Treeleaf Japan's New/Old Zen Hall - Under Construction

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Construction has begun on converting an old wooden building at Treeleaf in Tsukuba into a hall for sitting Zazen.

I cannot post a sitting today, so offer this short tribute to the carpenter (Mr. Aita) and architect (Mr. Ushioda), good friends, who have been working on the place each day. They also need to do a lot of reinforcement to the building itself, which is old and not in the best shape. Here, they are building a few of the tan (platforms covered with tatami mats used for sitting in Japan). The space is small, but should let about 30 people sit at one time.

It is not much more than planks and sawdust now, not much to see, and will take many more weeks until the work is finished. But I hope to be able to show everyone, and be ready to sit, by the end of the year.

Deep bows of gratitude to Mr. Aita and Mr. Ushioda.

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(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)


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