• About Treeleaf Zendo

    Treeleaf Zendo is a Zen Buddhist Sangha in the Soto lineage of Masters Eihei Dogen, Gudo Wafu Nishijima and Rempo Niwa, former Abbot of Eiheiji. The teacher is Jundo Cohen.

    We practice 'just sitting' Shikantaza Zazen.

    This Zendo is dedicated to students of Zen Buddhist who cannot travel to a Zen Center, or who otherwise wish personal contact with a Zen teacher. By this page, please feel free to ask any question, sit Zazen online with other members, arrange a Dokusan face-to-face meeting with a teacher by video link, join us for live Zazenkai and Sesshin broadcasts, and have access to dozens of talks and writings. We also have "Sit-a-Long" Zazen netcasts and this "Community Forum" for discussions of this and that.

    There is no being 'distant,' no 'near' or 'far,' and all are welcome...

    Treeleaf Sangha is a multicultural Zen Buddhist Community in which people of all socio-economic classes, nationalities, races, ages, creeds, genders, sexual orientation and identification, and physical abilities discover shared humanity by direct experience of one anothers' lives. We are open to all. We commit ourselves to cultivating a practice in diversity and multiculturalism by incorporating into our practice the dissolving of all barriers that perpetuate the suffering of separation, prejudice, and discrimination. We intend to expand and develop our awareness of the ways we are conditioned to separate ourselves by socioeconomic class, nationality, race, age, creed, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability and other forms of identity.
  • Recent Blog Posts

    Shokai

    61/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Sixty-first Gate
    The faculty of balance is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] the mind is pure..

    Balance :
    mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm...

    Shokai Yesterday 11:46 PM
    Shokai

    60/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Sixtieth Gate
    The faculty of mindfulness is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we thoroughly perform many kinds of work.

    Mindfulness :
    keeping aware; heedful: mindful...

    Shokai Yesterday 01:50 AM
    Shokai

    59/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Fifty-ninth Gate
    The faculty of effort is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we thoroughly attain many kinds of wisdom

    Effort :
    exertion of physical or mental power
    ...

    Shokai 02-18-2017 07:17 AM
    Shokai

    58/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Fifty-eighth Gate

    The faculty of belief is a gate of Dharma illumination; for [with it] we do not [blindly] follow the words of others.

    Belief :
    confidence in the truth or...

    Shokai 02-17-2017 12:23 AM
    Shokai

    57/108 Gates of Dharma Illumination

    The Fifty-seventh Gate

    The four bases of mystical power are a gate of Dharma illumintion; for [with them] the body-and-mind is light.

    The four bases of mystical power / acting at will :...

    Shokai 02-15-2017 03:32 AM
  • Recent Forum Posts

    Jundo

    Stories of Compassion and Kindness

    This is not about how great someone is, or for the deeddoer to pat themself on the back about how saintly they are, but just doing stuff we can all do

    Jundo Today, 04:02 AM Go to last post
    Jundo

    Zazen and earworms

    Zazen is not the presence of thinking. Zazen is not the absence of thinking. Zazen is to think not thinking. How do you think not-thinking? Non-thinking.

    Jundo Today, 03:54 AM Go to last post
    Shingen

    Random Photo Thread

    Ahhh Jizo. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    s@today

    Shingen Today, 03:41 AM Go to last post
    Sekishi

    Random Photo Thread



    Ojizo Bodhisattva with an offering of Birdseye Speedwell (little blue flower). I found the bloom on the ground, so it was not plucked early.

    Sekishi Today, 03:39 AM Go to last post
    Sekishi

    Stories of Compassion and Kindness

    Hi everyone,

    Just a little story for today about compost (not sure it qualifies as compassion or kindness, but it comes from a desire to

    Sekishi Today, 03:29 AM Go to last post