• December 15th, 2012 Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai

    Hello All,

    Please 'sit-a-long' with our weekly FRIDAY/SATURDAY 'LIVE FROM TREELEAF' 90 minute ZAZENKAI, netcast LIVE from 9am Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 7pm, Los Angeles 4pm (Friday night), London midnight and Paris 1am (early Saturday morning)

    ... and 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


    http://youtu.be/ONDtoYMy1Os

    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:

    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 FOUR VOWS & VERSE OF ATONEMENT


    As you can see, our Zazenkai consists of chanting the 'Heart Sutra' in English (the words are at the link below), some full floor prostrations in sets of three (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish), followed by our Dedication, Zazen twice for about 30 minutes each, with 10 minutes of Kinhin in between, and we end the sitting with 'The Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'.

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


    Chant Book (PDF)

    or

    Chant Book (SHORT VERSION HTML)

    So, please join us as soon as you can, and we will keep a Zafu open for you.

    Remember, when we drop all thought of 'here' 'there' 'now' 'then' ... we are sitting all together!


    Gassho, Jundo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: December 15th, 2012 Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai started by Jundo View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Koshin's Avatar
      Koshin -
      Will be there live. Thank you

      Gassho
    1. Dosho's Avatar
      Dosho -
      I'll be there.

      Gassho,
      Dosho
    1. Yugen's Avatar
      Yugen -
      I will be there as well.

      Deep bows
    1. Daizan's Avatar
      Daizan -
      Will be there/here.


      Gassho, kojip
    1. Myoku's Avatar
      Myoku -
      Hello everyone,
      if all goes well, I will sit on Google+ exactly 7 hours 30 minutes after the official sit and stream the original sit into the hangout from a second computer,so if you cant do it live and want to sit the recording with others (thats currently just me), please be there at 7:30 AM GMT.
      Gassho
      Myoku
    1. Shingen's Avatar
      Shingen -
      I will be there live as well.

      Gassho
      Michael
    1. Jundo's Avatar
      Jundo -
      Timo posted on another thread today ...


      Hi Jundo,

      Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
      Of course, I usually bow down to Buddha Statues endless times more than I burn them. However, sometimes it is fine to burn them, and one should never be attached. A Buddha Statue is also a piece of wood, nothing special. However, a Buddha Statue is also a reMINDer and symbol and embodiment of these Teachings. So, while not attached, I bow down and do embrace fully and honor the meaning in my heart. So it is with wearing Robes.
      I totally agree with you.
      Actually, it depends on how we approach it - a Buddha statue can be both something holy and something ordinary. The same holds true for my vacuum cleaner or any dust particle it removes.
      While these don't have a commonly accepted religious meaning I can give them the meaning when I approach them in a certain manner.

      It is like TNH's Gatha I use when I wash the dishes:
      Washing the dishes
      is like bathing a baby Buddha.
      The profane is the sacred.
      Everyday mind is Buddha's mind.

      Gassho,

      Timo
    1. Daitetsu's Avatar
      Daitetsu -
      When Jundo put up the vacuum cleaner - I heard myself saying "no way" and then I burst into a laughter.
      While I spontaneously bow to random things in my environment after sitting it was very unusual seeing Jundo doing it during Zazenkai.
      (I am glad he didn't burn the Buddha statue...)

      Thanks for putting this into practice, Jundo, and thanks to all who sat and will be sitting!

      Gassho,

      Timo
    1. Shingen's Avatar
      Shingen -
      Thank you Jundo, Gena, and all who sat ... Have a great weekend.

      Gassho
      Michael
    1. Dosho's Avatar
      Dosho -
      Thanks everyone...deep bows, especially to Gina. She's not really going anywhere, just moving from the big screen at the top to one of the little ones at the bottom.

      Gassho,
      Dosho
    1. Koshin's Avatar
      Koshin -
      So true Dosho.... Gina, have a safe trip to America

      Thank you all sitters

      This is a great practice..... enjoy your weekend

      Gassho
    1. Yugen's Avatar
      Yugen -
      Thank you all - have a great weekend - and thank you Gina - safe travels

      Gassho
      Yugen
    1. Myoku's Avatar
      Myoku -
      Thank you everyone sitting then, now and whenever,
      Gassho
      Myoku
    1. Daizan's Avatar
      Daizan -
      Quote Originally Posted by LimoLama View Post
      When Jundo put up the vacuum cleaner - I heard myself saying "no way" and then I burst into a laughter.
      While I spontaneously bow to random things in my environment after sitting it was very unusual seeing Jundo doing it during Zazenkai.
      (I am glad he didn't burn the Buddha statue...)

      Thanks for putting this into practice, Jundo, and thanks to all who sat and will be sitting!

      Gassho,

      Timo
      That Buddha sucks.... ar ar ar.. couldn't resist.



      Thank you and gassho. kojip
    1. Nenka's Avatar
      Nenka -
      So I'm guessing that vacuum cleaner doesn't have any . . . attachments.

      Anyway . . . best of luck to Gina!

      Gassho

      Jen

      P.S. The sound was really good this week.
    1. Shingen's Avatar
      Shingen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nenka View Post
      So I'm guessing that vacuum cleaner doesn't have any . . . attachments.

      Anyway . . . best of luck to Gina!

      Gassho

      Jen

      P.S. The sound was really good this week.
      Too funny ... No attachments .

      Gassho
      Michael
    1. Risho's Avatar
      Risho -
      lol

      Gassho,

      Risho
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