• September 14-15th, 2013 Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - JUKAI COMMENCES

    TODAY'S JUKAI MARKS THE STARTLESS-START OF OUR SEWING AND PRECEPT REFLECTIONS FOR OUR JUKAI (UNDERTAKING THE PRECEPTS) IN JANUARY.

    I also would like to dedicate today's Zazenkai, and all our Jukai Preparations, to our members Gina and Rafael's dear mothers, who left this visible world this week, and to all our members who have suffered loss or illness recently.



    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 8pm, Los Angeles 5pm (Friday night), London 1am and Paris 2am (early Saturday morning)

    ... and to be visible at the following link during those times and sit-a-long-able any time thereafter ...

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


    http://youtu.be/LJOaKt1rKhc

    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: September 14-15th, 2013 Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - JUKAI COMMENCES started by Jundo View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. Daijo's Avatar
      Daijo -
      I had to adjust my schedule. Will sit late tonight.
    1. ochazuke's Avatar
      ochazuke -
      I'm here, a little late, but here.
      Gassho
      Andrew
    1. Clark's Avatar
      Clark -
      Congratulations William!

      I am joining you all in sit time... Now.. ?

      C
    1. Kaishin's Avatar
      Kaishin -
      Thank you, Jundo and all.

      Great job, Kyonin!
    1. Shingen's Avatar
      Shingen -
      Thank you Jundo and great job Kyonin! Much metta to you Gina, Raf, and your familes.

      Have a great weekend everyone.

      Gassho
      Shingen
    1. Heishu's Avatar
      Heishu -
      Managed to make it live on the feed. Thank you Jundo, Kyonin and all.
      Very nice Kyonin!

      Gassho,
      Heishu
    1. ochazuke's Avatar
      ochazuke -
      Thanks to everyone for the refreshing experience.
      I hope the best for all who are going through a tough time.

      Gassho
      Andrew
    1. Koshin's Avatar
      Koshin -
      Thank you all...metta..Gassho

      Sent from Tapatalk 2
    1. Clark's Avatar
      Clark -
      Thank you all for your practice. Thanks Jundo, and Kyonin. Metta to Rafael and Gina.

      C
    1. Jundo's Avatar
      Jundo -
      We had a fellow sitting today from an Islamic culture who was a bit concerned about how our Rituals fit into his religion, so during the Ceremony and such I was trying to explain things and make him comfortable. You may notice that I did not have the Buddha Statue in the Altar today. I told him it is just a reminder, wood, and that the empty space is fine (as in a Mosque). In fact, what he feels in his heart is most vital, and it was fine for him to Pray to Allah during our Chanting.

      Gassho, J
    1. Shingen's Avatar
      Shingen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
      We had a fellow sitting today from an Islamic culture who was a bit concerned about how our Rituals fit into his religion, so during the Ceremony and such I was trying to explain things and make him comfortable. You may notice that I did not have the Buddha Statue in the Altar today. I told him it is just a reminder, wood, and that the empty space is fine (as in a Mosque). In fact, what he feels in his heart is most vital, and it was fine for him to Pray to Allah during our Chanting.

      Gassho, J
      Very nice ... nice to see him there, even knowing he was feeling concerned.

      Gassho
      Shingen
    1. Taikyo's Avatar
      Taikyo -
      Thank you all to those who sat and will sit. And my congratulations William look forward to the lesson.
      Gassho
      David
    1. Genshin's Avatar
      Genshin -
      Thank you Jundo, Kyonin and all that sat and will sit. Metta to all that have lost someone close.

      Gassho
      Matt
    1. Kyonin's Avatar
      Kyonin -
      Thank you all for sitting.

      To all beginning Jukai studies, good luck!


      Gassho,

      Kyonin
    1. Kyonin's Avatar
      Kyonin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
      We had a fellow sitting today from an Islamic culture who was a bit concerned about how our Rituals fit into his religion, so during the Ceremony and such I was trying to explain things and make him comfortable. You may notice that I did not have the Buddha Statue in the Altar today. I told him it is just a reminder, wood, and that the empty space is fine (as in a Mosque). In fact, what he feels in his heart is most vital, and it was fine for him to Pray to Allah during our Chanting.

      Gassho, J
      Hope he liked to sit with us.

      There's a sit for everyone at the Treeleaf Zen Café

      Gassho,

      Kyonin
    1. Kyonin's Avatar
      Kyonin -
      Gina's nephew rocks!

      He was in gassho and dancing to the Heart Sutra!

      He put a huge smile on my face!

      Gina, please say hi to him

      Gassho,

      Kyonin
    1. Juki's Avatar
      Juki -
      Sat this very late last night/very early this morning. Thanks to all who sat and will sit. Gassho, William
    1. Shingen's Avatar
      Shingen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kyonin View Post
      Gina's nephew rocks!

      He was in gassho and dancing to the Heart Sutra!

      He put a huge smile on my face!

      Gina, please say hi to him

      Gassho,

      Kyonin
      Yes, he was sure sweet ...

      Gassho
      Shingen
    1. Myosha's Avatar
      Myosha -
    1. Daitetsu's Avatar
      Daitetsu -
      Great to sit with you, thanks for your practice!
      Well done, Kyonin, and congrats William!

      Gassho,

      Timo
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