Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39458

    Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

    Hey Guys,

    Because of an unfortunate small delay in filing some papers at the Tokyo immigration bureau for my Japanese "Green Card" residency, it turns out that I must leave Japan for a few days because my present visa is about to expire ... Oh well. My wife SWEARS that this is not a trick by her to get me out of the country so she can be rid of me. :cry: Theoretically, I can come back into Japan after stepping out for a few days ... and, theoretically, I will still have a home and family to come back to. :shock:

    Anyway, I stumbled on a US $400 round trip plan ticket to Ho Chi Minh City, so I will be heading to Vietnam on Saturday. It seems like a good place to spend my exile. I will be there 10 days (I would really love to spend a month, but ... 10 days is more than enough), and travel a bit in the South of that country. I have been to Thailand and Laos (and used to live in China), but never Vietnam, so I am looking forward to it. I have made arrangements to try some of the local Zazen too.

    My only concern is that internet could be very spotty, or non-existent, many days. For example, I am going to try to do the monthly 4 HOUR Zazenkai this coming Saturday at the normal time ... but I have no idea if I will have an internet connection that will support it. If I do not "show up" at the appointed hour, please understand. The same for other sittings and such ... and I plan to continue doing the daily sittings one way or another, even if a little early or late, or in "non-visual" form.

    It will be great if I can get the video working and take the whole Sangha along on this trip.

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • TracyF
    Member
    • Nov 2007
    • 188

    #2
    Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

    Holy cow! Good luck, Jundo. I hope you get that straightened out. :shock:

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    • chicanobudista
      Member
      • Mar 2008
      • 864

      #3
      Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

      From an engaged buddhist pov, you can use this time to think and meditate about all immigrants that have to go through this and be separated from loved ones. This is part of the life experience for us in the US-Mexico border.

      Best of luck. Namaste.
      paz,
      Erik


      Flor de Nopal Sangha

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      • will
        Member
        • Jun 2007
        • 2331

        #4
        Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

        I have made arrangements to try some of the local Zazen too.
        Are you going to be visiting at a monastery there or other?

        G,W
        [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.
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        • Eika
          Member
          • Sep 2007
          • 806

          #5
          Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

          Safe travels, Jundo.


          Gassho,
          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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          • Jundo
            Treeleaf Founder and Priest
            • Apr 2006
            • 39458

            #6
            Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

            Originally posted by chicanobudista
            From an engaged buddhist pov, you can use this time to think and meditate about all immigrants that have to go through this and be separated from loved ones. This is part of the life experience for us in the US-Mexico border.

            Best of luck. Namaste.
            Yes, no doubt I have it easy ... not a laughing matter. Back in Florida, among Haitian friends, you hear stories of harrowing boat rides at the hands of smugglers, or incredible hassles even for immigrants who went through legal channels. One visit to the immigration office here in Japan makes it clear that one receives a very different treatment based on factors such as education and country of origin. The Japanese immigration makes no bones about breaking up families all the time, same for the US immigration I know. The immigration side of globalization makes for many hardships and is certainly not fair.

            Will, yes I am planning some monastery visits for Zazen and such.

            Gassho, Jundo
            ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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            • chicanobudista
              Member
              • Mar 2008
              • 864

              #7
              Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

              Originally posted by Jundo
              The Japanese immigration makes no bones about breaking up families all the time, same for the US immigration I know. The immigration side of globalization makes for many hardships and is certainly not fair.
              I hope the best for you and your family. Namaste.
              paz,
              Erik


              Flor de Nopal Sangha

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              • Shui_Di
                Member
                • Apr 2008
                • 210

                #8
                Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

                HI Jundo...

                I hope you will enjoy your trip in Vietnam....

                and don't forget to share your experience about the zen monastery over there....

                Wish you luck....

                Gassho, Shui Di
                Practicing the Way means letting all things be what they are in their Self-nature. - Master Dogen.

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                • Tony-KY
                  Member
                  • Nov 2007
                  • 63

                  #9
                  Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

                  Have a safe trip, Jundo!

                  Looking forward to hearing about it.

                  Gassho, Tony

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                  • CinnamonGal
                    Member
                    • Apr 2008
                    • 195

                    #10
                    Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

                    Good luck, Jundo!

                    If not for this visa-thing who knows when you would take the chance to go to Vietnam. And now you HAVE to. :-)

                    It is not quite around the corner but you are always welcome to stop by Sweden although not necessarily in exhile. Look forward to hearing about your trip and zazern in Vietnam.

                    Gassho,

                    Irina
                    http://appropriteresponse.wordpress.com

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                    • Dojin
                      Member
                      • May 2008
                      • 562

                      #11
                      Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

                      enjoy your trip Jundo.
                      may your zazen be enjoyable and profound.

                      Gassho.
                      I gained nothing at all from supreme enlightenment, and for that very reason it is called supreme enlightenment
                      - the Buddha

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                      • Bansho
                        Member
                        • Apr 2007
                        • 532

                        #12
                        Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

                        Hi Jundo,

                        Have a great/safe trip :!: Under the assumption that you'll have internet access, I look forward to our Treeleaf 'school trip' to Vietnam - yippee! :lol:

                        Gassho
                        Ken
                        ??

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                        • kshetra

                          #13
                          Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

                          Hi Jundo, I'm hoping you will have a very good trip there. It is a beautiful place as I am sure you know.

                          I/we are looking forward to whatever you wish to share when you return.

                          Safe journey,

                          Kshetra

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                          • Shugen
                            Treeleaf Unsui
                            • Nov 2007
                            • 4535

                            #14
                            Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

                            Have a safe trip.

                            Ron
                            Meido Shugen
                            明道 修眼

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                            • Kent
                              Member
                              • Feb 2008
                              • 193

                              #15
                              Re: Sit-a-Long with Jundo in Vietnam

                              Have a safe trip Jundo. I've been to south Vietnam and it was a beautiful country regardless of the circumstances. Gassho Kent

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