March 15-16th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - A Single Flower (DAYLIGHT SAVINGS!)

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39273

    March 15-16th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - A Single Flower (DAYLIGHT SAVINGS!)


    REMINDER:
    DAYLIGHT SAVINGS START TIME CHANGE NORTH AMERICA

    (not yet Europe/UK, AustraNZ on their own )

    A famous Koan ...

    Once, when the World-Honored One in ancient times was upon Vulture Peak,
    he held up a flower before the assembly of monks.
    At this all were silent.
    The Venerable Mahakashapa alone broke into a smile.

    Mahakasyapa_smiling_at_the_lotus_flower-1639103820.jpg




    Dear All,

    Please sit our Treeleaf Zazenkai for 90 minutes with Zazen, Heart Sutra and more:

    10am Japan Saturday morning, NY 9pm, LA 6pm Friday night, London 1am and Paris 2am Saturday morning, or any time thereafter here:


    However, "one way" live sitters are encouraged to come into the Zoom sitting, and just leave the camera and microphone turned off: Join live (with or without a camera & microphone) on Zoom at: TREELEAF Now OR at DIRECT ZOOM LINK, password (if needed): dogen

    00:00 – 00:15 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA in English) and Dedication
    00:15 – 00:45 ZAZEN
    00:45 – 00:55 KINHIN
    00:55 – 01:25 ZAZEN
    01:25 – 01:30 VERSE OF ATONEMENT & FOUR VOWS
    01:30 - 01:45(?) Informal Tea Time (All Welcome)

    ATTENTION: Everyone, when rising for Kinhin or Ceremonies after Zazen, get up slowly, don't rush, hold something stable, you won't be "late", so TAKE YOUR TIME! Make sure you are careful getting up!

    Gassho, Jundo

    SatTodayLah



    PS - There is no "wrong" or "right" in Zazen ... yet here is a little explanation of the "right" times to Bow (A Koan) ...






    Chant Book is here for those who wish to join in: CHANT BOOK LINK

    The other video I mention on Zendo decorum is this one, from our "Always Beginners" video Series:

    Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (12) - Basic Zendo Decorum At Home
    Some basic decorum and procedures for entering and sitting in your Zendo at home. Also, some instructions on Kinhin "Walking Zazen". Yuriko the cat stops by to help us too. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ3LvIzX0I0 Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 minutes to 35


    I also recommend a little Talk on why small rituals and procedures are so cherished in the Zendo:

    SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: Small Things in the Zendo

    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...s-in-the-Zendo

    Last edited by Bion; 03-15-2024, 02:42 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Bion
    Treeleaf Unsui
    • Aug 2020
    • 3734

    #2
    Most joyful occasion of the entire week! See you all later! Enjoy the day!

    Gassho
    Sat and lah
    "Stepping back with open hands, is thoroughly comprehending life and death. Immediately you can sparkle and respond to the world." - Hongzhi

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    • Kokuu
      Treeleaf Priest
      • Nov 2012
      • 6756

      #3
      I was doing some research (admittedly, mostly Wikipedia!) and discovered that the udumbara flower that the Buddha is said to have held up is a very strange thing.

      The udumbara flower is Ficus racemosa (a fig, like the Bodhi Tree, Ficus religiosa). Its flower actually grows inside the fruit or is part of it. For this reason, it was thought during the Buddha's time to flower only very very rarely, such as once every few thousand years indicating an event such as the birth of a wheel-turning monarch (chakravatin). It is mentioned in the Uraga Sutta (Sutta Nikaya 1:1) because of its perceived flowerlessness:

      The monk seeing
      in states of becoming
      no essence,
      as he would,
      when surveying a fig tree,
      no flowers,
      sloughs off the near shore & far —
      as a snake, its decrepit old skin.

      (https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipi...1.01.than.html)
      In early medieval Japan and possibly elsewhere this flower is believed to be capable of saving the lives of those dying from disease

      In the Atharva Veda, this fig tree (Sanskrit: Umbara or Audumbara) is given prominence as a means for acquiring prosperity and vanquishing foes. In Buddhism, it is more seen as a symbol of the dangers of materialism as the udumbara is a species of what is known as a 'strangler fig' that kills the plant it grows around, just as it is said that materialism eats up anyone who is caught up in it.

      Alternatively it may be that udumbara refers to the blue lotus (Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea) which looks pretty and doesn't strangle other plants. I hope that isn't the case!

      Gassho
      Kokuu
      -sattoday/lah-
      Last edited by Kokuu; 03-15-2024, 08:36 PM.

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      • Kotei
        Treeleaf Unsui
        • Mar 2015
        • 3935

        #4
        Thank you everyone!
        Gassho,
        Kotei sat/lah today.

        義道 冴庭 / Gidō Kotei.
        Being a novice priest doesn't mean my writing about the Dharma is more substantial than yours. Actually, it might well be the other way round.

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        • Kiri
          Member
          • Apr 2019
          • 347

          #5
          Thank you everyone!
          Gassho, Kiri
          Sat/Lah
          希 rare
          理 principle
          (Nikolas)

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          • Doshin
            Member
            • May 2015
            • 2644

            #6


            Doshin
            Stlah

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            • Seijin
              Member
              • Nov 2023
              • 77

              #7
              I started my Saturday morning w you ( youtube version)
              Thanks a lot! So nice to be here.
              Seijin

              Sat (obviously)

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              • Shigeru
                Member
                • Feb 2024
                • 32

                #8
                Thank you for this Zazenkai!

                Gassho
                Will
                SatLah
                - Will

                Respecting others is my only duty - Ryokan

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                • Hōzan
                  Member
                  • Dec 2022
                  • 417

                  #9
                  Sat with you all just now.
                  Thank you, Treeleaf [emoji120]

                  Gassho, Hozan
                  Satlah

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                  • Tairin
                    Member
                    • Feb 2016
                    • 2733

                    #10
                    Thank you everyone. I sat with you this morning


                    Tairin
                    Sat today and lah
                    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

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                    • Anthony
                      Member
                      • Aug 2023
                      • 59

                      #11
                      Thanks all, I sat with you all today, and it was my first time sitting for a full zazenkai.

                      I love the talk about the flower which contains everything, Jundo. Makes me wonder if this is what Mahakashyapa saw when Shakyamuni Buddha held up the flower and transmitted zen.

                      Gassho,
                      Anthony
                      satlah

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                      • Myojin
                        Member
                        • Feb 2023
                        • 234

                        #12
                        Thanks all, I sat with you this morning, albeit in my office before work.

                        Jundo, your talk drives home a good point. During zazen I often get the 'to do list demon', planning my day, what I want to do after zazen, what I need to get done at work, etc etc, and that's just the contents of zazen.

                        When I notice myself going down that rabbit hole, just taking stock of the fact puts it back in order. I usually just say to myself, "now is the time of zazen, you can do the other things later", and and just get back to sitting.

                        Every day is a school day, I'll be doing my homework....

                        Satlah

                        Gassho

                        Myojin

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                        • Bion
                          Treeleaf Unsui
                          • Aug 2020
                          • 3734

                          #13
                          Originally posted by Myojin
                          Thanks all, I sat with you this morning, albeit in my office before work.

                          Jundo, your talk drives home a good point. During zazen I often get the 'to do list demon', planning my day, what I want to do after zazen, what I need to get done at work, etc etc, and that's just the contents of zazen.

                          When I notice myself going down that rabbit hole, just taking stock of the fact puts it back in order. I usually just say to myself, "now is the time of zazen, you can do the other things later", and and just get back to sitting.

                          Every day is a school day, I'll be doing my homework....

                          Satlah

                          Gassho

                          Myojin
                          I just want to say I have deep appreciation for all of you who make the time during your busy work days to sit with the zazenkai. I admire and learn from that dedication you all demonstrate.

                          Gassho
                          Sat and lah
                          "Stepping back with open hands, is thoroughly comprehending life and death. Immediately you can sparkle and respond to the world." - Hongzhi

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