Nov. 3rd-4th, 2023 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf ZAZENKAI - Europe Daylight Savings!

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39211

    Nov. 3rd-4th, 2023 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf ZAZENKAI - Europe Daylight Savings!

    Time has changed in Europe!

    We continue our series on

    Genjo Koan

    'Realizing the Truth Right Here.'

    (text below)

    Dear All,

    Please sit our Monthly 4-Hour Treeleaf Zazenkai netcast LIVE 8am to noon Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 7pm to 11pm, Los Angeles 4pm to 8pm (Friday night), London 11pm to 3am and Paris midnight to 4am (early Saturday morning)), and also sitable any time thereafter:

    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

    Dharma Talk Audio / Podcast Episode:
    Hello, Sangha Our Treeleaf Zendo Podcast begins a new series of talks, this time on master Dogen´s Genjo Koan, based on the modernized translation of the fascicle by our very own Jundo, found in his book ¨The Zen Master's Dance (¨ The first episode in the series,

    The Sitting Schedule is as follows:

    00:50 - 01:00 KINHIN
    01:00 - 01:30 ZAZEN
    01:30 - 01:50 KINHIN

    01:50 - 02:30 DHARMA TALK & ZAZEN
    02:30 - 02:40 KINHIN & HOKEY-POKEY RITUAL

    02:40 - 03:15 ZAZEN
    03:15 - 03:30 KINHIN
    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


    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

    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

    A little talk about small customs and rituals in the Zendo (such as straightening our slippers, not taking a short cut across the room, keeping our hands a certain way), and why those are elements of practice. It applies mostly when sitting in a formal group, like our weekly Treeleaf Zazenkai, but it is good to incorporate

    Last edited by Jundo; 11-03-2023, 06:43 AM.
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39211

    This is the fifth in a monthly series based on my modernized translation of the Genjo Koan, from my book ...

    A Guide to Understanding Dōgen and Who You Are in the Universe

    Other translations of the Genjo can be found here for comparison: (LINK)

    Today, we find enlightenment in EVERY aspect of this world, even the hard parts we do not welcome ...

    And we find enlightenment in how we live in this world, finding our own role ...

    So, when the Buddhist truth does not truly fill your whole
    body and mind, you think the situation is already enough
    and that you can stop. But when the Buddhist truth fills
    your body and mind, you understand that there is always
    something more, so you keep moving onward.

    Don’t be one of those people who tastes a little peace and timelessness on the meditation cushion or elsewhere in life then gets puffed up with such achievement, or disappointed when it does not last forever. Better is the person of true freedom who can know a deep, abiding peace, sometimes felt and sometimes hidden like the moon, right in this world of peace and conflict, light and darkness, rain or shine. Better to be the person aware of timelessness even as the clock keeps ticking, as years pass, as youth fades, and as we grow older. Enlightenment is not a frozen event in time, but a living truth that we keep practicing in order to manifest its light. Enlightenment is like a sailing trip that continues through all weather and features, not something halted in a
    shapeless sea:

    For example, if someone sails in a boat out to the middle of
    the ocean where no land is in sight and looks all around,
    the ocean looks circular and empty, and does not look to
    have other form. But the ocean is truly not round or square,
    and its features are varied beyond count. It is like a palace of
    endless rooms. It is like a jewel of countless facets. It only
    looks circular and empty as far as seen by the eye at that
    time. All things of the world are like this.

    The graceful dance goes on, and it is not a matter of stopping suddenly, finished or frozen on a barren stage. Calling some round, lifeless realm as “nirvana,” as if some featureless and final ending, would be like a sailor in the open sea, surrounded by nothing but water, the bare horizon a circle in all directions, thinking that such was the whole world, and that he could stop right there forever. It is a kind of stagnation or anchoring that halts the voyage, missing true arrival at the shores of wisdom found all around. Be wise and welcome all the complexity, diversity, and impurities of this world as that same purity in a different guise. ...

    Though the earthly world and the world-beyond-conditions
    have so many features, we can perceive and understand
    only as far as our eye can reach through practice. In order
    to grasp the real nature of countless things, you must know
    that the oceans and land have infinite varied features
    besides their appearance as round or square. Whole worlds
    are found all around. It is so, not only looking out to the
    periphery, but also directly under your feet and in every drop of water.

    Welcome all the diversity of this ailing and healthy, up and down world. This is where Buddhas come alive, where enlightenment is put into action, where the moon shines to let all scenes glow. Don’t try to understand it all, don’t try to master or control it. Rather, begin with your own practice, right where you sit and stand and walk and breathe. All the complex shapes of life are simplicity in another form. All the rough and sharp edges are roundness in another expression. One who understands this is truly a master.

    A fish swims in its ocean, and no matter how far it swims,
    the waters are without end. A bird flies through its sky, and
    no matter how far it flies, the sky is without end. At the
    same time, the fish and the bird have never left their water or
    their sky. When their need is large their use will be large.
    When the need is small their use is thus small. Thereby, each
    of them totally uses its full range in each moment, and each
    of them wholly brings its realm to vibrant activity. Yet, if the
    bird were to leave the air, it would die at once. If the fish
    were to depart from the water, it would die at once. Thus we
    can conclude that water is life and air is life. Bird is life and
    fish is life. Also, life is the bird and life is the fish. In this
    same way, practice-enlightenment is the expression of
    bounded and boundless life right here and now.

    If a bird or a fish attempts to fully explore the reaches of its
    field without swimming or flying in it, this bird or this fish
    will never find its way or place. But when we find our place
    where we are here and now, practice occurs that actualizes
    the universe. When we find our way in this moment, practice
    occurs that actualizes the universe.

    ... We are the life of this earth, and like the fish in the water and birds in the sky who bring water and sky to life, all this world is our extension, not merely our location. This is your place, your life right here, and you cannot be anywhere other than where you find yourself so long as you are alive. So please live this life well and experience this place wisely. The possibilities, if not quite endless, are greatly up to you. We human beings cannot change all the circumstances in which we find ourselves, but within our realms we have more power than we know to range freely. Please swim or fly your course with grace and skill. ... How you live, how you practice right now within this limited yet unlimited world, is where it all comes to life. ... You cannot go ahead but from right here, you cannot do but do right here, you cannot stay up or fall but from right here, you cannot fly gracefully or fly gracelessly in any sky but right here, you cannot act in peace or in anger except right here. ... Life is made real by how you live it, here and now. This is practice-enlightenment.

    ~ ~ ~
    Last edited by Jundo; 11-03-2023, 10:36 PM.


    • Jundo
      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
      • Apr 2006
      • 39211

      Our Dance today will be the "Jewish-Arab Peace Song" from a few years ago ... seemingly so distant now, let us still have hope ...

      Last edited by Jundo; 11-03-2023, 08:27 AM.


      • Daiman
        Treeleaf Unsui
        • Apr 2022
        • 668

        Hello All,
        I so want to be live with you all today for zazenkai, but my wife and I are making up for our anniversary getaway that was washed out a few weeks ago with a tropical storm. I will sit with you all by way of the recording. May you all be healthy, happy, safe, and at peace.


        Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


        • Shade
          • Aug 2020
          • 159

          Hello everyone,

          Many thanks to all of you who participated in last night's Zazenkai. It was good to see everyone!





          • Doshin
            Treeleaf Unsui
            • May 2015
            • 2644




            • Kotei
              Treeleaf Unsui
              • Mar 2015
              • 3924

              Thank you everyone!

              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.


              • Tairin
                • Feb 2016
                • 2725

                Thank you everyone. I sat with you this morning.

                Sat today and lah
                泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods


                • Hōzan
                  • Dec 2022
                  • 411

                  Thank you all.
                  Sat this one with you just now.

                  Gassho, Michael