May 24th-25th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - Sacred Birdy Poop

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39270

    May 24th-25th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - Sacred Birdy Poop

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    Why do birds poop on Buddha's head? (A Koan)
    During the Muzong period of the Tang Dynasty, Cui Qun visited the East Temple in Hunan one day.
    When he saw a bird pooping on the head of a Buddha statue, he declared to the abbot (Chan Master Ruhui)
    that a bird must have no Buddha-nature, as this was disrespectful to the Buddha.
    The abbot responded that birds do have Buddha-nature, stating,
    "Why does it not poop on its own head?"
    COMMENTARY: Birds choose to poop on Buddha's head because Buddha-nature is charitable, tolerates all beings,
    and never cares about external things. Birds also understand this.

    [From a Commentary on the Jingde Record of the Transmission of the Lamp]

    Dear All,
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    Please sit our Treeleaf Zazenkai for 90 minutes with Zazen, Heart Sutra and more. We meet virtually in our Zoom Scheduled Sitting Room here:
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    For local times, please check the Practice Calendar here: TREELEAF NOW >> ( 10am Japan Saturday morning, NY 9pm, LA 6pm Friday night, London 2am and Paris 3am Saturday morning) or sit this Zazenkai any time thereafter here:
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    However, "one way" live sitters are encouraged to come into the Zoom sitting, and just leave the camera and microphone turned off.
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    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)
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    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!
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    Gassho, Jundo
    SatTodayLah
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    PS - There is no "wrong" or "right" in Zazen ... yet here is a little explanation of the "right" times to Bow (A Koan) ...
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    Chant Book is here for those who wish to join in: CHANT BOOK LINK
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    The other video I mention on Zendo decorum is this one, from our "Always Beginners" video Series:
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    Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (12) - Basic Zendo Decorum At Home
    (LINK)
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    I also recommend a little Talk on why small rituals and procedures are so cherished in the Zendo:
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    SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: Small Things in the Zendo
    (LINK)
    Last edited by Jundo; 05-24-2024, 01:39 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39270

    #2
    PS ... Obviously, Master Huangbo never had Barn Swallows flying through his Zendo
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    • Bion
      Treeleaf Unsui
      • Aug 2020
      • 3731

      #3
      We made it to another Zazenkai day! Excited to be there with everyone later!

      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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      • Tairin
        Member
        • Feb 2016
        • 2731

        #4
        Thank you everyone. I had a rare opportunity to sit with you live this evening. I have no idea what happened at the end there. The sound completely cut out on my side so didn’t hear any bells or chanting.


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

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        • Bion
          Bion commented
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          What a nice surprise to have you there live!!

          Gassho
          Sat and lah
      • Bion
        Treeleaf Unsui
        • Aug 2020
        • 3731

        #5
        Thank you, all! It is so good to get together every week and practice! Birdies were superb backup singers for Jundo

        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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        • Jundo
          Treeleaf Founder and Priest
          • Apr 2006
          • 39270

          #6
          Originally posted by Bion
          Thank you, all! It is so good to get together every week and practice! Birdies were superb backup singers for Jundo

          gassho
          sat and lah
          Oh yes, especially about the 17:00 mark. They checked us out and, I am sure, understood that we are pretty harmless.

          Gassho, J
          stlah
          ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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          • Bion
            Treeleaf Unsui
            • Aug 2020
            • 3731

            #7
            Originally posted by Jundo

            Oh yes, especially about the 17:00 mark. They checked us out and, I am sure, understood that we are pretty harmless.

            Gassho, J
            stlah
            They were absolutely more relaxed than last week! Last week was mayhem

            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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            • Kotei
              Treeleaf Unsui
              • Mar 2015
              • 3932

              #8
              Thank you everyone and have a good flight, swallows.
              Be careful with that bird poop, with its alkaline features it might teach us a lesson about impermanence regarding the lacquer and other surfaces, it stays on too long, too.
              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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              • Doshin
                Member
                • May 2015
                • 2644

                #9


                All music

                Doshin
                stlah

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                • Shujin
                  Treeleaf Unsui
                  • Feb 2010
                  • 959

                  #10
                  Happy to sit with y'all this morning. We used to have Barn Swallows on our porch each summer at our first home. In our current space, it's Eastern Phoebes. Less garrulous, but still cute. Off to clean some poop from the railings...

                  Gassho,
                  Shujin
                  Kyōdō Shujin 教道 守仁

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                  • Seijin
                    Member
                    • Nov 2023
                    • 77

                    #11
                    Lovely.
                    Just love how we can be thankful of what shit is given.
                    And give space to the beeings around us.
                    sat/lah
                    Seijin

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                    • Hōzan
                      Member
                      • Dec 2022
                      • 416

                      #12
                      Thank you, all.
                      Sat with you just now.

                      gassho, Hōzan
                      satlah

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                      • Daiman
                        Treeleaf Unsui
                        • Apr 2022
                        • 679

                        #13
                        Thank you for this teaching and opportunity to sit with everyone.

                        Gassho,
                        Daiman
                        ST/LAH

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                        • Seiga
                          Member
                          • Nov 2019
                          • 124

                          #14
                          It was nice to be with you
                          Gasshō
                          Seiga
                          satlah

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                          • Byokan
                            Treeleaf Unsui
                            • Apr 2014
                            • 4280

                            #15
                            Thank you dear Sangha

                            Gassho
                            Byōkan
                            sat + lah
                            展道 渺寛 Tendō Byōkan
                            Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

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