March 9th, 2013 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! (Come Dance the 'HEARTlem SHAKE'!)

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39450

    March 9th, 2013 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! (Come Dance the 'HEARTlem SHAKE'!)

    Dear All,

    Our Sitters this week should be prepared to dance the 'HEARTlem SHAKE' as our Heart Sutra chant this week. DETAILS BELOW!

    OUR TALK THIS TIME WILL BE ON ZEN PRACTICE AND ALL OF LIFE as SILLY DANCING!

    Please 'sit-a-long' with our MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI, netcast LIVE 8am to noon Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 6pm to 10pm, Los Angeles 3pm to 7pm (Friday night), London 11pm to 3am and Paris midnight to 4am (early Saturday morning))

    ... to be visible at the following link during those times and any time thereafter ...

    LIVE ZAZENKAI NETCAST at GOOGLE+ IS HERE:
    CLICK ON THE TAB ON LOWER RIGHT FOR 'FULL SCREEN




    FOR THOSE NOT ALREADY MEMBERS OF THE CIRCLE WHO WISH TO JOIN TO SIT LIVE WITH A CAMERA, INSTRUCTIONS are posted AT THIS LINK. WE ARE NOW LIMITED TO 10 INDIVIDUALS WITH CAMERAS, BUT ANY NUMBER CAN WATCH LIVE 'ONE WAY' AND SIT-A-LONG VIA THE ABOVE SCREEN. IF JOINING WITH CAMERA, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR MICROPHONE IS MUTED:

    The Sitting Schedule is as follows;

    00:00 - 00:50 CEREMONY (HEARTlem SHAKE / SANDOKAI IN ENGLISH) & ZAZEN
    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

    02:40 - 03:15 ZAZEN
    03:15 - 03:30 KINHIN
    03:30 - 04:00 METTA CHANT & ZAZEN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT, FOUR VOWS, & CLOSING


    Our Zazenkai consists of our chanting the 'Heart Sutra' and the 'Identity of Relative and Absolute (Sandokai)' in English (please download our Chant Book at the link below), some full floor prostrations (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish), a little talk by me ... and we close with the 'Metta Chant', followed at the end with the 'Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'. Oh, and lots and lots of Zazen and walkin' Kinhin in between!

    Please download and print out the Chants we will recite at the following link (PDF):

    Chant Book (PDF)

    or

    Chant Book (SHORT VERSION HTML)

    I STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU POSITION YOUR ZAFU ON THE FLOOR IN A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE NOT STARING DIRECTLY AT THE COMPUTER SCREEN, BUT CAN GLANCE OVER AND SEE THE SCREEN WHEN NECESSARY. YOUR ZAFU SHOULD ALSO BE IN A POSITION WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE COMPUTER SCREEN WHILE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE ZAFU FOR THE CEREMONIES, AND HAVE ROOM FOR BOWING AND KINHIN.

    ALSO, REMEMBER TO SET YOUR COMPUTER (& SCREEN SAVER) SO THAT IT DOES NOT SHUT OFF DURING THE 4 HOURS.


    I hope you will join us ... an open Zafu is waiting. When we drop all thought of 'here' 'there' 'now' 'then' ... we are sitting all together!
    Last edited by Jundo; 03-08-2013, 11:04 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39450

    #2
    All folks joining in our Heart Sutra ceremony this month are requested (in fact, dancing is not optional!) to join in the 'HEARTlem Shake' as our "Heart Sutra" recitation.

    For you folks who don't know what the "Harlem Shake' is (like me until about two days ago! ) ... here are some examples. You will be expected to stand solemnly in Gassho as I kick it off and, at the appropriate time JUMP IN! Yes, please bring any costumes or props you feel express who you are (ah, maybe not too risky please!) .

    Please study closely the following for the exact time you are to jump in ...



    Are we being silly!? OF COURSE! Can the Heart Sutra be a silly dance? OF COURSE!

    I actually am making a point here (for those who need some philosophical justification for dancing, as if that is needed! ) ... that all life is a dance, this world is a dance ... it is a dance of our happiness, a dance of our sorrows, a dance of falling in love, a dance of losing those we love, a dance we dance ... a dance which dances us ... a dance dancing the dance. Life is wonderfully serious-silly dance.

    I hope you will all be brave and jump in! In fact ... DANCING IS MANDATORY! NO JUST STANDING THERE TODAY!

    I wish to thank our Myoku who made a small change to one word in the Harlem Shuffle ... it now says ...

    Con los Buddhistas!

    (Also thank you to Heisoku's teenage son who offered to help). Here is Myoku's version ..



    Gassho, J
    Last edited by Jundo; 03-08-2013, 09:59 AM.
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    • Jundo
      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
      • Apr 2006
      • 39450

      #3
      By the way, this world changing dance crosses all cultures and ages ...

      Last edited by Jundo; 03-07-2013, 07:02 AM.
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      • Kyonin
        Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
        • Oct 2010
        • 6742

        #4
        Con los Buddhistas!

        This is a can't miss! Of course I'll be there live

        Gassho,

        Kyonin
        Hondō Kyōnin
        奔道 協忍

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        • Myozan Kodo
          Friend of Treeleaf
          • May 2010
          • 1901

          #5
          Hi,
          Wish I could be there live. Can't wait to sit (and dance!) the recorded version.
          Gassho
          Myozan

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          • RichardH
            Member
            • Nov 2011
            • 2800

            #6
            I'll be here.


            Gassho
            Daizan


            ....still got some moves methinx.

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            • Mp

              #7
              Update: Unfortunately, I have a client meeting this afternoon, so I will try my best to make it ... might be later, or have to sit with recording.

              I be there dancing live.

              Gassho
              Shingen
              Last edited by Guest; 03-08-2013, 02:49 PM. Reason: update

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              • Koshin
                Member
                • Feb 2012
                • 938

                #8
                Will be there, not the whole Zazenkai tough, just one hour :P

                Gassho


                PS: Practicing my dance already
                Thank you for your practice

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                • Dosho
                  Member
                  • Jun 2008
                  • 5784

                  #9
                  Unfortunately, I will not able to participate due to family concerns.

                  Gassho,
                  Dosho

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                  • Matt
                    Member
                    • Oct 2012
                    • 497

                    #10
                    Going to join right now...gassho, Matt

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                    • Koshin
                      Member
                      • Feb 2012
                      • 938

                      #11
                      That was fun Have a great weekend, will "join" zazenkai tomorrow

                      Gassho
                      Thank you for your practice

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                      • RichardH
                        Member
                        • Nov 2011
                        • 2800

                        #12
                        Thank you,...and thank you for the dance.

                        I need to duck out and get some sleep early tonight. (not because of the dance! )


                        Gassho, Daizan

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                        • Jundo
                          Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                          • Apr 2006
                          • 39450

                          #13
                          Thank you to all the dance partners today! Myozan, love the cricket gear!

                          Here is the "Zen Monks Ballet" I mentioned, the monks of Sojiji during their Morning Chanting ... Check out from the 7:15 to 12:00 mark. What they are doing is a ritual reading of a very large Sutra, by flipping through the pages. The idea behind it is very much like the Tibetan Prayer Wheel, where every turn of the Sutra in the wheel gathers merit ...



                          Gassho, J
                          ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                          • Jundo
                            Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                            • Apr 2006
                            • 39450

                            #14
                            And here is the Hatsune Miku Heart Sutra we danced second ... perhaps not your image of the "Heart Sutra" ...



                            More on Hatsune Miku ...


                            Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) is the first Japanese Vocaloid2 in the Vocaloid2 Character Vocal Series, the third Japanese Vocaloid created by Crypton Future Media, and is the seventh Vocaloid to have appeared overall; released on August 31, 2007. She is considered as the most popular and well known Vocaloid and the first to become a pop idol. The data for the voice was created by sampling the voice of Saki Fujita (藤田 咲, Fujita Saki), a Japanese voice actress.

                            Crypton had the idea to release Miku as "an android diva in the near-future world where songs are lost."[3][4] When KEI illustrated Miku, he was asked to draw Miku as an android and a color scheme to go off of (based on YAMAHA synthesizer's signature blue-green color). Crypton also provided KEI her detailed concepts, however, Crypton says it was not easy to explain what a "Vocaloid" was like to him, and KEI says he could not create an image of a "singing computer" at first, as he did not even know what a "synthesizer" was. It took him more than a month. [5] The digital design on Miku's skirt and boots are based off synthesizer program colours and the bars represent the actual bars within the program, following Crypton's idea. Part of her design seems to be based on Yamaha's keyboard model DX-100 [6].
                            "Miku" redirects here. For other uses, see Miku (disambiguation). Hatsune Miku VOCALOID2 Append English VOCALOID3 Light Vivid eVocaloid VOCALOID4 V4 English V4 Chinese | Piapro Studio | Songs Albums Notable Originals Hatsune Miku (初音ミク), codenamed CV01, was the first Japanese VOCALOID to be both developed and distributed by Crypton Future Media, Inc.. She was initially released in August 2007 for the VOCALOID2 engine and was the first member of the Character Vocal Series. She was the seventh VOC


                            Does Hatsune Miku have Buddha Nature?


                            Gassho, J
                            ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                            • Jundo
                              Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                              • Apr 2006
                              • 39450

                              #15
                              There are many many different versions of her Heart Sutra ... this one with English subtitles ...



                              also ... thrash metal ...

                              HEAVY METAL PONPONPON (by XODUS)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f04mx-a60dYHeart Sutra Thrash Metal Arrangementhttp://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm12090904from ni...


                              ... and R&B (I think these are human voices mixed in) ...

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