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Welcome to our Saturday "Live from Treeleaf" Zazen FROM SAIGON!

Unfortunately, the signal cut after but a few minutes ... In fact, during this week, I will be visiting some Zen monasteries (due at one at 4AM tomorrow morning for a dawn sitting!!!), and traveling in the countryside ... so the internet will be sporadic or none.

However, we can say that we are 'sitting together' even then ...




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Off to catch a plane to Vietnam in a few hours ... Tomorrow we will try for our monthly Zazenkai, but all week the internet will be sporadic. I will be sitting in a couple of monasteries, pretty cut off too ...

... but know that I am still "sitting-a-long" each day, even then ...


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Perhaps the questions I am asked most often have to do with pain during sitting ... Over at the forum, we have had some great discussions on painful Zazen, and many valuable tips and comments. If you are regularly experiencing pain and discomfort during your Zazen, please have a look ...




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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: On a Bike

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Continuing with our series on 'anywhere, any time' Zazen ... today, we sit on a bicycle.

Bike riding is a way of physical balance, just as Zazen is balance in body-mind.

Sometimes, on life's bumpy road, we may lose that balance ... but do we know how to 'get back on the bike' quickly?

(lost the signal toward the end, so there is no closing bell)




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The Eighth of "Eight Types of Enlightenment" ...

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Faith & the Pure Land





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Our practice is beyond all thought of time ... yet I am running late late late today (or early, depending on where one is in the world). A silent sitting ...






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Welcome to our Saturday "Live from Treeleaf" Zazen. (Due to Sound Problems this week ... I did not turn the mike on during the live sitting ... this is a rebroadcast of last week)

We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant Heart Sutra in ENGLISH only this week (we will alternate English/Japanese week to week), 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

____________________________________________
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


Tried to do the sitting on a crowded train today ...

... lost the signal though after a couple of stations (oh well)

But a crowded train or bus is a great place to sit or stand Zazen ...

... if you remember that good Buddhists give up their seat to little old ladies and such, even if during Zazen.

This particular train circles Tokyo in a big loop (that's why, if there is such a thing as reincarnation, it always struck me that it may be something like this train ... with folks getting on then getting off, and the whole thing going round and round and round ... )





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Caught in a Tokyo traffic jam ...

... a good chance for Zazen

Nothing moving, but no place to go







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As to No. 7 of the "Eight Types of Enlightenment" ...

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I think this guy is
really off base!






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Zen Practice has not really cured my procrastinating
(though I used to be even worse).

But you didn't think Zen fixes
all one's problems and bad habits, did you?





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Ours is a way of balance ...
balance of body-mind through life ...

But anyone can lose their balance,
even after many years of practice sometimes.

Even an experienced practitioner or teacher
can fall off the bike.





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A little more No. 6 of the "Eight Types of Enlightenment" ...

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Your 'True Self' 'Original Self' 'One Mind"
'Buddha Nature' ...





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Welcome to our Saturday "Live from Treeleaf" Zazen,

We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant Heart Sutra in ENGLISH only this week (we will alternate English/Japanese week to week), 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

____________________________________________
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



No. 6 of the "Eight Types of Enlightenment" ...

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being one with what?






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A special guest teacher today, so I preempt our scheduled talk ...

the subject is sitting with little pains, annoyances and mosquitoes ...






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No. 5 of the
"Eight Types of Enlightenment" ...


We now head to China ... the Way ...

... the search for 'Buddha Nature', our True Self ...





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Continuing our series on Zazen any where, any time ...

Today, heading down the road

**BY THE WAY, I RECOMMEND ZAZEN IN THE PASSENGER SEAT,
NOT WHILE ACTUALLY DRIVING!!**





(LOST THE SIGNAL TOWARD THE END,
SO PLEASE TIME YOURSELF)



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Welcome to our Saturday** "Live from Treeleaf" Zazen
**(but on Monday!),


We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant Heart Sutra in JAPANESE only this week (we will alternate English/Japanese week to week), 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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JAPANESE HEART SUTRA:

INO ONLY:
Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo*
(The Heart of the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra in JAPANESE)

EVERYONE:
Kan Ji Zai Bo Satsu Gyo Jin Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Ji Sho Ken Go* On Kai Ku Do I Sai Ku Yaku Sha Ri Shi Shiki Fu I Ku Ku Fu I Shiki Shiki Soku Ze Ku Ku Soku Ze Shiki Ju So Gyo Shiki Yaku Bu Nyo Ze Sha Ri Shi Ze Sho Ho Ku So Fu Sho Fu Metsu Fu Ku Fu Jo Fu Zo Fu Gen Ze Ko Ku Chu Mu Shiki Mu Ju So Gyo Shiki Mu Gen Ni Bi Ze Shin Ni Mu Shiki Sho Ko Mi Soku Ho Mu Gen Kai Nai Shi Mu I Shiki Kai Mu Mu Myo Yaku Mu Mu Myo Jin Nai Shi Mu Ro Shi Yaku Mu Ro Shi Jin Mu Ku Shu Metsu Do Mu Chi Yaku Mu Toku I Mu Sho Tok ko Bo Dai Sat Ta E Han-Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Ko* Shin Mu Kei Ge Mu Kei Ge Ko Mu U Ku Fu On Ri Is-Sai Ten Do Mu So Ku Gyo Ne Han San Ze Sho Butsu E Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Ko* Toku A Noku Ta Ra San Myaku San Bo Dai Ko Chi Han-Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Ze Dai Jin Shu Ze Dai Myo Shu Ze Mu Jo Shu Ze Mu To To Shu No Jo Is sai Ku Shin Jitsu Fu Ko Ko Setsu Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Shu Soku Setsu Shu Watsu Gya* Tei Gya Tei Ha Ra Gya Tei Hara* So Gya Tei Bo Ji Sowa Ka Han Nya Shin Gyo

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: F-1

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It is race day (F-1 Grand Prix), and the TV is screaming!! No place to go in this small house, I will just sit. But that's fine ...





(THERE MAY BE SOME PROBLEM WITH THE NETCAST,
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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Downtown

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When your mind is noisy like a downtown street ...

... remember where true stillness is found ....





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Next of the "Eight Types of Enlightenment" ... DOWNLOAD (PDF)



TANTRA!


It sure is more colorful than our Zen Practice sometimes





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More of the
"Eight Types of Enlightenment" ...


In the Zen perspective, we might not have 'eternal life'

... only 'no birth no death'




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The next of the "Eight Types of Enlightenment" ...


Everything is impermanent, nothing has 'self', all is empty ... just realize this fact and you can make your great escape ...

... so do Zen folks exist?

(By the way, you can see how my "non-existing" self reacted when a pretty good earthquake shook our sitting at about 27:45 minutes ... My "not-self" was fine, but my "self" sure did want to get me and my family out of there! )



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Continuing our look at the "Eight Types of Enlightenment":


'Enlightenment as Escape' might be said to emphasize (1) escape from human life by (2) extinguishment of human emotions and desire (3) over a series of incarnations ...

... How does that compare to Zen practice?



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Today we begin looking at the "Eight Types of Enlightenment" based on this book section {PDF}:


As Buddhism moved from culture to culture, and as time passed, Buddhism changed and flowered in a variety of forms. Did it become better or worse in the transition, gain or lose what is vital? Has it stayed faithful to the Buddha's original teachings? Can those teachings even be known?



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Please 'sit-a-long' with our May "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.
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Before we sit, I talk about some things coming up on the "Sit-a-Long" ...

Next week, I'll be looking at the "Eight Types of Enlightenment" and this article {PDF}:





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A rice farmer near Treeleaf said I could film him today, planting each sprig of rice by hand.


Time passes ...

Things grow ...

This world feeds and nurtures us ...

I feel tremendous gratitude.




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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Rocket!

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Today, sitting under our town's landmark rocketship (Tsukuba is home to Japan's space program), I'll take on questions like these:

How would a sentient "blob" creature from another world manage the Full Lotus posture?

Is planetary defense against invading Venusians a violation of the Precepts?

What was Dogen's real opinion on 'Worm Hole' travel?

... and many others.




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