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    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
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  • Oct 4th/5th, 2013 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! - Marking Global Days of Service

    Todays Zazenkai marks the start of our GLOBAL DAYS of SERVICE period, October 5-19th!
    More information here:

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...ober-5-19-2013

    Readings for today's Dharma Talk are 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/ocdjlvCti0k

    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: Oct 4th/5th, 2013 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! - Marking Global Days of Service started by Jundo View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. Sekishi's Avatar
      Sekishi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
      Not too bad Eric, no more than a cough in the room disturbs. Don't worry about it so much, because we all sit with the sneezes and shuffles in the room as "just what is".

      In fact, the sometime "ping" reminds me of Thich Nhat Hanh's wonderful little Practice during his talks of ringing a little bell every few minutes just to remind folks to come back to the moment.

      Here is the podcast I mentioned after our Metta Chant on the father who forgave his daughter's killer. Very painful to hear at some points in the story ... (it starts from the 44:00 mark here) ...

      http://www.wnyc.org/radio/#/ondemand/317421

      Gassho, J
      Thank you Jundo. I like the thought of being Thay's bell instead of just a nuisance ("not two" I guess).

      I just finished that Radiolab this past week. A difficult and instructive episode.

      Deep gassho,
      Eric
    1. Myosha's Avatar
      Myosha -
      Thank you one and all.

      Forgiving him is forgiving you is forgiving me is forgiving.


      Gassho,
      Edward
    1. Taikyo's Avatar
      Taikyo -
      Thank you Jundo for zazenkai and for conducting to so smoothly despite your cold I hope it gets better soon ( if you had worn your speedos you would have ended up with pneumonia. Thanks also to Dosho & all for the great questions and great answers. Thanks to all who sat & will sit.


      Gassho


      David
    1. Kyonin's Avatar
      Kyonin -
      Thank you all who sat and will sit.

      Jundo, the talk was really meaningful. Thank you. Hope that cold goes away soon.

      I'll listen to the podcast tomorrow while taking a walk.

      Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

      Gassho,

      Kyonin
    1. Myozan Kodo's Avatar
      Myozan Kodo -
      Wonderful and inspiring.
      Thank you.
      Myozan
    1. Risho's Avatar
      Risho -
      Gassho,

      Risho
    1. Ed's Avatar
      Ed -
      Wisdom is empty without compassion.
      Great compassion begins at home with ourselves.
      Sitting wholeheartedly, not wasting too much time on the cushion, is self-compassion dana.
      Then we can be just there for others in compassionate presence, seeing things just as they are.
      In gratitude to all here for your practice.
    1. Heisoku's Avatar
      Heisoku -
      In a compassionate act to my flu-ridden self I retired to my bed after the inspiring talk on Dana and giving. Thank you Jundo and Gassho to all those sitting all or part of this zazenkai. Ugh!
    1. Clark's Avatar
      Clark -
      Danka All for that wonderful Zazenkai. Thank you Jundo, Dosho, all who sat and will sit. Thank you Jundo's cat, Shingen's dog, and my cat who also joined us.

    1. Jundo's Avatar
      Jundo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Heisoku View Post
      In a compassionate act to my flu-ridden self I retired to my bed after the inspiring talk on Dana and giving. Thank you Jundo and Gassho to all those sitting all or part of this zazenkai. Ugh!
      Be well, Heisoku.
    1. Shingen's Avatar
      Shingen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
      Danka All for that wonderful Zazenkai. Thank you Jundo, Dosho, all who sat and will sit. Thank you Jundo's cat, Shingen's dog, and my cat who also joined us.

      Thanks Clark ... Bodhi seems to be getting very smart and he is starting to time these Zazenkais ... knows when to get up for scratches.

      Gassho
      Shingen
    1. JeffreyB's Avatar
      JeffreyB -
      Thank you Jundo, That "pinko commie" comment made me laugh really hard!

      Gassho, Jeffrey
    1. Daitetsu's Avatar
      Daitetsu -
      What a great Oktoberfest-Zazenkai!
      This was not imperfectly perfect, but perfectly perfect up to and including the final "Auf Wiedersehen".
      Very good Dharma talk as always, truly inspiring!

      Thanks for your practice!

      Gassho,

      Timo
    1. Kokuu's Avatar
      Kokuu -
      Great talk, great questions, great sit!

      Thank you all.


      Gassho
      Andy
    1. Daijo's Avatar
      Daijo -
      I haven't been able to sit yet. Dads taxi service has been in full swing this weekend. I should be sitting tonight, though I may have to break it into two portions.
    1. Gi Shu-George's Avatar
      Gi Shu-George -
      Thank you Jundo, thank you all for this practice
      Gassho
      Gi Shu George.
    1. KellyRok's Avatar
      KellyRok -
      Hello all,

      A wonderful talk on dana! Jundo and Heisoku, I hope you are both feeling better. It was wonderful to sit with you all. Very nice job Dosho!

      Gassho,
      Kelly/Jinmei
    1. Shokai's Avatar
      Shokai -
      Thank you Jundo for your wonderful teaching; Dosho for the chanting, your practice is showing perfection; Shingen, Kyonin and Dosho for the great questions and all else who sat or will sit.
      gassho,
    1. Kaishin's Avatar
      Kaishin -
      Thank you, Jundo and all. I enjoyed the Q&A.
    1. Marcelo de Valnisio's Avatar
      Marcelo de Valnisio -
      Thank you for this!

      Gassho.