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    NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Hi all,

    I want everybody to use this thread as from now.
    Please Jinyu feel free to join at anytime when-if you feel better.
    For now we have to pretend Jinyu won't be with us ( we wish he would) but because we haven't heard of him, we need to move on.

    Therefore:

    Bring oryoki if you have one ( we will do the simple procedure we did for Rohatsu)
    Bring everything to keep you warm in and out of sitting
    extra blankets, zafuton and zafu please! (better to have plenty than to lack a few)
    we need a small buddha statue, two candle holders and 4 white candles, a nice flower for the altar too (orchid)
    we also need a fee incense bowls for two extra altars, Jizo and Kannon
    If you have a han , wood struck to let people know about zazen, please bring it.
    If you have an hand bell for waking people, bring it.
    Bring mokugyo and drum if you can ( i cannot if i travel by train )
    i need an old razor with a blade for Tokudo and Jukai
    we need clappers in wood for evenings and oryoki
    the food will be simple, no fuss.
    I don't know about the money situation...We ll see :?
    Everybody coming should NOW post here and say when there are coming and get in touch with Hans for lifts or plan how to get there....
    Anybody ales can help with lifts from station or airport to abbey?
    I will give you soon my mobile number ( I have to ressurect an old international phone of mine)

    my number and address in France will be as from Tuesday next week:
    tel: 03 27 77 95 32
    : Monsieur et Madame BRUNELET
    25 Route de Prisches
    59550 LE FAVRIL France

    No dokusan for the two next weeks on skype

    gassho to all and speak to you soon.

    Taigu

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    yes, I have forgotten..we are into rakusu sewing for this retreat...
    AND WHERE ARE YOU GUYS?

    flying gassho

    T.

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Present!

    For the sewing, Taigu, should we bring new material so we can start a new rakusu during the retreat? Have a kesa going on but more than happy to start a new rakusu.

    I will bring:

    - Oryoki set
    - Zafu/Zabuton
    - Sleeping bag
    - Warm clothes
    - Fake orchid
    - Small mokugyo
    - Straight Razor
    - Lots and lots of money
    - Laptop (with offline video & audio recording capabilities)
    - External Microphone for mobility.
    - Sewing stuffs (needles, thread, material)
    - Travel Iron (my new best friend)
    - Flashlight (late night trips to the loo)

    Please let me know if there is anything else I can bring. (Incense maybe?)

    Gassho,

    s

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Hello,

    I didn't have any internet access in the last three days. I am still attending


    Gassho and regards ,


    Hans Chudo Mongen

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Hi all,
    I will bring:

    My own Zafu and Zabuton
    My own chant book
    My own Oryoki set
    Everything I need for Tokudo (Kesa almost finished!)
    Small mocogyo drum
    Some incense
    Inken bell
    Sand for incense bowls
    Two small offering cups in brass ... can function as incense bowls

    I can bring my Buddha statue also, but it is in the Thai style. Shall I bring it?

    Gassho
    Soen

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    I come, despite stuff for myself (bench, zabuton, sleeping bag, clothes etc etc etc) I can bring

    - the candles (standard white candles, about 2 cm diameter), 4 are sufficient ? But no candle holders
    - incense
    - I have no original wooden clappers but I can bring a good replacement with almost same sound, please let me know
    - I can bring a tiny buddhy (4 cm) if size doesnt matter

    I come via train and should be right in the abbey at 27th, about 3 pm. I need to catch my train on 30th, so I leave this day 3:30 pm latest

    _()_
    Peter

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    What time should we aim to be at the Abbey on the 27th? I may make my own way there.
    Gassho
    Soen

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    Re: Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Quote Originally Posted by soendoshin
    What time should we aim to be at the Abbey on the 27th? I may make my own way there.
    Gassho
    Soen
    Hans mentioned in another post that we shouldn't be there before 1 pm on the 27th.

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Thanks Shawn. We might meet out there so, rather than in town for lunch. What time do you hit town?
    Gassho

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    Hello friends

    I'll be arriving to Brussels the 27th at 8:55 am. Plenty of time for logistics .
    I'll bring zafu, sleeping bag and material for the rakusu. I have a Buddha statue, not very impressive, one of those industrial things made with epoxy. Let me know if it's needed.

    A question for Taigu: Should I bring the whole fabric so we'll cut it there, or do I better bring the pieces already cut?


    Looking forward to see you all.

    Gassho

    Rimon

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Hi Everybody,

    Bring it cut Rimon. No idea if we will have an iron...
    I really need an old style razor...Would anybody have one?

    gassho


    Taigu

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Hi Taigu,
    Hope you had a good flight.

    I think Shawn said he's bringing an old razor and travel iron.

    Gassho
    Soen

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Quote Originally Posted by soendoshin
    I think Shawn said he's bringing an old razor and travel iron.
    So I have something similar to this (no steam though ). If steam is critical I can look to see what I can find. I bought it for the portability but ended up using my industrial iron because I missed the steam function.



    And this is similar to the straight razor I was planning on bringing:



    G,

    Shawn

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Great looking razor.Thank you so much.

    gassho


    Taigu

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Kesa just finished!
    Great razor Shawn.
    Maybe Hans can bring a steam iron in the car?
    Gassho, on this winter solstice.
    Soen

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    I wish you all the best ...

    For all the chaos and confusion in organizing this first Retreat "on site", I believe it will be all the more a wondrous sitting. It is just like this crazy life, stillness right at/as the heart of chaos!

    Gassho, Jundo

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    Thank you Jundo; it is going to feel like sitting in a small ermitage with just a few dedicated Dharma brothers and sisters. Sure; great time.

    By the way, could anybody make a copy of the Treeleaf sutra book for me ( I have forgotten it :roll: ) and put it in a folder so pages can be easily turned and red?

    gassho

    Taigu

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    Re: Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Quote Originally Posted by Taigu
    By the way, could anybody make a copy of the Treeleaf sutra book for me ( I have forgotten it :roll: ) and put it in a folder so pages can be easily turned and red?
    I will bring it for you sensei.

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Deep gassho Shawn

    T.

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Nice to hear Soen. Do you have a Zagu and a kesa bag?
    If you don t , you mqy always bring alo,ng some material and I will help you.

    gassho

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Hi Taigu
    Thank you. But I have a zagu and have made a kesa bag too.
    Gassho
    Soen

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Taigu, Mongen, everyone...

    I intent to participate to the retreat*!
    I've been quite sick, I stopped working for a few days... I have huge migraines due to a physical problem a always had, to stress (because of the problems I'm fighting against in my daily life) and probably culpability of not being a good organizer for this retreat, and a worse member of this Sangha.

    Thanks to Taigu and Mongen for the fantastic work they are doing, I'm very sorry I spent a lot of their time in gibberish talk...

    But I can assure that*:
    The food, according to the menu, will be bought tomorrow evening and Saturday morning.
    No one outside Treeleaf showed up to participate to the retreat... despite the flyers I sent twice to 10 or 12 Sanghas around. Some shared that big retreats will be held by AZI and Sanbokyodan Sanghas (the two largest here) or that they intent to stay with their family...
    Thus will be just people participating on this thread.

    We will also have two irons and two tables for ironing.
    I also will bring much needles and all the threads I can find.

    I can also still pick Taigu in Northern France if fits with his program...

    gassho,
    Jinyu

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    Hi Guys
    Once you get your schedule finalised can you please post it here so some of us in other parts of the world can sit along with you
    Cheers
    m

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    A while ago, in another thread, Taigu wrote

    Sesshin schedule

    5: 30 : waking up
    6: 00 - 6:40: zazen
    6:45-7:25: zazen
    7:30-8:15: zazen
    8:15-8:45: ceremony
    8:45-9:00: free time
    9:00-9:30: breakfast
    9:30-10:00: coffee tea /dokusan
    10:00-12:00: sewing /samu
    12:00-12:30 :lunch
    12: 30-13:30: rest
    13:30-14:10: zazen
    14:15-15:00: zazen
    15:00-17:00: sewing/ samu
    17:00-18:00: circle and teaching
    18:00-19:00 : freetime dokusan
    19:00-20:00: diner /coffee tea
    20:00-20:40: zazen
    20:45-21:30: zazen
    21:30-22:30: freetime /priests meeting
    22:30: bedtime

    This is a rough but also very precise schedule we will all follow.

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    Peter thanks
    I am 5 hrs ahead of you so will sit your early afternoon Zazen after work
    Cheers
    m

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Print and bound the chant books!

    Employed my twin nine year olds as they are off for winter break. :-)



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    Gassho,
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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Good job Shawn.
    Looking forward to meeting you all in a few days time.
    Gassho
    Soen

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    Re: Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Quote Originally Posted by soendoshin
    Good job Shawn.
    Looking forward to meeting you all in a few days time.
    Gassho
    Soen
    Thanks Soen and yes me too. Almost all packed. Been quite a challenge to fit some of these bulkier items but I think I'm set. My flight leaves tomorrow night and arrives in Belgium about 3pm on the 26th.

    Everyone should have my number so feel free to text or call when you get in if you want to meet up.

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Quote Originally Posted by soendoshin
    Thanks Shawn. We might meet out there so, rather than in town for lunch. What time do you hit town?
    Gassho

    Hi Soen,

    I get into Brussels on the 26th...so anytime on the 27th is ok. Of course I'm carrying a bunch of luggage with me so maybe something on the 1km between the Kortenberg station and the Abbey? I was checking the routes on Google Maps and noticed what seemed to be two restaurants on that route, Rembrandt Cafe and La Strada Restaurant:





    Green A = Kortenberg Station
    Red A = Restaurants
    Green B = Abbey

    Btw, the route from Central Station to the Hotel is:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source= ... 7iEAw&pw=2

    Of course I'll be with you at that point and hopefully already stayed there on the 26th, so we can trek there together.

    Just give me a call or SMS when you get to town. I think my plan however will be to take the train up from the city around 11. This should put me in Kortenberg about 12 and then maybe grab a bite to eat before heading to the Abbey about 1.

    Gassho,

    s

    PS - Also one other note...there is a grocery store nearby called Carrefour GB. (http://g.co/maps/xumkv) Just in case you forget anything (I almost forgot to pack a towel...so used to staying at hotels when travelling for business!)

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    Minor update from the American Airlines lounge in London...

    I forgot the mini travel iron. Jinyu said he'd bring two with ironing boards... But just fyi that I dropped the ball here.

    Gassho

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    I hope it all goes well everyone.
    I will be sitting part of the retreat with you too.

    Gassho

    undo





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    Hi everyone,

    I'm purchasing things I couldn't find last week in order for Rimon to show us his culinary talents!

    I'll be picking up Taigu in Northern France tomorrow morning, we should be back at the retreat early (around 12h - 13h). As we will get there quite early it will be possible to prepare the zendo, everyoe will have time to put himself at ease in the rooms, time also for Rimon to check the food and eventually to buy one last thing at the supermarket nearby.
    So, I won't be able to pick people at the station as I wanted but I think everyone knows how to get there!

    Just in case my phone number is: 0032/487016749. If you have any problem with planes or trains don't hesitate!

    Have a very nice day everyone!

    A warm thought for those coming AND for the guys sitting from afar!

    deep gassho,
    Jinyu
    ps: Yes, we will have two irons and boards.

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Hi All,

    Though I'm not attending this year, I have been keeping up with all the posts on this retreat. It's great to see what you all, as a community, have worked hard to put together. Wishing everyone in attendance a safe trip and peaceful retreat!
    Like Undo, I'm hoping to sit part of this retreat through any recordings which may later be available.

    Gassho,
    John

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    Thank you John,

    The basic principle for anybody is to move one s ar.. and get to the retreat.
    Although space and time can be dropped, a bunch of guys are making use of space and time to make this retreat real. They deserve my greatest respect.


    We will do our best, thanks to Shawn, to record bits and pieces.
    Feel free to join and sit wherever you are.

    gassho

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    One more update. I made it to Brussels and it is warmer here than Dallas! +10c/50f

    Already saw that there is a Dali exhibit to check out and a chocolate museum... For after the retreat. :-)

    Here is a quick pic of the streets:



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    Hello everyone,

    I just returned from the retreat and cannot find words to express my deep gratitude. To be honest I did expect it to be rather good, but right now I am speechless.

    Thanks to everyone and particularly Taigu for making this retreat such an incredibly deep and authentic experience.

    I'll upload a few photo impressions on picasa shortly.

    Wow, just wow.


    Gassho,

    Hans Chudo Mongen

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    Thanks for the update and congratulations to Soen is in order as well!

    Gassho
    Shohei

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    Great job Hans. I am proud of you and all the treeleaf members who were able to attend

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    Wonderful!
    A small step in space and time, but a giant leap for this Sangha!

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    Hans summed it up perfectly. I will post up my experiences during the retreat in a subsequent thread, but it was a truly deeply moving experience.

    I will upload more pictures when I'm back home tomorrow, as well as the videos. Here's a couple I've been playing with to whet your appetite!





    Deep bows for everyone who made this happen...my feelings at the moment are beyond description.

    Happy New Year.

    Dokan Sanhei (Shawn)

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    Re: NEW THREAD WINTER RETREAT

    Dokan Shawn,
    Many thanks. Safe journey home and Happy New Year!
    Soen

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    Many, many bows to all of you!

    It was an incredible moment... very intense and inspiring! Many moments I won't forget, many people so different and so friendly!

    Thanks to those who could come and to the few who could stay in Brussels for the crazy evening (that ended dancing on the tables!).

    Iron birds singing in the trees
    bald pearls in a red house
    bows of gratitude
    Deep gassho,
    Jinyu

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