A short welcome and getting everything going
Introduction of new people
If there is a new person to the Treeleaf Tea Party, he/she gets to introduce themself, as well as get an introduction to everybody else that is present.
As this is a tea party, there's a short meal chant
This food comes from the efforts
of all sentient beings past and present,
and is medicine for nourishment of our Practice.
We offer this meal of many virtues and tastes
to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha,
and to all life in every realm of existence.
May all sentient beings in the universe
be sufficiently nourished.
Robe Verse (Takkesage)
To be chanted by those placing on a Rakusu
Remove from case and place garment folded on top of head, then Gassho and chant 3X before wearing.
Robe of liberation boundless
Field beyond both form and formless
Wearing the Tathagatha's teachings
Vowing to save all sentient beings
A short sitting of zazen
Each person gets to talk about their practice, and issues they want to take up regarding practice
Each person gets to talk about their current participation in the Ango period and any practice partner exercises.
Each person gets to talk about any things they want to take up.