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Thread: October 6th, 2012- OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI!

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    October 6th, 2012- OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI!

    DUE TO SOUND and OTHER TECHNICAL 'NON-PROBLEMS', OUR CHANTING SERVICE IS AFTER FIRST ZAZEN SITTING TODAY.

    THE THEME OF TODAY'S ZAZENKAI TALK WILL BE BASED ON MASTER DOGEN'S SHOBOGENZO-SHOJI (LIFE-&-DEATH), TEXT BELOW IN THIS THREAD.

    Dear All,

    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))

    ... 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




    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!
    Last edited by Jundo; 10-06-2012 at 04:25 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    I'll be here.

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    Treeleaf Unsui/Engineer Kyonin's Avatar
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    I'll be there live

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    Count me in.

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    Another month already? Time REALLY does go swiftly by!
    As usual, will sit the recorded version.
    Happy live sitting everyone.
    Gassho
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    "Here the way unfolds."

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    I will be there live.

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    I'll try to join later live. I'm still at work at 5pm Friday.

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    THE THEME OF TODAY'S ZAZENKAI TALK WILL BE BASED ON MASTER DOGEN'S SHOBOGENZO-SHOJI (LIFE-&-DEATH).

    [Shobogenzo Ninety-two]
    Shōji
    Life and Death


    (Translation by Gudo Wafu Nishijima and Chodo Cross)

    Because in life and death there is buddha, there is no life and death.
    Again, we can say: Because in life and death there is no “buddha,” we are
    not deluded in life and death. [This] meaning was expressed by Masters Kassan and
    Jōzan.** [These] are the words of the two Zen masters; they are the words of
    people who had got the truth, and so they were decidedly not laid down in
    vain. A person who wishes to get free from life and death should just illuminate
    this truth. If a person looks for buddha outside of life and death, that
    is like pointing a cart north and making for [the south country of] Etsu, or
    like facing south and hoping to see the North Star. It is to be amassing more
    and more causes of life and death, and to have utterly lost the way of liberation.
    When we understand that only life and death itself is nirvana, there is
    nothing to hate as life and death and nothing to aspire to as nirvana. Then,
    for the first time, the means exist to get free from life and death. To understand
    that we move from birth to death is a mistake. Birth is a state at one
    moment; it already has a past and will have a future. For this reason, it is said
    in the Buddha-Dharma that appearance is just nonappearance. Extinction
    also is a state at one moment; it too has a past and a future. This is why it is
    said that disappearance is just non-disappearance. In the time called “life,”
    there is nothing besides life. In the time called “death,” there is nothing besides
    death. Thus, when life comes it is just life, and when death comes it is just
    death; do not say, confronting them, that you will serve [be a slave to] them, and do not
    wish for them.

    This life and death is just the sacred life of buddha. If we hate it
    and want to get rid of it, that is just wanting to lose the sacred life of buddha.
    If we stick in it, if we attach to life and death, this also is to lose the sacred
    life of buddha. We confine ourselves to the condition of buddha. When we
    are without dislike and without longing, then for the first time we enter the
    mind of buddha. But do not consider it with mind and do not say it with
    words! When we just let go of our own body and our own mind and throw
    them into the house of buddha, they are set into action from the side of
    buddha; then when we continue to obey this, without exerting any force and
    without expending any mind, we get free from life and death and become
    buddha. Who would wish to linger in mind?

    There is a very easy way to become buddha. Not committing wrongs;
    being without attachment to life and death; showing deep compassion for
    all living beings, venerating those above and pitying those below; being free
    of the mind that dislikes the ten thousand things and free of the mind that
    desires them; the mind being without thought and without grief: this is called
    buddha. Look for nothing else.


    Shōbōgenzō Shōji
    Year not recorded.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    I will have to sit later and in chunks. Celebrating the wife's birthday this weekend and will be out and about.

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    I have accidently locked myself out of hangout!
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    Will be sitting this tomorrow. Thank you all.

    Gassho,
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    Thank you.

    Gassho, kojip.
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    Thank you all for a marvelous Zazenkai! Thank you to all who practice.

    Deep bows,
    Yugen
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    Thanks everyone!

    Gassho,
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    With your help and guidance from Jundo & Taigu
    I am learning, but please take what I say with a
    grain of salt, especially in matters of the Dharma.

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    Thank you everyone, it was wonderful. Have a great weekend.

    Gassho
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    Got kicked twice and my webcam crashed, anyway, great Zazenkai

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    Thanks and bows to all. Sound did not come on for me after the first sit - was waiting for Dosho's bell! Since I sat right through half of the service, I went and did my own chanting, from the start!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nindo View Post
    Thanks and bows to all. Sound did not come on for me after the first sit - was waiting for Dosho's bell! Since I sat right through half of the service, I went and did my own chanting, from the start!
    Its all good Nindo, it was great to have you there.

    Gassho
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    Due to recent illness and now a flareup of back problem, will have to do this in pieces. Am with you and thank you.
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    Thank you to all who sat/will sit.

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    I agree with Michael. It was great to have you live!

    Gassho,

    Kyonin

    Quote Originally Posted by Nindo View Post
    Thanks and bows to all. Sound did not come on for me after the first sit - was waiting for Dosho's bell! Since I sat right through half of the service, I went and did my own chanting, from the start!
    Please remember I am only a priest in training. I could be wrong in everything I say. Slap me if needed.

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Mr. Spock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    Due to recent illness and now a flareup of back problem, will have to do this in pieces. Am with you and thank you.
    Rich, hope your condition improves. I had a flu recently and did my "sitting" lying down. Also resat a Zazenkai in pieces. It's interesting how different conditions present opportunities to experience our practice outside of routine or fixed positions and schedules. It's all practice. Be well, and thanks for being here and practicing with us. Your presence means a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyonin View Post
    I agree with Michael. It was great to have you live!

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Thanks guys
    Good to see you too.
    Will try to be there more often!

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    Sorry for the sound and technical "non-problems" today. I pushed the two buttons I am not supposed to push. Also, next time, I will remember to get close to the microphone for talks. AFTER 5 YEARS OF THESE ZAZENKAI, I THINK I AM FINALLY GETTING THE HANG OF IT!

    Gassho, Jundo
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    It's interesting to note the mind/body's reaction when the unexpected routine change. However sitting is sitting and it is always a pleasure to sit with you all, even recorded as I do. Gassho to such reminders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nindo View Post
    Thanks and bows to all. Sound did not come on for me after the first sit - was waiting for Dosho's bell! Since I sat right through half of the service, I went and did my own chanting, from the start!
    I noticed you still facing the wall well after we had moved on to other things.. and thought "Wow! Nindo is a real trooper!"

    Gassho.
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    Thanks everyone!

    _/\_

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    Gassho to all.
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    Thanks once again for this! Only just managed to get it in. Had a really busy weekend so sat this morning
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    Thank you all for this sitting.
    Gassho. George-Gishu

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    All the pieces came together nicely, thank you.
    _/_
    Rich
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    Thank you for this Zazenkai


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    Well, as usual I have had to break this into bite-sized segments. I've sat three out of four so far, listened to the talk (good talk btw ) so just one more zazen to go.


    Raf

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    Thank you everyone,
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    Sat last Thursday, thank you for your practice.

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