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    Kyonin

    The Lineage: A Continuing History...

    The history of Zen Buddhism presents itself as a family saga. Each priest of the Sôtô school today belongs to an uninterrupted line which traces itself either to Gasan Jôseki Zenji (1276-1366) or to Meihô Sotetsu Zenji (1277-1350), two disciples of Keizan Zenji, all other Japanese lines having since become extinct. One is integrated into a lineage at the time of the ceremony of Transmission of the Dharma, by which the Master makes the Disciple his successor. Presented here is the chain of teachers that connects Eihei Dôgen Zenji to Gudo Nishijima Roshi, and in the 41st generation from Dogen, Jundo James Cohen of the Treeleaf Zendo. As well, its links are said to reach back in time through China and India, on to the historical Buddha, Śhākyamuni. The line is also closely associated, ever since the middle of the 15th century, with the temple Tôkei' in, located near to the Japanese town of Shizuoka. It is a long, yet continuing history. In an important sense, it is not to be limited to any place or nation, nor is it merely a timeline which flows from past to present: In Dogen’s teachings, past is present is future, while the future flows into the past as the past becomes the future. In this way, each teacher stands for all others, and all are with us now.

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    Kyonin 11-18-2014, 10:40 PM
    Kyonin

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  • 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. rculver's Avatar
      rculver -
      Gassho all.
    1. adrianbkelly's Avatar
      adrianbkelly -
      Thanks everyone!

      Congratulations William!!!!

      _/\_
      Ade
    1. Risho's Avatar
      Risho -
      Thank you Kyonin and everyone!

      Gina, Raf, I'm so sorry for your loss; much metta to you and all of us suffering.

      Gassho,

      Risho
    1. Clark's Avatar
      Clark -
      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
      I find this interaction inspiring.

      Gassho

      C
    1. Nenka's Avatar
      Nenka -
      Thanks for the sitting!

      Nice to see you again, Gina. I'm sorry for your loss.

      Gassho,

      Jen
    1. kidbuda's Avatar
      kidbuda -
      Thank you all! Gina, Raf sorry for your loss, tons of metta for you and your loved ones. It was great to see our guests practicing with us. Have a great week! Gassho
    1. Shokai's Avatar
      Shokai -
      Thank you Jundo and all who sat or will sit. Condolences to Gina and Rafael. Congratulations to Kyonin, good job of chanting

      gassho,
    1. Gi Shu-George's Avatar
      Gi Shu-George -
      Thank you Jundo, thank you all for this sitting
      Gassho
      Gi-shu George
    1. alan.r's Avatar
      alan.r -
      I forgot to post, but I sat this zazenkai with everyone on Tuesday. It was the first time I've sat a zazenkai in a while. It was great to do it and to see everyone. It was refreshing. I sort of wanted to hear what Jundo was saying to the new guy, just because those things for new folks are often the most helpful for us never-old-always-new-guys/gals too.

      Thanks everyone.

      Gassho
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    vanMeerdervoort

    No 'I' ... No 'Know'...

    That sure was a good read
    Happy morning to all whenever the first occasion arises!

    Gassho

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    Myosha

    Stop, look, go

    Hello,

    Thank you for the link.


    Gassho,
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    David W

    Stop, look, go

    Dear all,
    I came across this talk by Brother David Steindl-Rast
    today on TED talks. There is really nothing in it that is different to what Jundo

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    Shingen

    No 'I' ... No 'Know'...

    I agree ... a truly pure gift. Thank you Lisa for that wonderful expression. =)

    Gassho
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    #sattoday

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    raindrop

    No 'I' ... No 'Know'...

    No gift, you are too kind, Jundo. Just stuff I'm learning from everyone here.

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