• May 3rd/4th, 2013 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI!

    NOTE: Our Dharma Talk this time will dive into the opening passages of the Genjo Koan (text below in this thread) ...

    Please 'sit-a-long' with our MONTHLY 4-hour 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 midnight to 4am and Paris 1am to 5am (early Saturday morning)) ... and visible at the following link during those times ...

    ... 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/wH-05quaI9U

    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 (HEART SUTRA / 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!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: May 3rd/4th, 2013 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! started by Jundo View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. arnold's Avatar
      arnold -
      Yugen, the same thing happened to me, and then I had computer problems as well and didn't realize I was 1 hour and 15 minutes late by the time I joined. Of course I am not so visible as you are as you are serving as Doan but such things are human and no need for embarrassment. Thank you for your commitment.

      Gassho,
      Arnold
    1. xicaravazia's Avatar
      xicaravazia -
      Hi,

      I could not be online but it is very nice to know that it is possible to follow the Zazenkai recorded, I hope to do it tomorrow morning.

      Gassho,

      Mauricio
    1. Dosho's Avatar
      Dosho -
      Thanks everyone.

      Gassho,
      Dosho
    1. Kyonin's Avatar
      Kyonin -
      Thank you all who sat/will sit.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      Gassho,

      Kyonin
    1. Kyonin's Avatar
      Kyonin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Yugen View Post
      I apologize to all of you for missing the start of the Zazenkai. I am really embarrassed to miss my Doan commitment. I showed up an hour late, neglecting to note that the four hour Zazenkai starts an hour earlier. I'm really sorry - I failed to support you in your practice tonight. And being Doan is just plain fun - I enjoy it.

      I also apologize to you Jundo, I told you I'd be there.
      What are you talking about, brother? Your are always here!

      Gassho,

      Kyonin
    1. Juki's Avatar
      Juki -
      And thanks to Dosho for stepping in and reciting the Heart Sutra for us.

      Gassho,
      William
    1. Myozan Kodo's Avatar
      Myozan Kodo -
      Gassho all. Will be sitting tomorrow.
      Myozan
    1. Myoku's Avatar
      Myoku -
      Thank you Jundo, wonderful talk,
      thank you everyone, Gassho
      Myoku
    1. Genshin's Avatar
      Genshin -
      Thank you everyone that sat and will sit.
      Enjoyed listening to the talk and Q&A session.

      Gassho,
      Matt
    1. Kokuu's Avatar
      Kokuu -
      Beautiful! I had lot of pain sitting today but Jundo's words on the Genjokoan really helped with that (I love Genjokoan anyway). It felt like if I pushed the pain away I was pushing away Buddha so Buddha and I sat with the pain. Would it be too much to ask for a (short) talk every week, or maybe alternate weeks? Would be lovely to have one of the Genjokoan commentaries as the book club book too.

      Thank you for the recitations, Dosho, and for everyone for sitting.

      Gassho
      Andy
    1. Jundo's Avatar
      Jundo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Karasu View Post
      Would it be too much to ask for a (short) talk every week, or maybe alternate weeks?
      Oh, well, like people don't hear enough from me around here already!

      Well, I suppose we will have some more of the Genjo Koan next monthly Zazenkai, plus some talks by Taigu and me now and then on other subjects, as always.

      Here is Taigu's great series on the Genjo ... that should keep you busy!

      http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/forum...-Koan-by-Taigu

      Gassho, Jundo
    1. Heisoku's Avatar
      Heisoku -
      I did not complete this zazenkai but I thank you for the talk on Genjo Koan Jundo and gassho to every one sitting and Q&A-ing.
    1. Kaishin's Avatar
      Kaishin -
      Thank you
      Gassho, Kaishin
    1. Kokuu's Avatar
      Kokuu -
      Thank you for the Genjokoan links, Jundo.

      You are right, though, you give enough already without needing to do additional talks.


      Gassho
      Andy
    1. Myozan Kodo's Avatar
      Myozan Kodo -
      Thanks all. Q and A worked well, I thought.
      Gassho
      Myozan
    1. Matt's Avatar
      Matt -
      Sitting this right now. Gassho, Matt J
    1. Shokai's Avatar
      Shokai -
      Thank you all who sat and will sit. I truly enjoyed the talk and Q&A. I look forward to next months talk and explanation of the moon koan

      gassho, Shokai
    1. Marla567's Avatar
      Marla567 -
      Now I managed to sit the 4 hours, too.
      Thank you to all for sitting together, for the questions and to Jundo for the Dharma talk.

      Gassho,
      Shinka
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