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Thread: April 1st-2nd, 2016 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI for TREELEAF'S 10th ANNIVERSARY!

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    April 1st-2nd, 2016 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI for TREELEAF'S 10th ANNIVERSARY!


    TODAY'S SITTING MARKS OUR CELEBRATION OF TREELEAF'S 10th ANNIVERSARY!


    PLEASE PRINT OUT THE PORTION OF SHOBOGENZO-IKKA-NO-MYOJI (ONE BRIGHT PEARL) BY MASTER DOGEN, POSTED BELOW.

    reMINDer: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS has changed, please confirm current start times below!

    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)) ... and visible at the following link during those times ...

    ... to be visible on the below screen 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 IN JAPANESE / 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' in Japanese 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!


    Gassho, Jundo

    Last edited by Sekishi; 05-08-2016 at 05:05 PM. Reason: Added podcast link.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Shōbōgenzō Ikka-no-myōju by Master Dogen
    One Bright Pearl


    In [this] sahā world, in the great kingdom of Song [China, there lived] Great Master [Gensha]. One day [while still a young monk, a student of Master Seppo], in order to explore widely the surrounding districts, he leaves the mountain, carrying a [traveling] bag. But as he does so, he stubs his toe on a stone. Bleeding and in great pain, [Gensha] all at once seriously reflects as follows: “[They say] this body is not real existence. Where does the pain come from?” He thereupon returns to Seppō. Seppō asks him, “What is it, [tough guy]?” Gensha says, “In the end I just cannot be deceived by others.” Seppō, loving these words very much, says, “Is there anyone who does not have these words [inside them]? [But] is there anyone who can speak these words?” Seppō asks further, “Why do you not go exploring?” [Gensha] says, “Bodhidharma did not come to the Eastern Lands [of China]; the Second Patriarch did not go to the Western Heavens [of India].” Seppō praised this very much.

    ,,, After he had attained the truth at last, Gensha taught people with the words that the whole universe in ten directions is one bright pearl. One day a monk asks him, “I have heard the master’s words that the whole universe in ten directions is one bright pearl. How should the student understand [this]?” The master [Gensha] says, “The whole universe in ten directions is one bright pearl. What use is understanding?” On a later day the master asks the question back to the monk, “The whole universe in ten directions is one bright pearl. How do you understand [this]?” The monk says, “The whole universe in ten directions is one bright pearl. What use is understanding?” The master says, “I see that you are struggling to get inside a demon’s cave in a black mountain.”

    The present expression “the whole universe in ten directions is one bright pearl” originates with Gensha. The point is that the whole universe in ten directions is not vast and great, not meager and small, not square or round, not centered or straight, not in a state of vigorous activity, and not disclosed in perfect clarity. Because it is utterly beyond living-and-dying, going-and-coming, it is living-and-dying, going-and-coming. And because it is like this, the past has gone from this place, and the present comes from this place. When we are pursuing the ultimate, who can see it utterly as separate moments? And who can hold it up for examination as a state of total stillness?

    “The whole of the ten directions” describes the ceaseless [process] of pursuing things to make them into self, and of pursuing self to make it into something. … Because we pursue self to make it into something, the whole of the ten directions is in the ceaseless state ... it sometimes overflows beyond [our] regulating ability which is the pivot of the moment. [In speaking of ‘throughout all its ten directions’, [Gensha] was referring to our ceaselessly creating a ‘self ’ by chasing after things or creating ‘things’ through our pursuit of a self. … Because we create ‘things’ through the pursuit of a self, the universe is ever restless throughout all its ten directions, unceasing in its arising … its operation is beyond our intellect to control. ]

    [This ‘one pearl’ is still not its name, but it can be expressed so, and this has come to be regarded as its name. ]“The one pearl” goes directly through ten thousand years [and is beyond the measurement of years ]: the eternal past has not ended, but the eternal present has arrived. The body exists now, and the mind exists now. Even so, [the whole universe] is a bright pearl. It is not grass and trees there and here, it is not mountains and rivers at all points of the compass; it is a bright pearl ... a yard of the pearl is a yard of brightness.

    [This is why this Bright Pearl exists not only without a beginning but also without an end. It is ‘One Bright Pearl as the whole universe throughout all its ten directions’: It is not said to be two or three.] The whole body is one right Dharma-eye, the whole body is real substance ... the whole body is brightness, and the whole body is the whole body itself. When it is the whole body it is free of the hindrance of the whole body; it is perfect roundness, and roundly it rolls along. Just at the moment of the present ... in all cases, is one bright pearl throughout the whole universe in ten directions. … So even though it seems to be continually changing the outward appearance of its turning and not turning, it is just the bright pearl.

    [This is why, even though it seems that, on the surface, things are either fluctuating or still, everything is the Bright Pearl. To know that this is precisely how the jewel is, is what the Bright Pearl is. … Because this is the way things can be, even though you may be uncertain about whether or not something is the Bright Pearl, you should have no doubt about whether or not there is the jewel. Whether you actively pursue your doubts, cling to them, or let them go, they are simply momentary observations of little significance, fleeting images of small weight. … Its multifaceted, brilliantly hued sparkling is the merit of the universe throughout all its ten quarters; who can take this from you by force? ]

    Those who surmise that “I cannot be the bright pearl,” should not doubt that they are the pearl. Artificial states of surmising and doubting, attaching and rejecting, are just the small view. They are nothing more than trying to make [the bright pearl] match the narrow intellect. [Just turn your light around and return to that which shines within, for how much use is there in trying to understand this through the intellect? ]

    How could we not love the bright pearl? Its colors and light, as they are, are endless. Each color and every ray of light at each moment and in every situation is the virtue of the whole universe in ten directions …

    Even surmising and worry is not different from the bright pearl. No action nor any thought has ever been caused by anything other than the bright pearl. Therefore, forward steps and backward steps in a demon’s black-mountain cave are just the one bright pearl itself.




    Preached to the assembly in 1243
    Last edited by Jundo; 03-31-2016 at 03:56 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Wonderful, thank you Jundo ... I will be there live. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    s@today
    Last edited by Shingen; 03-31-2016 at 03:57 PM.
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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    Thank you, Jundo. I will be there two-way, or one-way if I can't do two-way for some reason.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    SatToday

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    Hi All,

    If anyone can come early to Zazenkai, there are three 15-minute slots (immediately before the Zazenkai) needing a sitter for the Zazen-a-thon!

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat today
    Last edited by Byokan; 03-31-2016 at 06:57 PM.

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    Hi Jundo!

    I will be there ready to party and with my mokugyo and bell ready

    Happy birthday Treeleaf!

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    #SatToday
    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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    Kudos to Jundo! Good on us!! Wohoo!
    I'll be traveling, so I'll have to sit this one recorded.
    Happy 10 and do it again!

    _/st\_ Shinzan

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    I will try to join towards the end.

    Gassho, Kyotai
    ST
    I am a student at Treeleaf. Please take what I say with a grain of salt. Gassho

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    I will be joining mid way through, one-way, and then sitting extra afterwards for my Zazenathon spot
    Gassho,
    Jakuden
    SatToday


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    serene
    ​field

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    Thank you very much.

    I will try to join you.

    Gassho,David

    Sattoday
    David Cravidão Lopes Pereira

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    Will sit live

    Gassho
    Daizan

    short sit this morning
    As a trainee I ask that all comments by me on matters of Dharma be taken with "a grain of salt".

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    Participating.


    Gassho
    Myosha sat today

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    Thank you Jundo and everyone!

    Gassho,
    Jakuden
    SatToday
    serene
    ​field

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    Thank you, Jundo and everyone. Happy Birthday Treeleaf!

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    SatToday

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    Thanks to all.


    Gassho
    Myosha sat today

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    Thank you Jundo, Kyonin, and everyone ... wonderful party! =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    s@today
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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    Thank you , Gassho, and happy birthday Treeleaf.
    Daizan
    Sat today
    As a trainee I ask that all comments by me on matters of Dharma be taken with "a grain of salt".

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    Thank you all.

    "Would you like tea cookies? We have tea cookies." Probably saved my spinning mind from melting.

    Anyone else had "Pirates Of Caribbean - The Curse Of The Black Pearl theme song" on their mind during zazen??

    Gassho, and thank you for the jam.
    Jika
    #jammedtoday
    治 Ji
    花 Ka

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    Sat live with you last night for part of the time not the full 4 hours. Yesterday was rough so it felt good to sit with the community rather than solo (although I know whenever I sit we all sit together )

    Gassho
    Warren
    Sat last night and again this morning

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    Sat for 30 minutes.

    Gassho, Kyotai
    ST
    I am a student at Treeleaf. Please take what I say with a grain of salt. Gassho

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    Thank you all who sat/will sit.

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    #SatToday
    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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    Thank you all, I was there for just a little bit---but always nice to join in.

    Gassho,
    Joyo
    sat today

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    Thank you dear Sangha Sat this while Zazen-a-thon-along-ing.

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byokan View Post
    Thank you dear Sangha Sat this while Zazen-a-thon-along-ing.

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat today
    Same here! Finished listening to Jundo's talk in between time slots and sat the rest the Zazenkai. Sitting together, timely, timed, and timeless, all at the same time

    Gassho,
    Jakuden
    SatToday
    serene
    ​field

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    Thank you everyone.
    Just finished sitting the last part along with a morning portion of zazenathon.
    Good week to all.

    Gassho
    Washin

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