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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XII


Your whole life the good & bad, the ups & downs ... all just ...



EMPTINESS



... and that's truly SOMETHING!


O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, all/ things/ are/
ex/pres/sions/ of/ emp/ti/ness/,
Not/ born/, not/ des/troyed/,
not/ stained/, not/ pure/;
Nei/ther/ wax/ing/ nor/ wan/ing/.
.

THE SIGNAL DROPPED MID-WAY ...
IF SITTING-A-LONG, PLEASE SELF TIME



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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fast Asleep




My son fell asleep just as I was getting ready for tonight's Zazen ...

we'll keep it quiet ...

... and I'll ring the bell real softly ...



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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Retreat!



Since announcing a couple of days ago Treeleaf Sangha's first "All Online Jukai" ...

TREELEAF JUKAI

... I have received several questions about how we will do the 2 or 3 day "online silent retreat" toward the end, just prior to the Jukai ceremony itself.

So, let me talk about that ...

We have done half-day "retreat-a-longs" in the past, which folks can sit with at any time, "on demand" (and featuring Oryoki, Samu, Chanting, Kinhin and lots & lots of Zazen) ... Please have a look at one HERE and maybe "sit-a-long" ...



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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Jukai Time!


Treeleaf Sangha will be holding its first "Jukai" (all online too!) ...


... for folks with a serious interest, wishing more information, there is a rather wordy explanation here ...





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Welcome to our Saturday "Live from Treeleaf" Zazen,

We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant of the "Verse of Atonement" and "Four Vows".

Please join in, one and all.

Gassho, Jundo




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AFTER 3x STANDING BOWS by EVERYONE:

INO ONLY =

The Heart of the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra*
(Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo in English)

EVERYONE =

A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/,

In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/*

Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,

And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/.

O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, form/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ emp/ti/ness/,

Emp/ti/ness/ no/ o/ther/ than/ form/;

Form/ is/ pre/cise/ly/ emp/ti/ness/, emp/ti/ness/ pre/cise/ly/ form/.

Sen/sa/tions/, per/cep/tions/, for/ma/tions/ and/ con/scious/ness/ are/ al/so/ like/ this/.

O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, all/ things/ are/ ex/pres/sions/ of/ emp/ti/ness/,

Not/ born/, not/ des/troyed/, not/ stained/, not/ pure/;

Nei/ther/ wax/ing/ nor/ wan/ing/.

Thus/ emp/ti/ness/ is/ not/ form/; not/ sen/sa/tion/ nor/ per/cep/tion/,

not/ for/ma/tion/ nor/ con/scious/ness/.

No/ eye/, ear/, nose/, tongue/, bo/dy/, mind/;

No/ sight/, sound/, smell/, taste/, touch/, nor/ ob/ject/ of/ mind/;

No/ realm/ of/ sight/, no/ realm/ of/ con/scious/ness/;

No/ ig/no/rance/, no/ end/ to/ ig/no/rance/;

No/ old/ age/ and/ death/,

No/ ces/sa/tion/ of/ old/ age/ and/ death/;

No/ suf/fer/ing/, nor/ cause/ or/ end/ to/ suf/fer/ing/;

No/ path/, no/ wis/dom/ and/ no/ gain/.

No/ gain/ – thus/ Bod/dhi/satt/vas/ live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/*

With/ no/ hin/drance/ of/ mind/ –

No/ hin/drance/ there/fore/ no/ fear/.

Far/ be/yond/ all/ de/lu/sion/, Nir/va/na/ is/ al/rea/dy/ here/.

All/ past/, pre/sent/ and/ fu/ture/ Budd/has/

Live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/*

And/ re/al/ize/ su/preme/ and/ com/plete/ en/light/en/ment/.

There/fore/ know/ that/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/

Is/ the/ sac/red/ man/tra/, the/ lu/min/ous/ man/tra/,

the/ sup/reme/ man/tra/, the/ in/com/pa/ra/ble/ man/tra/

by/ which/ all/ suf/fe/ring/ is/ clear/.

This/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ Truth/.

There/fore/ set/ forth/ the/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/ man/tra/.

Set/ forth/ this/ man/tra/ and/ pro/claim/:*

(1x)
Gate! Gate! (Already Gone, Gone)
Paragate! (Already Gone Beyond)
Parasamgate! (Already Fully Beyond)
Bodhi! Svaha! * (Awakening, Rejoice)

BE SEATED AS INSTRUCTED BY JUNDO

________________________________________________________________

VERSE OF ATONEMENT:

All harmful acts, words and thoughts, ever committed by me since of old,

On account of beginningless greed, anger and ignorance,

Born of my body, mouth and mind,

Now I atone for them all



FOUR VOWS:

To save all sentient beings, though beings numberless

To transform all delusions, though delusions inexhaustible

To perceive Reality, though Reality is boundless

To attain the Enlightened Way, a Way non-attainable

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Cicada Rain


We have some guest teachers today in Treeleaf's garden:

... the summer cicadas, a passing thundershower & the wind ...

None need give a talk on "Emptiness" to preach "Emptiness" ...



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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XI



Drop all the opposites. Drop even the opposites of "same" and "opposite".

Drop "dropping" and "not dropping" ...

... what remains then (beyond "what/no what", beyond "remaining" or "not remaining", beyond "now" or "then")?


Emptiness



O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, all/ things/ are/
ex/pres/sions/ of/ emp/ti/ness/,
Not/ born/, not/ des/troyed/,
not/ stained/, not/ pure/;
Nei/ther/ wax/ing/ nor/ wan/ing/.
.


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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra X






O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, all/ things/ are/
ex/pres/sions/ of/ emp/ti/ness/,
Not/ born/, not/ des/troyed/,
not/ stained/, not/ pure/;
Nei/ther/ wax/ing/ nor/ wan/ing/.
.


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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra IX





O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, form/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ emp/ti/ness/, Emp/ti/ness/ no/ o/ther/ than/ form/; Form/ is/ pre/cise/ly/ emp/ti/ness/, emp/ti/ness/ pre/cise/ly/ form/.
Sen/sa/tions/, per/cep/tions/, for/ma/tions/ and/ con/scious/ness/ are/ al/so/ like/ this/.


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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra VIII




If "suffering", from a Buddhist perspective, is your "self" bumping into all the other "selfs" of the world, and your "self" not being "at ease" with the way the world is ... then Buddhist teachings on "no self" and on "emptiness" provide 3 medicines for that "dis-ease" ...


First, there is no "self" to do the bumping, and no other "selfs" to be bumped -- an abiding"self" is an illusion, and thus so too is the "self's" problems and discontents.


Second, there is no division between "self" and "not self", and all is "one", so no two things to go bumpedy bump.


Third, each "bumper" and "bumpee" and "bumping" is perfectly whole, self contained and complete unto itself ... just-what-it-is ... so no friction is possible that way too.


Each of those perspectives serves to alleviate the friction and conflict, and each is simultaneously true in its own way.


A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/,
In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/
Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,
And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/
O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, form/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ emp/ti/ness/, Emp/ti/ness/ no/ o/ther/ than/ form/; Form/ is/ pre/cise/ly/ emp/ti/ness/, emp/ti/ness/ pre/cise/ly/ form/.


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Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Will on Tsukuba-san

Last week was Hans' turn, and today Will climbs Mt. Tsukuba for some Zazen ...



Welcome to our Saturday "Live from Treeleaf" Zazen,

We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant of the "Verse of Atonement" and "Four Vows".

Please join in, one and all.

Gassho, Jundo




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INO = CHANT LEADER ONLY
EVERYONE = ALL JOIN IN


AFTER 3x STANDING BOWS by EVERYONE:

INO ONLY =

The Heart of the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra*
(Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo in English)

EVERYONE =

A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/,

In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/*

Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,

And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/.

O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, form/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ emp/ti/ness/,

Emp/ti/ness/ no/ o/ther/ than/ form/;

Form/ is/ pre/cise/ly/ emp/ti/ness/, emp/ti/ness/ pre/cise/ly/ form/.

Sen/sa/tions/, per/cep/tions/, for/ma/tions/ and/ con/scious/ness/ are/ al/so/ like/ this/.

O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, all/ things/ are/ ex/pres/sions/ of/ emp/ti/ness/,

Not/ born/, not/ des/troyed/, not/ stained/, not/ pure/;

Nei/ther/ wax/ing/ nor/ wan/ing/.

Thus/ emp/ti/ness/ is/ not/ form/; not/ sen/sa/tion/ nor/ per/cep/tion/,

not/ for/ma/tion/ nor/ con/scious/ness/.

No/ eye/, ear/, nose/, tongue/, bo/dy/, mind/;

No/ sight/, sound/, smell/, taste/, touch/, nor/ ob/ject/ of/ mind/;

No/ realm/ of/ sight/, no/ realm/ of/ con/scious/ness/;

No/ ig/no/rance/, no/ end/ to/ ig/no/rance/;

No/ old/ age/ and/ death/,

No/ ces/sa/tion/ of/ old/ age/ and/ death/;

No/ suf/fer/ing/, nor/ cause/ or/ end/ to/ suf/fer/ing/;

No/ path/, no/ wis/dom/ and/ no/ gain/.

No/ gain/ – thus/ Bod/dhi/satt/vas/ live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/*

With/ no/ hin/drance/ of/ mind/ –

No/ hin/drance/ there/fore/ no/ fear/.

Far/ be/yond/ all/ de/lu/sion/, Nir/va/na/ is/ al/rea/dy/ here/.

All/ past/, pre/sent/ and/ fu/ture/ Budd/has/

Live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/*

And/ re/al/ize/ su/preme/ and/ com/plete/ en/light/en/ment/.

There/fore/ know/ that/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/

Is/ the/ sac/red/ man/tra/, the/ lu/min/ous/ man/tra/,

the/ sup/reme/ man/tra/, the/ in/com/pa/ra/ble/ man/tra/

by/ which/ all/ suf/fe/ring/ is/ clear/.

This/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ Truth/.

There/fore/ set/ forth/ the/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/ man/tra/.

Set/ forth/ this/ man/tra/ and/ pro/claim/:*

(1x)
Gate! Gate! (Already Gone, Gone)
Paragate! (Already Gone Beyond)
Parasamgate! (Already Fully Beyond)
Bodhi! Svaha! * (Awakening, Rejoice)

BE SEATED AS INSTRUCTED BY JUNDO

________________________________________________________________

VERSE OF ATONEMENT:

All harmful acts, words and thoughts, ever committed by me since of old,

On account of beginningless greed, anger and ignorance,

Born of my body, mouth and mind,

Now I atone for them all



FOUR VOWS:

To save all sentient beings, though beings numberless

To transform all delusions, though delusions inexhaustible

To perceive Reality, though Reality is boundless

To attain the Enlightened Way, a Way non-attainable

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra VII






What is "suffering" from a Buddhist perspective?



(Next time, we'll look at how perceiving "emptiness" is a cure)





A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/,
In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/
Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,
And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/
O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, form/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ emp/ti/ness/, Emp/ti/ness/ no/ o/ther/ than/ form/; Form/ is/ pre/cise/ly/ emp/ti/ness/, emp/ti/ness/ pre/cise/ly/ form/.


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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra VI

The 5 Conditions (or Skandhas, or Aggregates) create our false sense of a permanent, substantial "self":

Form (Rupa) - The aggregate of form corresponds to what we would call material or physical factors. It includes the material objects that surround us in the world. This also includes our physical bodies and the five physical sense organs and the corresponding physical objects of the sense organs. These are the eyes and visible objects, the ears and sound, the nose and smell, the tongue and taste, and the skin and tangible objects.

Sensation (Vedanā) - sensing an object as either pleasant or unpleasant or neutral via the senses;

Perception, Cognition (Samjñā) - the subjecting of pain/pleasure/neutral perceptions to further conceptualizations whereby cognition of patterns takes place, such as color, shape, motion, etc., which leads to the cognition of objects;

Mental Formations (Samskāra) - all types of mental habits, thoughts, ideas, opinions, compulsions, and decisions triggered by an object. These are also the karmic latencies which predispose us to perceive or react in certain ways;

Consciousness (Vijñāna) - It is "bifurcative" consciousness, because it splits the world into a duality of experiencer (self) and experience (other).


A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/,
In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/
Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,
And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/
O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, form/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ emp/ti/ness/, Emp/ti/ness/ no/ o/ther/ than/ form/; Form/ is/ pre/cise/ly/ emp/ti/ness/, emp/ti/ness/ pre/cise/ly/ form/.


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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Pale Blue Dot


In 1990, Carl Sagan persuaded NASA to use the Voyager 1 spacecraft to take a photograph of the planet Earth from a distance of 4 billion miles. The result was simply arresting: a portrait of our home as a tiny, fragile speck of blue adrift in an unimaginably vast sea of space. In a commencement address for the public release of the photograph, astronomer Sagan offered these profound words:

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.


But if we are but fragile specks
living on a fragile speck in a vast or infinite universe,
what's this whole Zen thingy about being
"one with the universe"?

If you would like to see a film about the Pale Blue Dot, and some other great films, click HERE


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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Jukai / Next Book



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I would like to announce the next book for the Treeleaf Book Club ...

... and also for our Precepts study course in preparation for our upcoming Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts) ceremony ...

... It is the Mind of Clover, by the venerable Robert Aitken Roshi of the Diamond Sangha.

Please do order a copy if you wish to participate in either the book club and/or the Jukai (which will be combined for purposes of our Precepts study course). Here is some bookstore information (for mostly the US/UK and Canada) and for Europe here ...




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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eiheiji



Today, Will and I joined up with Hans to sit at "Eiheiji Betsuin Chokoji" Temple in Tokyo, an active training temple which is a branch of Eiheiji Head Temple. We sat with the open Monday Zazenkai.

Like yesterday, though, we could not bring cameras into the sitting, so there is no recording today. But please know that we three were sitting with all the other Treeleafers the whole time. They chant Fukanzazengi there, and Hans did it in his great baritone.

"Eiheiji Betsuin" is a very good place. One of my favorite parts is its famous, giant 4-story Kannon ... That's a BIG Kannon! Looks ready (except for the compasion, of course) to stomp on Tokyo in a Japanese monster movies!

Please sit-a-long-(in spirit) with-Will, Hans and Jundo.

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Sojiji















Will and I spent a few hours sitting Zazen with the weekly public Sunday Zazenkai at Sojiji monastery. I could not take a camera into the sitting, but we say "hi" (below) and were sitting with everyone at Treeleaf anyway.

Sojiji is one of the two head temples of the Soto School in Japan (with Eiheiji), and is pretty much the Vatican of Soto Zen. It is a training center for hundreds of monks each year. Here is a link to more information about Sojiji than you probably need: SOJIJI




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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: "Will-zenkai"

We are having another special Zazenkai tonight for two hours, in honor of Will's visit ... a "Will-zenkai" (we just had our "Hans-zenkai" last week)! We will sit 2 periods of about 40 minute Zazen, with 10 minute Kinhin. We close with the Verse of Atonement and Four Vows.

Specially for tonight, our "Heart Sutra" will be Will's musical version. If you like it and want to download it, it is HERE. It is our "Official" Treeleaf Song!

Please sit-a-long-with-Will and Jundo.




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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Will to the Truth






Today, we are joined by one of these
"William Barry's"' ...


... but which
"William Barry"???





Saturday, look for a special, 2-hour "Will-zenkai" ... to be LIVE in the Sitting Room and on Ustream (look for details here) commencing at 10:00 pm Japan time ...




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While Hans is visiting Treeleaf from Germany, I took him on a hike of our local mountain ... Mt. Tsukuba. It is one of Japan's 'Great Mountains' ...

You can read all about "Tsukuba-san" here: Mt. Tsukuba Wiki

So, please sit with Hans and me next to a really grand 'ol ancient rock


SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: "Hans-zenkai"

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We are having a special Zazenkai tonight for two hours, from 10:00pm Japan time, in honor of Hans' visit ... a "Hans-zenkai"! We will chant the heart Sutra (in Japanese), then sit 2 periods of about 40 minute Zazen, with 10 minute Kinhin. We close with the Verse of Atonement and Four Vows.

Please sit-a-long-with-Hans and Jundo.




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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Hans is Here!



Hans is Here!

He is our first treeleafer to make the pilgrimage to Japan to sit at "Treeleaf Tsukuba" ...

I hope other folks will make it too (Will is coming from China next week)

Tomorrow, look for a special, 2-hour "Hans Zazenkai" ... to be LIVE in the Sitting Room and on Ustream (look for details here) commencing at 10:00 pm Japan time (Wednesday night) ... Hans and I hope some folks will join us.





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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Hoji


We had a memorial service in my wife's family this week, and we are sitting Zazen today to recall ... in stillness and silence ... our loved one.


I am not too much for ceremonies myself, but the following is a description of a Japanese memorial service
that I really like (from a Jodo Shinshu [True Pure Land] Buddhist temple) ...

Memorial services for the deceased, or "Hoji", have a long history in Japanese Buddhism. Family and close friends gather at the Temple in memory of the deceased member of the family, and a monk will chant. Following the service, the group will usually eat together. This meal is important in that it renews each member in both mind and body and strengthens the ties that bind the group together. This custom and the memorial services help to emphasize that death is a natural occurrence in life and is not something to be feared. The memorial service is also a wonderful opportunity of reinforcing family ties beyond one's immediate family, which helps to create a sense of continuity and community from generation to generation.

Chuin refers to the first 49 day period of mourning after death. In the past it was often marked with services held every 7 days. In the some sects of Buddhism, the karmic energy of a person is believed to be in a state of flux, moving to a new state of existence every seven days. This state of flux was called the shadowy world of yin. Thus the name Chuin meaning "in the middle of yin." After the 49th day the energy was said to be reborn. This belief was widespread in China and Japan. [Memorial services may be observed also at the 1st year, 3rd year, 7th year, 13th year, even as far as the 50th year].

However, Jodo Shinshu categorically denies the efficacy of such observances but nevertheless observes Chuin in grateful memory of the deceased and as yet another opportunity to listen to the Dharma. The memorial service in Jodo Shinshu is not for the sake of the dead. In holding the service in memory of the deceased, we acknowledge our ties to the various causes and conditions in our life, that allow us to exist.

You can see a very short video of a traditional Hoji here





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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: July Zazenkai

Please 'sit-a-long' with our July "Zazenkai" (running time: approx. 4 hours). The sitting schedule is as follows:

00:00 – 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA English Only / SANDOKAI) & ZAZEN
00:50 – 01:00 KINHIN
01:00 – 01:40 ZAZEN
01:40 – 01:50 KINHIN
01:50 – 02:30 ZAZEN & DHARMA TALK
02:30 – 02:40 KINHIN
02:40 – 03:20 ZAZEN
03:20 – 03:30 KINHIN
03:30 – 04:00 FUKANZAZENGI CHANT & ZAZEN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT, FOUR VOWS, & CLOSING

I 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.

ALSO, REMEMBER TO SET YOUR COMPUTER (& SCREEN SAVER) SO THAT IT DOES NOT SHUT OFF DURING THE 4 HOURS.
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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra V



A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/,
In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/
Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,
And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/
O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, form/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ emp/ti/ness/, Emp/ti/ness/ no/ o/ther/ than/ form/; Form/ is/ pre/cise/ly/ emp/ti/ness/, emp/ti/ness/ pre/cise/ly/ form/.



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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra IV



Śūnyatā
Emptiness
Voidness




A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/,
In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/
Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,
And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/


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LOOKS LIKE THIS TALK IS NOW WORKING, SO LET'S CONTINUE WITH THE 'HEART SUTRA' ... THANK YOU FOR YOUR HAVING PRACTICED THE PARAMITA OF PATIENCE!

What's a Paramita, What's a Prajna Paramita, What's a Deep Prajna Paramita ... and why is Avolokitesvara practicing that Deep Prajna Paramita ??




A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/,
In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/
Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,
And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/


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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Capsule Hotel

THIS WORD JUST IN FROM BUDDHA (also known as 'Tech Support" at Ustream) on the missing "sit-a-longs" ...
This is a known issue that we are working to resolve. We apologize for this problem and we are working to resolve it. I'll forward your message to our developers."

Well, missed the last train back to Tsukuba ...

... But no problem, cause a Japanese 'capsule' hotel is a perfect place for Zazen ...



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