November 11th recommended threads
I encourage looking at these threads, topics and posts today ...
Our Precept reflections for Jukai to turn ... PRECEPTS VII - To Refrain from Intoxication ...
Please sit with our November 8th-9th, 2013 Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai ...
A lovely thread on how to benefit from this Forum without getting lost ... Please help ...
Some talks and interviews with neurologist and stroke victim Jill Taylor, who seems to describe an experience that resonates of Shikantaza ... A Stroke of Insight ...
Our hearts and support go to the people of the Philippines today ...
And a re-MINDer that our 2-day Rohatsu Retreat netcast will happen December 7th & 8th (though recorded, so sitable any time). Details in the following days and weeks.
A RE-MINDER on SIMPLICITY:
In a Zen Monastery, SILENCE or A FEW WISE WORDS are cherished over MANY WORDS. Thus, I advise folks to restrain the need to speak unless the heart truly calls. If you find yourself posting many times each day, maybe consider what truly needs to be said ... and when it is best just to answer with silence and an inner Gassho.
SILENCE OR A FEW HESITANT WORDS OF FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT OFTEN SPEAK MOST PROFOUNDLY. Post when it is truly important to you and needs to be spoken from the warm heart.
(too much silence or shyness can also be excessive ... so take the Middle Way!)
Also, to those who may get lost among the many threads and conversations in our Forum, please think of a monastery made of wood or brick, with 100 monks holding 10,000 conversations in the hallways, kitchen, Abbot's rooms and library (I assume no chatting in the Zendo where people sit Zazen).
Would you need or want to hear or join in all or most conversations? Of course not! You would, at best, pick and choose the conversations relevant and helpful to you.
So here too in our Sangha, NO NEED TO READ EVERY CONVERSATION: Try to note the ones that seem helpful to your Practice or interests, leave the rest. The above threads are a few suggestions.