Antaiji and all those who have practiced there. Offering donations is a great idea.

                        Gassho
                        Kokuu
                        #sattoday

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                        • Mp

                          #13
                          Sounds good Jundo ... thank you for the update. =)

                          Gassho
                          Shingen

                          SatToday

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                          • Shinzan
                            Member
                            • Nov 2013
                            • 338

                            #14
                            Thanks, Jundo, for inviting Muho. I will PM you to be there live. And glad to be there Fri/Sat regular zazenkai too.
                            _/\_ Shinzan
                            sattoday

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                            • Sekishi
                              Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
                              • Apr 2013
                              • 5666

                              #15
                              Lovely! Thank you for arranging this Jundo. I will definitely attend Muho's Zazenkai (PM sent separately), and will try to make Friday as well (will be on the road, but hope to be back by the usual time).

                              Gassho,
                              Sekishi
                              #sattoday
                              Sekishi | 石志 | He/him | Better with a grain of salt, but best ignored entirely.

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