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    September 16th-17th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai

    Hello All,

    Please 'sit-a-long' with our weekly FRIDAY/SATURDAY 'LIVE FROM TREELEAF' 90 minute ZAZENKAI, netcast from 10am Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 9pm, Los Angeles 6pm (Friday night), London 2am and Paris 3am (early Saturday morning)

    ... and to be visible on the following screen during those times and sit-a-long-able 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:

    00:00 – 00:15 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA in English) and Dedication
    00:15 – 00:45 ZAZEN
    00:45 – 00:55 KINHIN
    00:55 – 01:25 ZAZEN
    01:25 – 01:30 FOUR VOWS & VERSE OF ATONEMENT


    As you can see, our Zazenkai consists of chanting the 'Heart Sutra' in English (the words are at the link below), some full floor prostrations in sets of three (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish), followed by our Dedication, Zazen twice for about 30 minutes each, with 10 minutes of Kinhin in between, and we end the sitting with 'The Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'.

    Please download and print out the Chants we will recite at the following link (PDF):


    Chant Book (PDF)

    or

    Chant Book (SHORT VERSION HTML)

    So, please join us as soon as you can, and we will keep a Zafu open for you.

    Remember, when we drop all thought of 'here' 'there' 'now' 'then' ... we are sitting all together!


    Gassho, Jundo
    Last edited by Jundo; 09-16-2016 at 02:58 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you Jundo,

    I will be there live with instruments ready. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    s@today
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    I'll be here/ there.

    Gassho
    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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    traveling on hold for a couple of weeks, family gone, I think I can be wherever you all are (live if there is room), but then I think I am anyway.

    Gassho
    Doshin
    sattoday

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    Treeleaf Unsui / Engineer Sekishi's Avatar
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    I will be there if the Internet karmic conditions permit...

    Gassho,
    Sekishi

    #sattoday
    sekishi
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    As a novice priest-in-training, this is simply an expression of my opinion. Please take it with a grain of salt.

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    I'm going to the opera tonight, so I will sit with this zazenkai later over the weekend.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    SatToday

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    I'll be live one-way

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byokan View Post
    I'll be live one-way

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat today
    Me too!

    Gassho
    Jakuden
    SatToday
    serene
    ​field

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    Hello everyone,

    Here is the event link if needed: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts...hgw3ky6dfwuqme

    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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    Participating "one-way".


    Gassho
    Myosha
    sat today

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    Gassho and thank you.

    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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    Haha so cute! Thanks everyone and have a great weekend.

    Gassho,
    Jakuden
    SatToday
    serene
    ​field

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    Thank you

    Gassho
    Doshin
    sattoday

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    Thank you Jundo, Joyo, and everyone ... what an amazing experience. Even though there is space and time, no borders, no boundaries, no here or there, it is wonderful to come together in person ... to sit and practice. I am very grateful for you all. =)

    The short story of it all is ... Joyo and my daughter live in the same small town, so I decided to come and pay them both a visit for my vacation. I will write more on it later, but that is the short version for now.

    Have a great night everyone.

    Gassho
    Shingen
    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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    Good to see you, friends!

    Thank you for the talk Jundo, I really needed to hear that.

    May you have a nice day.

    Gassho

    #SatToday.
    _/|\_

    Kyōsei

    強 Kyō
    声 Sei

    Namu kie Butsu, Namu kie Ho, Namu kie So.

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    Treeleaf Unsui / Engineer Sekishi's Avatar
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    Thank you all. Lovely to sit with you!

    Did anyone else hear a little, "We will, we will, Zazen!" at the end?

    Gassho,
    Sekishi
    sekishi
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    As a novice priest-in-training, this is simply an expression of my opinion. Please take it with a grain of salt.

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    Oh lovely, thank you dear Sangha!

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onkai View Post
    I'm going to the opera tonight, so I will sit with this zazenkai later over the weekend.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    SatToday
    I hope the opera was Luscious.

    While googling "Buddha Opera" I came across this ...

    Perhaps there is hope for the youth of this world yet.



    Not Bye Bye Birdie, just Bye Bye Buddha (check out the ending song from 10:00)

    Gassho, J

    SatToday
    Last edited by Jundo; 09-17-2016 at 03:13 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you Jundo, Shingen, and everyone. It was so nice to sit with you all, and with Shingen in real life. =)

    Gassho,
    Joyo
    sat today

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    Thank you for this. I will watch this weekend. I'm going to arrange my work schedule so I can join the Zazenkai in the future.

    Gassho,

    Anneliese
    Sat Today

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    Hello everyone
    I Just Sat in my daily Zazen with all of You and the zazenkai recording.
    Not bad or good Zazen like Jundo said.
    I wish all of You a very good weekend.
    Gassho, David
    Sattoday

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    Thank you all who sat and will sit.

    Jundo, the Rock Opera is so bad that's it's good. And songs are catchy.

    Bye bye Buddha!

    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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    Thanks to all for sitting with me.

    Gassho,
    Jimmy
    SatToday

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    Thank you everyone.

    Gassho
    Washin
    just sat

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    Sat with the recorded zazenkai this morning.
    What a wonderful community and thank you Jundo for making all of this possible.
    I am looking forward to sitting in live one day.

    Gassho
    Mike
    Sat2day

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    Thank you all.

    Gassho
    Jika
    #one-two-one-two-three
    治 Ji
    花 Ka

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    While googling "Buddha Opera" I came across this ...

    Perhaps there is hope for the youth of this world yet.
    I like that the Bodhi tree had a speaking / singing part.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi



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    石志

    As a novice priest-in-training, this is simply an expression of my opinion. Please take it with a grain of salt.

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    Thank you all. It is so good that there are no scheduling conflicts here. I enjoyed the opera, and I just did the zazenkai. Jundo, that video you posted was funny. Like Kyonin said, it was so bad that it was good. The zazenkai talk was just what I needed. I'd caught myself with my eyes closing in the previous sitting period. Awareness of "the eye that never sleeps" helps. Have a great weekend, everyone.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    SatToday

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    Sat with you all via the recording. Lots of rhythm at the end! Love it!

    Gassho,
    Entai

    SatToday

    泰 Entai (Bill)
    "trying to shovel smoke with a pitchfork in the wind "- John Lennon

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    Thank you all.

    Gassho,
    Kotei just sat with this.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

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    What a great way to end zazenkai! I vote your daughter reads the heart sutra next week. Embrace the chaos as I used to say when my kids were that age.
    Thanks to all and wishing you all well.

    Martyn


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    I sat with the recording this morning, and I very much enjoyed this week's version of the Four Vows.

    Thank you to all.

    Gassho,
    - Deirdre
    sat2day

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    Sat with the recording just now.

    Thanks for the talk Jundo, thanks to everyone!

    Gassho
    Tim
    SatToday

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    Sat zazenkai today.
    May we all be at peace embracing all conditions of life.
    Gassho
    K2
    #SatToday

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    Sat the recorded version. Thank you, all, and enjoy the cheese, Jundo!

    -satToday
    Thanks,
    Kaishin (Open Heart aka Matt)
    Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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    Thank you all who sat or will sit; loved the drumming, thanks Sa-chan

    gassho

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    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    Remember; sages love mountains and mountains love sages.

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    This reminds me of Brad Warner discussing in "Don't Be a Jerk" how Dogen says something about the Milky Way ripening into cheese
    Gassho
    Jakuden
    SatToday


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    Sitting this now.
    Gassho
    Matt

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    Thank you all.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    #sattoday
    ------------------------------------
    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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    I think I've figured out how to sit with you as a group and have sent a request via google plus. I hope sit with you this weekend.

    _/|\_

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbie View Post
    I think I've figured out how to sit with you as a group and have sent a request via google plus. I hope sit with you this weekend.

    _/|\_
    I approved you Hobbie.

    We are going to have to make some better system of getting folks approved, as I see many folks waiting.

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank. You. I may have a few more people in my area joining. I will help to explain to them how to do this and share what I've learned. I know how to do the heart and kesa sutra by heart, but will need a cheat sheet for the others during chants, is this okay to hold during chants?


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    Hi Hobbie,

    Yes, we generally hold the Sutra pages respectfully this way ...



    ... fingers closed on the outside, like a Boyscout salute ...



    ... switching to Gassho when we Gassho, holding the Chant Book between thumbs (like this, but we tend to hold the hands up higher, at face level) ...



    And in case anyone is wondering, a film of basic Zendo procedures such as this will be added to our Beginners Series of videos.

    Gassho, J

    SatToday
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    I'll need to change my kinhin hand mudra, as well, but it looks similar to the way Brad Warner does it.

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    Hi Hobbie,

    We generally make Shashu for Kinhin and walking through the Zendo this way, with the right hand, thumb tucked in ...



    ... held heart level, elbows out ... but relaxed, not too tight and rigid ...



    That is the standard Soto Way, but some groups related to Kodo Sawaki Roshi also turn the hands sideways ...



    My Teacher, Nishijima Roshi, held the hands the standard Soto way, as you can see at about 6:20 mark here ...



    Which way does Brad do?

    Gassho, Jundo
    Last edited by Jundo; 09-21-2016 at 04:56 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Brad holds it vertical like you do in the YouTube videos. The Deshimaru lineage holds it like Kodo Sawaki Rossi.

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    Woke up very early this morning and sat with the recording : a great way to start the day
    Gassho,
    Marina
    Sat Today
    柔 Jyū flexible
    活 Katsu energetic

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    I tried to join the sit live, but did not have hangouts. So I will sit with the recording. _/|\_

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbie View Post
    I tried to join the sit live, but did not have hangouts. So I will sit with the recording. _/|\_
    Hi Hobbie,

    The sitting has not happened yet for this week (Sept. 23rd), it begins about 3 hours from now. You should have received an email invitation, and will likely receive another just around the start time. Please check.

    Please 'sit-a-long' with our weekly FRIDAY/SATURDAY 'LIVE FROM TREELEAF' 90 minute ZAZENKAI, netcast from 10am Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 9pm, Los Angeles 6pm (Friday night), London 2am and Paris 3am (early Saturday morning)
    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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