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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.

    References: For a history of the development of Zen in Japan, please refer to William Bodiford, Sôtô Zen in Medieval Japan... read more
    Kyonin 11-18-2014, 10:40 PM
    Kyonin

    INTRODUCING ‘BLUE MOUNTAIN WHITE CLOUDS HERMITAGE’

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    Kyonin 11-18-2014, 10:28 PM
  • SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Opening Our Treeleaf Global Service Days: January 11-25 2014



    We are pleased to commence our latest GLOBAL DAYS OF SERVICE initiative here at Treeleaf, January 11-25 2014. We will be asking each and all of our Treeleaf folks, in some way, to spend a day making their communities, the lives of others, this world a bit better. This is a chance to live the Virtues of Generosity and Giving, and our Bodhisattva Vows to Aid All Sentient Beings.

    Please look for additional information, and ideas for activities suitable for you, in the ENGAGED & CHARITABLE PROJECTS CENTER of our forum here.

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/forum...Global-Service

    Please join in and do your part.

    In fact, this is part of the "donation" we ask of you for participating in Treeleaf. Our Sangha is Freeing, but not Free ... and though we do not now ask for money for our activities here, we do ask EVERYONE to roll up their sleeves and do something to help those truly in need. Thus, I am going to ask every single person sitting in our Sangha, without exception, to join in this. This is not simply a matter of writing a check (though that is good too), but rather we will request "hands on" work of some kind taking a day or much of a day. Include the whole family, the kids, and make it a family event! No one type of activity will be required, although some activity is required of you, and there will be an activity suitable for each and all of you to choose, something for everyone despite busy schedules or physical limitations. There is always a way to help.

    Please see this thread by Yugen for further information on this current period ...

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...ary-11-25-2014

    And here is a bit more on this from me, a talk I gave before our first Global Days a couple of years ago ...



    Thank you for coming together on this Initiative to Serve!

    Gassho, Jundo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Opening Our Treeleaf Global Service Days: January 11-25 2014 started by Jundo View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Yugen's Avatar
      Yugen -
      Thank you Jundo!

      Deep bows
      Yugen
    1. Shingen's Avatar
      Shingen -
      Thank you for this Jundo.

      I had already commented with Yugen's post, but I will be over in Vancouver a week this Saturday seeing my granny and sharing the beautiful spirit on my little dog Bodhi with the other residence of the care facility. It is so heart warming to see the smiles Bodhi brings to their faces ... I see this as being a future Global Day of Service project. =)

      Gassho
      Shingen
    1. Dosho's Avatar
      Dosho -
      Thank you Jundo.

      Gassho,
      Dosho
    1. Myosha's Avatar
      Myosha -
      Hello,

      Organized collection, and donation, of warm clothing and usable items to Saint Vincent de Paul Society.


      Gassho,
      Myosha
    1. Risho's Avatar
      Risho -
      Excellent! My wife and I started volunteering at a farm which focuses on at risk children. (FYI -- not saying this in a braggart way of course )

      Gassho,

      Risho