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    Treeleaf Unsui/Engineer Kyonin's Avatar
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    My public sitting on December 2012

    Hi everyone!

    This past December I was invited to hold a public sitting at a meditation and yoga place in Mexico City. The session was oriented to introduce people to meditation practice and to help people in danger of falling into depression or drugs.

    I was invited by a Dharma Punx group who follows Noah Levine's teachings.

    It was two days for separate groups. We planned the sessions to have a small introduction talk, 10 minutes zazen, two 20/30 minutes talks (one by me and one by my friend) and 20 minutes zazen.

    The place was very small, so it was a very nice and intimate experience.

    Since the zazen sessions were intended for beginners, I had to guide the group a little into following the breath and to let thoughts flow.

    My talk was about practicing generosity and how that helps to combat depression and sadness. Nothing too complex, I think. My plan was to talk for only 20 or 30 minutes so people wouldn't get bored, but it took a little more than an hour because people participated a lot!

    It was a very good experience and I made a lot of new friends.

    Here are some photos of day 2:


    The Buddha and the bell.


    Ugly Kyonin talking.


    Juan Carlos, little Ian and Shupet, the dog! By the way, Juan Carlos was a member for a few days here at Treeleaf, but never came back. His user name was KidBuda.


    Some of the attendants.

    At the end, I think people had a good time and my friends liked what I did. They are already planning a new event soon. I'll let you know.

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
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    That's awesome Kyonin...thanks for sharing this! It warms my heart.

    Gassho,
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    This is truly wonderful Kyonin! You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing this.

    Gassho,
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    Wonderful.......!!! Ditto what Jinmei said! Gassho
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    Gassho Kyonin,
    great work,
    Myoku

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    Heyho,

    what a collection of great photographs! That dog definitely does have Buddha nature.

    Thank you for your work!


    All the best and gassho,

    Hans Chudo Mongen
    Chudo Mongen, Ordained Novice Priest-in-Training

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    This is great Kyonin! Thank you so much for your inspiring work!

    Gassho
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    That's great Kyonin!
    As a priest in training, please take everything I say with a pinch of salt

    Meido Shugen
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    Beautiful!
    Great work sir

    countless deep bows!

    Shohei

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    Thank you for allowing us to experience this with you.

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    Wonderful Kyōnin ... Thank you for your practice.

    Gassho
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    Fantastic Kyonin - very inspiring.

    Love the dog

    Gassho

    Willow

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    Muy Bien, Kyonin!
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Gassho

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    Thats fantastic Kyonin! Do you have a transcript of your talk? I would love to read it.
    Gassho, Shawn Jakudo Hinton
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    Beautiful.

    Gassho, kojip
    大山

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    Deep bows brother.

    Gassho

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    That's pretty sweet man!

    Gassho,

    Risho

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    Looks like fun-non-fun! Good job and gassho.
    迎 Geika

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    Great work Kyonin! Very inspirational.

    Deep-gassho.
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    Hi.

    Nicely done my friend.

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    Hi Kyonin,

    This is very inspiring and impressive - both thumbs up!
    When you look at the attendants you can see they had fun.

    Gassho,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Hinton View Post
    Thats fantastic Kyonin! Do you have a transcript of your talk? I would love to read it.
    Hi Shawn,

    No, I don't have a transcript. All I did was a bullet list of the things I'd say and elaborated from there. I think there will be a video up soon. If that's so, I'll work some English subtitles so I can post it here.

    I'll let you know.

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimoLama View Post
    This is very inspiring and impressive - both thumbs up!
    When you look at the attendants you can see they had fun.
    Well yes, I tried to make it as fun as I could... plus I'm a natural clown when I have an audience

    Some of the attendants are people suffering from severe depression, so I thought some laughs would work for them.

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
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    Thank you all for your kind words

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    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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    Wonderful Kyonin! I watched a movie about Noah Levine a number of weeks ago...I believe it was one sponsored by Tricycle Magazine.

    Gassho
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    BrianW / Jisen

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    Good work. Good luck with your practice!
    Gassho.
    "Know that the practice of zazen is the complete path of buddha-dharma and nothing can be compared to it....it is not the practice of one or two buddhas but all the buddha ancestors practice this way."
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    You are a star. Maybe one day I ll pop in to sit and learn from you.

    Take care


    Gassho


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    Quote Originally Posted by Taigu View Post
    You are a star. Maybe one day I ll pop in to sit and learn from you.

    Take care


    Gassho


    Taigu
    I do every day!

    I would love to see more folks with some sitting experience to organize some informal sitting groups in their local communities.

    Gassho, J
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    Kyonin, you are an inspiration! Earlier this week I was talking with a friend about starting a meditation group, even if it begins with just the two of us. Now I have more motivation....
    Gassho,

    Daisho


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    Awesome work Kyonin! The Dharma Punx seem like a great group. I often listen to Noah's talks from his podcast "Against the Stream"

    I remember Kidbuda! Tell him I said "Hi" and that there is always an open zafu for him here!

    Gassho,
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    Magnific Kyonin, I would like to be able to plan, manage, and guide people like you did

    My respects

    Gassho

    Yang Hsin

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    I'm touched by their smiles

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    I would love to see more folks with some sitting experience to organize some informal sitting groups in their local communities.

    Gassho, J
    I never really thought of doing this, but an opportunity presented itself the other day. I teach at a university and another faculty has done some meditation/mindfulness exercises with her art classes. This semester we are working together for some students doing a service learning project. She mentioned that it would be nice to work in some the the exercises she has done with her other students and I mentioned zazen might be an activity I could discuss a bit and give students some exposure.

    Glad I read this tread. Other than my immediate family, I typically don't think of sharing....other than telling people about Treeleaf and telling them to watch the videos.

    Gassho,
    BrianW/Jisen

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    Great work Kyonin! Perhaps one day I will have enough frequent flyer miles to attend
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    I do every day!

    I would love to see more folks with some sitting experience to organize some informal sitting groups in their local communities.

    Gassho, J
    I am starting an informal sitting group in my hometown later this month - it is a very small group. Where I would like to see this migrate eventually is into the local Hunger Prevention Program where I volunteer. I'd love to see a sitting group open to members of the community who come in to avail themselves of the center's services. In good time....

    Deep bows
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    Jisen, I say go for it. There's a great meditation guide on here that you can doctor up for your groups needs. If you can't find it, PM me and I will email it to you.

    Great news Yugen! That's a great place for it. I've been interested in starting a second group that is more 'public', perhaps I will look at similar venues.

    Gassho!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yugen View Post
    I am starting an informal sitting group in my hometown later this month - it is a very small group. Where I would like to see this migrate eventually is into the local Hunger Prevention Program where I volunteer. I'd love to see a sitting group open to members of the community who come in to avail themselves of the center's services. In good time....

    Deep bows
    Yugen
    Love it Yugen! I too have been talking with a friend of mine who sits (20yrs rinzai) and she is interested in having a open sit for anyone to join in. Best of luck.

    Gassho
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