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    To A Small Teacher ... Master Tin Tin, Now Passed

    Our little cat, Tinky, ran out of the house last night, was hit by are car sometime during the night, and passed from this visible world. He truly was a Sentient Being, a loving member of our family these past 5 years or so. Our hearts are broken today. Many of you have sat with him as he ran in and our of our Zazenkais, no sense of protocol!

    I would like to dedicate what we do here this week to this gentle Sentient Being. The little guy was always Teaching wordlessly.

    They are just little animals, but we do come to love them so.



    Gassho, J
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    I hope the kids are handling it ok.

    Much metta to all of you in Tsukuba.

    Gassho,
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    Metta to you and your family. Cats truly are the best teachers sometimes.

    Gassho,
    Jeff
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    Much metta to you and your family. Always sad to lose a loved one.

    Deep bows,
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    Oh no, that's sad news.

    Of course I will remember Tinky from all those Zazenkais showing up, sometimes doing funny things.
    I will dedicate my practice this week to him and all our little loyal friends who can teach us so much when we are just willing to look.
    Much metta to all of you!

    Gassho,

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    Sorry to hear about Tin Tin

    Gassho

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    I am very sorry to hear that. I'll hold you and your family in my thoughts. Pets truly are part of the family.

    Sad Bows,




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    I am very sorry Jundo. What a terrible loss.

    Gassho, Jishin
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    Deep bows to Master Tin Tin and for his presence in your lives. I'm so sorry -

    Zazenkai will never be the same without him!

    Deep bows
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    Deep bows and much Metta to you and your family.

    Gassho
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    Much metta to you and your family Jundo ... will dedicate this week to Master Tin Tin and his beautiful heart.

    Deep bows,
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    Sorry to hear this Jundo. Much metta to you and your family.

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    Rough days when pets go. I'm sorry, Jundo. He looked like a sweet kitty.
    迎 Geika

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    Metta to you and yours.

    Gassho,

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    Hello Jundo,

    gee....

    what else to say other than to cherish and truly be present during all those moments we have with sentient beings, because we never know how many days we or they have got in this world.


    Gassho,

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    Hi.

    We are here, take care of you.

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    Jundo and family,
    I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you, and with everyone everywhere that has lost a cherished non-human friend at this time.
    Gassho
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    So sorry, Jundo. Those little furry buddhas sure find a place in our hearts.

    Gassho
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    So sorry for the loss of Tinky - heartbreaking to lose a special, little friend and teacher.

    Metta to you and your family.

    Gassho

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    Jundo and family - I am Very sorry, I have experienced this heart ache many times and not once has it been any easier.
    I found comfort in the fact that I was able to have some time with them and to experience share in the love (furry or non- furry friends alike).

    Keeping you and your family in my best thoughts today.


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    Jundo;

    If there was something I could do for you and your family to ease the pain of losing Tinky I certainly would do it. Your video reminds me of how Billie used to sit with me. Take care and cherish all the memories. and please know that you all are in my thoughts today.

    gassho, Shokai
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    Much metta to you and your family. I will certainly miss the occasional meowing during Zazenkai. My three cats are great teachers and great friends, and I know you must be hurting now at this loss.

    Gassho,
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    Hi Jundo, so sorry to hear about Tinky. So close to home! Our Cuquis was hit Christmas eve. Hard not to have anger towards the person who hit her. Finally settling down to just being happy for the time we had with her. Take care

    Jim

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    Oh dear that's bad news Jundo. Much metta to your and your family. I shall sit for you all tonight.

    Gassho,

    Simon

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    Jundo, warm hugs to your family. My little cat sits zazen in my lap every morning. I often wonder about her awareness of life flowing thru effortlessly. We meet teachers everywhere, ne? Little lotus hearts they are. With my sympathies.
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    Metta to all.


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    I'm very sorry to hear this Jundo. Please know I will be sitting for Master Tin-Tin, your family and all animals and humans who's lives have intersected but are no more.

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    I am sorry to know about this. Master Tin Tin will be missed.

    Hope the kids are taking it okay.

    Much metta to all kitties and kitty owners.

    Gassho,

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    Sorry about tin tin.

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    Awww. He seemed like such a good kitty. :c Metta to you and especially your children who, I expect, are taking it quite hard. And of course to all those that have lost someone dear to them.

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    Oh, this is very sad ...

    Gassho,
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    Awww, that really sucks.. Pets add so much life to a home. Metta to you and your family.

    Gassho,

    Risho

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    Oh dear, so very sorry to hear this news. You are all in my Metta this evening.

    Gassho,
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    Sorry to hear this, I wish you and your family the best in dealing with the loss of your dear cat Tinky. Much Metta to each of you.



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    Sorry to hear that, I don t have cats but when I was mith my ex I learnt to love them and know their presence may be so much than words.
    The next zazen will be for the cat and Jundo and his family.

    Gassho

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    There is no such thing as "just a little animal". One of the famous philosophers said "But first of all, be a good animal."

    I hold you and your family in my heart tonight.

    Gassho,

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    Great compassion for your family Jundo. The death of a master, even animal, is always a great loss.

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    Oh no... I will dedicate my metta chant to master tin tin
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    Goodbye Master Tin Tin
    Peace to you and your loving family.
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    I remember him well and hope for quick healing for your family.

    Much metta,

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    I'm so sorry to hear this.

    I used to love when he'd come into the zendo and roll around trying to get attention.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2638055...n/photostream/

    Gassho

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    That's a great picture Jen; thanks for sharing!

    I lost my own beloved orange tabby this year very suddenly (we think his heart just gave out) so this has brought back memories, most of them very good ones.

    Deep bows.

    Gassho,
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    Really good picture, Jen. Cat zazen, I think. A difficult technique.

    I hope another Tinky scurries into your family's life when the time is right.

    gassho
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    Yesterday I remembered a good story about Zen teacher Seung Sahn who was asked by a child about death.
    Thought I'd post it here, as it is about a cat as well...
    Hope that's OK, Jundo?

    ------------
    One evening, Katz, a black cat with a white-tipped tail who
    lived at the Cambridge Zen Center, died after a long illness.
    The seven-year-old daughter of one of Seung Sahn Soen-sa's
    students was troubled by the death. After the burial and
    chanting to Amita Buddha, she went to Soen-sa for an inter-
    view.
    Soen-sa said, "Do you have any questions?"
    Gita said, "Yes. What happened to Katzie? Where did he
    go?"
    Soen-sa said, "Where do you come from?"
    "From my mother's belly."
    "Where does your mother come from?"
    Gita was silent.
    Soen-sa said, "Everything in the world comes from the
    same one thing. It is like in a cookie factory. Many different
    kinds of cookies are made-lions, tigers, elephants, houses,
    people. They all have different shapes and different names,
    but they are all made from the same dough and they all taste
    the same. So all the different things that you see-a cat, a
    person, a tree, the sun, this floor-all these things are really
    the same."
    "What are they?"
    "People give them many different names. But in them-
    selves, they have no names. When you are thinking, all
    things have different names and different shapes. But when
    you are not thinking, all things are the same. There are no
    words for them. People make the words. A cat doesn't say,
    I am a cat.' People say, This is a cat.' The sun doesn't say,
    'My name is sun.' People say, 'This is the sun.' So when
    someone asks you, 'What is this?', how should you answer?"
    "I shouldn't use words."
    Soen-sa said, "Very good! You shouldn't use words. So
    someone asks you, 'What is Buddha?', what would be a
    good answer?"
    Gita was silent.
    Soen-sa said, "Now you ask me."
    "What is Buddha?"
    Soen-sa hit the floor.
    Gita laughed.
    Soen-sa said, "Now I ask you: What is Buddha?"
    Gita hit the floor.
    "What is God?"
    Gita hit the floor.
    "What is your mother?"
    Gita hit the floor.
    "What are you?"
    Gita hit the floor.
    "Very good! This is what all things in the world are made of.
    You and Buddha and God and your mother and the whole
    world are the same."
    Gita smiled.
    Soen-sa said, "Do you have any more questions?"
    "You still haven't told me where Katz went."
    Soen-sa leaned over, looked into her eyes, and said, "You
    already understand."
    Gita said, "Oh!" and hit the floor very hard. Then she
    laughed.
    Soen-sa said, "Very very good! That is how you should
    answer any question. That is the truth."
    Gita bowed and left. As she was opening the door, she
    turned to Soen-sa and said, "But I'm not going to answer that
    way when I'm in school. I'm going to give regular answers!"
    Soen-sa laughed.

    ------------

    Gassho,

    Daitetsu
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    Oh Jundo,
    my thoughts are with you and your family.
    A loss of life, animal or human is always trying on the mind.
    It is not very Buddhist of me, but my heart aches for your family's loss.
    I hope your little ones are finding strength at this time.
    If not, a good hug helps.
    Sending peaceful energy your way.
    Much Metta Jundo,

    Deepest bows
    Chelsea

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucardieC View Post
    It is not very Buddhist of me, but my heart aches for your family's loss.
    Why is that "not Buddhist"? My heart aches too!

    It is just that, as our hearts are broken, we simultaneously know a Heart which Cannot Be Broken (the "Heart Sutra" Heart )

    Broken hearted and Unbreakable AT ONCE!

    And Timo, thank you for the nice story. I tell my kids that Tinky went back to the same place we are before we were born, and that place is actually all around us now but cannot be seen so easily. So, Tinky is here now but cannot be seen like we saw him before. We have to see him with the heart, not just with the eyes.

    Anyway, that was the best I could come up with to help a 3 and 10 year old understand. Don't know if my kids ... or little "Gita" in your story ... really understand what the heck we are saying (or if I understand! ), but my kids seem to be okay.

    Gassho, J
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    Hi Jundo,

    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    I tell my kids that Tinky went back to the same place we are before we were born, and that place is actually all around us now but cannot be seen so easily. So, Tinky is here now but cannot be seen like we saw him before. We have to see him with the heart, not just with the eyes.
    Anyway, that was the best I could come up with to help a 3 and 10 year old understand.
    I think that's a pretty neat explanation. I have the feeling that children can understand that better than we might think of them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Don't know if my kids ... or little "Gita" in your story ... really understand what the heck we are saying (or if I understand! ), but my kids seem to be okay.
    Such things are already hard for us adults, good to hear they are fine!

    Gassho,

    Daitetsu
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