Taigu and I prefer to keep most discussion and teaching out and open though this Forum, where many members of the Sangha can support each other, offer advice and share together. We tend to emphasize private meetings for personal and sensitive matters, or just as a way to get to know and 'touch base' with everyone here from time to time. Especially during our Ango, many folks would like to meet and chat every so often.
For that reason, Taigu and I would like to announce our most available "office hours". Because we are both in Japan, we will quote Japan time, and ask you to translate that to your own time zone and schedule. Other times may be available, but limited. Taigu apologizes that his hours cannot be more, but he is truly the "man working two --- maybe three --- jobs" in addition to his role here.
PLEASE EMAIL JUNDO OR TAIGU A FEW DAYS IN ADVANCE (UNLESS URGENT, OF COURSE) TO SET A TIME. We prefer to videochat via Skype (Skype.com ... free, easy to install and use), so a camera is best.
TAIGU EMAIL: http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/priva...=newpm&u=12185
HOURS: Limited to Mondays, between 10am and 3pm, JAPAN TIME (except when he has sitting group)
JUNDO EMAIL: jundotreeleaf[a]gmail.com
SKYPE NAME: KEIZANDOGEN
HOURS: Most weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 10AM (for a couple of hours) and from 10pm (for a couple of hours)
CURRENT TIME IN JAPAN (Do the math! 8) ):
Also, please be aware that most such meetings (sometimes called "Dokusan" in Soto Zen or "Sanzen" in Rinzai Zen) are typically very friendly and informal in Soto practice, especially in the west and outside a monastery. Few mysterious "Koan-ish" interchanges and formalities (as in the pictures) ...
... and more a simple relaxed chat on "how are you?" and "how's your practice going?"