• 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. Shugen's Avatar
      Shugen -
      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. Ishin's Avatar
      Ishin -
      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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