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Jundo
10-04-2013, 05:27 AM
Todays Zazenkai marks the start of our GLOBAL DAYS of SERVICE period, October 5-19th!
More information here:

http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?11386-Treeleaf-Global-Service-Days-October-5-19-2013

Readings for today's Dharma Talk are below in this thread.

Please 'sit-a-long' with our MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI, netcast LIVE 8am to noon Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 7pm to 11pm, Los Angeles 4pm to 8pm (Friday night), London midnight to 4am and Paris 1am to 5am (early Saturday morning)) ... and visible at the following link during those times ...

... to be visible at the following link during those times and any time thereafter ...

LIVE ZAZENKAI NETCAST at GOOGLE+ IS HERE:
CLICK ON THE TAB ON LOWER RIGHT FOR 'FULL SCREEN

http://youtu.be/ocdjlvCti0k

FOR THOSE NOT ALREADY MEMBERS OF THE CIRCLE WHO WISH TO JOIN TO SIT LIVE WITH A CAMERA, INSTRUCTIONS are posted AT THIS LINK (http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?10200-How-to-Join-GOOGLE-for-Zazenkai). WE ARE NOW LIMITED TO 10 INDIVIDUALS WITH CAMERAS, BUT ANY NUMBER CAN WATCH LIVE 'ONE WAY' AND SIT-A-LONG VIA THE ABOVE SCREEN. IF JOINING WITH CAMERA, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR MICROPHONE IS MUTED:

The Sitting Schedule is as follows;

00:00 - 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA / SANDOKAI IN ENGLISH) & ZAZEN
00:50 - 01:00 KINHIN
01:00 - 01:30 ZAZEN
01:30 - 01:50 KINHIN

01:50 - 02:30 DHARMA TALK & ZAZEN
02:30 - 02:40 KINHIN

02:40 - 03:15 ZAZEN
03:15 - 03:30 KINHIN
03:30 - 04:00 METTA CHANT & ZAZEN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT, FOUR VOWS, & CLOSING


Our Zazenkai consists of our chanting the 'Heart Sutra' and the 'Identity of Relative and Absolute (Sandokai)' in English (please download our Chant Book at the link below), some full floor prostrations (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish), a little talk by me ... and we close with the 'Metta Chant', followed at the end with the 'Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'. Oh, and lots and lots of Zazen and walkin' Kinhin in between!

Please download and print out the Chants we will recite at the following link (PDF):

Chant Book (PDF) (http://www.treeleaf.org/treeleaf_zazenkai_chant_book.pdf)

or

Chant Book (SHORT VERSION HTML) (http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?7032-Weekly-Monthly-Zazenkai-Chant-Book-is-Here)

I STRONGLY 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, AND HAVE ROOM FOR BOWING AND KINHIN.

ALSO, REMEMBER TO SET YOUR COMPUTER (& SCREEN SAVER) SO THAT IT DOES NOT SHUT OFF DURING THE 4 HOURS.

I hope you will join us ... an open Zafu is waiting. When we drop all thought of 'here' 'there' 'now' 'then' ... we are sitting all together!

Jundo
10-04-2013, 05:27 AM
READINGS FOR TODAY'S DHARMA TALK:

From Giving in the Pali Canon by Lily de Silva
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/various/wheel367.html

Giving is of prime importance in the Buddhist scheme of mental purification because it is the best weapon against greed (lobha), the first of the three unwholesome motivational roots (akusalamula). Greed is wrapt up with egoism and selfishness, since we hold our personalities and our possessions as "I" and "mine". Giving helps make egoism thaw: it is the antidote to cure the illness of egoism and greed. "Overcome the taint of greed and practice giving," exhorts the Devatasamyutta (S.i,18). …

Practically anything useful can be given as a gift. The Niddesa (ND.2, 523) gives a list of fourteen items that are fit to be given for charity. They are robes, almsfood, dwelling places, medicine and other requisites for the sick, food, drink, cloths … It is not necessary to have much to practice generosity, for one can give according to one's means. Gifts given from one's meager resources are considered very valuable.

But it is maintained in the suttas (A.iv,62) that alms should be given without any expectations (na sapekho danam deti). Nor should alms be given with attachment to the recipient. If one gives with the idea of accumulating things for later use, that is an inferior act of giving. If one gives with the hope of enjoying the result thereof after death, that is also an inferior act of giving. The only valid motive for giving should be the motive of adorning the mind, to rid the mind of the ugliness of greed and selfishness.

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From No Time to Lose, by Pema Chödrön

According to the teachings, there are three types of generosity, three ways of helping others by giving of ourselves.

The first kind of generosity is the giving of material things, such as food and shelter.

The second is "giving the gift of fearlessness." We help those who are afraid. If someone is scared of the dark, we give them a flashlight; if they're going through a fearful time, we comfort them; if they're having night terrors, we sleep next to them. This may sound easy, but it takes time and effort and care.

The third kind of generosity drives away the darkness of ignorance. This is "the gift of dharma" and is considered the most profound. Although no one can eliminate our ignorance but ourselves, nevertheless, through example and through teachings, we can inspire and support one another.

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A koan appearing in both the “Daishugyo” and “Kannon” fascicles of Shobogenzo, Case 89 in the Blue Cliff Record and Case 54 in the Book of Serenity:

Great Master Ungan Muju asks Great Master Shūitsu of Dōgozan,“What does the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion [Kannon] do by using his limitlessly abundant hands and eyes?”

Dōgo says, “He is like a person in the night reaching back with a hand to grope for a pillow.”

Ungan says, “I understand. I understand.”

Dōgo says, “How do you understand?”

Ungan says, “The whole body is hands and eyes.”

Dōgo says, “Your words are nicely spoken. At the same time, yourexpression of the truth is just eighty or ninety percent of realization.”

Ungan says, “I am just like this. How about you, brother?”

Dōgo says, “The thoroughly realized body is hands and eyes.”

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From Shobogenzo “Bodaisatta-Shishobo”:

Beneficial action is skillfully to benefit all classes of sentient beings, that is, to care about their distant and near future, and to help them by using skillful means. In ancient times, someone helped a caged tortoise; another took care of an injured sparrow. They did not expect a reward; they were moved to do so only for the sake of beneficial action. Foolish people think that if they help others first, their own benefit will be lost; but this is not so. Beneficial action is an act of oneness, benefiting self and others together.

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From Shobogenzo-Zuimonki Book 2-2:

[According to Ejo] Dogen said, “When Eisai, the late Bishop, was abbot of the Kennin Monastery, a man came and said, ‘My family is very poor. We haven’t eaten for several days. The three of us—my wife, my son, and I—are starving to death. Please show your compassion and help us.’ At that time there was no clothing, food, or money in the monastery. Eisai could find no way to help. But he remembered the copper sheet intended for the halo of the Medicine Buddha figure. He got this out, broke off a portion of it, crushed it together, and gave it to the poor man, saying, ‘Please exchange this for food and satisfy your hunger.’ The man departed overjoyed.

The students were upset and said, ‘That copper was for the radiance of the Medicine Buddha’s image. Is it not a crime to give such sacred material to a layperson?’

“Eisai said, ‘yes, it is a crime. But think of the Buddha’s intention. He gave up his own flesh and bones and offered them to sentient beings. We would honor the Buddha’s intention even if we were to give the entire body of the Medicine Buddha to those who are starving now. We may fall into hell for this act. Still we should continue to save people from starvation.’

“Students nowadays should reflect on the great heart of our guiding master. Don’t forget this

Kyonin
10-04-2013, 10:07 AM
I'll be there live!

Thank you for the readings.

Gassho,

Kyonin

Myozan Kodo
10-04-2013, 11:02 AM
Will sit over the weekend. Have a good Zazenkai tonight.
Gassho
Myozan

ScottM
10-04-2013, 11:58 AM
I'll be here.

Gassho,
Dosho

Juki
10-04-2013, 12:08 PM
I will also be there live.

Gassho,
William

Shingen
10-04-2013, 12:46 PM
I too will be there live. :)

Gassho
Shingen

Genshin
10-04-2013, 01:50 PM
Will probably have to sit this over a couple of days due to sickly children.

Gassho
Matt

Yugen
10-04-2013, 06:51 PM
I will be there!

Gassho
Yugen

Myosha
10-04-2013, 08:36 PM
There here there. . . .


Gassho,
Edward

KellyRok
10-04-2013, 08:42 PM
I will have to sit with recorded version.

Matt, I hope your kids feel better soon!

Gassho,
Kelly/Jinmei

Entai
10-04-2013, 10:16 PM
I'll be sitting Sunday.

Gassho, Bill

Koshin
10-05-2013, 03:02 AM
That was awesome...thank you all sitters... have a great weekend :)

Gassho

Juki
10-05-2013, 03:03 AM
Thanks to all who sat or will sit. Nice to see everyone. Gassho, William

Shingen
10-05-2013, 03:04 AM
Thank you Jundo and everyone ... that was a inspiring talk on Kannon and the Global Day of Service. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Gassho
Shingen

Heishu
10-05-2013, 03:08 AM
Great talk Jundo and thank you for enduring poor health to teach and serve us, much Metta to you.

Gassho,
Heishu

Sekishi
10-05-2013, 03:09 AM
I tried to sit this one "live", but my Internet connection got worse and worse and I gave up on the last few minutes. Sorry for popping in and out (I don't know if that made noises or not).

Thank you all for your practice.

Gassho x3,
Eric

odiedoodie
10-05-2013, 03:21 AM
I was there.
I don't feel so bad now because I missed Oktoberfest!
Gassho!
Jon T

Jundo
10-05-2013, 04:07 AM
I tried to sit this one "live", but my Internet connection got worse and worse and I gave up on the last few minutes. Sorry for popping in and out (I don't know if that made noises or not).

Thank you all for your practice.

Gassho x3,
Eric

Not too bad Eric, no more than a cough in the room disturbs. Don't worry about it so much, because we all sit with the sneezes and shuffles in the room as "just what is".

In fact, the sometime "ping" reminds me of Thich Nhat Hanh's wonderful little Practice during his talks of ringing a little bell every few minutes just to remind folks to come back to the moment. gassho2

Here is the podcast I mentioned after our Metta Chant on the father who forgave his daughter's killer. Very painful to hear at some points in the story ... (it starts from the 44:00 mark here) ...

http://www.wnyc.org/radio/#/ondemand/317421

Gassho, J

Ishin
10-05-2013, 04:07 AM
Sit with you all Sunday. Thank you for everyone's practice.
Gassho
C

Shingen
10-05-2013, 04:23 AM
Thank you Jundo for the podcast ... I will listen to it in the morning. :)

Gassho
Shingen

Sekishi
10-05-2013, 05:40 AM
Not too bad Eric, no more than a cough in the room disturbs. Don't worry about it so much, because we all sit with the sneezes and shuffles in the room as "just what is".

In fact, the sometime "ping" reminds me of Thich Nhat Hanh's wonderful little Practice during his talks of ringing a little bell every few minutes just to remind folks to come back to the moment. gassho2

Here is the podcast I mentioned after our Metta Chant on the father who forgave his daughter's killer. Very painful to hear at some points in the story ... (it starts from the 44:00 mark here) ...

http://www.wnyc.org/radio/#/ondemand/317421

Gassho, J

Thank you Jundo. I like the thought of being Thay's bell instead of just a nuisance ("not two" I guess).

I just finished that Radiolab this past week. A difficult and instructive episode.

Deep gassho,
Eric

Myosha
10-05-2013, 07:00 AM
Thank you one and all.

Forgiving him is forgiving you is forgiving me is forgiving.


Gassho,
Edward

Taikyo
10-05-2013, 08:12 AM
Thank you Jundo for zazenkai and for conducting to so smoothly despite your cold I hope it gets better soon ( if you had worn your speedos you would have ended up with pneumonia;)gassho2. Thanks also to Dosho & all for the great questions and great answers. Thanks to all who sat & will sit.


Gassho


David

Kyonin
10-05-2013, 10:33 AM
Thank you all who sat and will sit.

Jundo, the talk was really meaningful. Thank you. Hope that cold goes away soon.

I'll listen to the podcast tomorrow while taking a walk.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Gassho,

Kyonin

Myozan Kodo
10-05-2013, 02:32 PM
Wonderful and inspiring.
Thank you.
Myozan

Risho
10-05-2013, 04:51 PM
Gassho,

Risho

Ed
10-05-2013, 05:18 PM
Wisdom is empty without compassion.
Great compassion begins at home with ourselves.
Sitting wholeheartedly, not wasting too much time on the cushion, is self-compassion dana.
Then we can be just there for others in compassionate presence, seeing things just as they are.
In gratitude to all here for your practice.

Heisoku
10-06-2013, 10:37 AM
In a compassionate act to my flu-ridden self I retired to my bed after the inspiring talk on Dana and giving. Thank you Jundo and Gassho to all those sitting all or part of this zazenkai. Ugh!

Ishin
10-06-2013, 12:20 PM
Danka All for that wonderful Zazenkai. Thank you Jundo, Dosho, all who sat and will sit. Thank you Jundo's cat, Shingen's dog, and my cat who also joined us.

[gassholook]

Jundo
10-06-2013, 01:23 PM
In a compassionate act to my flu-ridden self I retired to my bed after the inspiring talk on Dana and giving. Thank you Jundo and Gassho to all those sitting all or part of this zazenkai. Ugh!

Be well, Heisoku.

Shingen
10-06-2013, 02:13 PM
Danka All for that wonderful Zazenkai. Thank you Jundo, Dosho, all who sat and will sit. Thank you Jundo's cat, Shingen's dog, and my cat who also joined us.

[gassholook]

Thanks Clark ... Bodhi seems to be getting very smart and he is starting to time these Zazenkais ... knows when to get up for scratches. :)

Gassho
Shingen

Biko
10-06-2013, 06:49 PM
Thank you Jundo, That "pinko commie" comment made me laugh really hard!

Gassho, Jeffrey

Daitetsu
10-07-2013, 01:09 AM
What a great Oktoberfest-Zazenkai!
This was not imperfectly perfect, but perfectly perfect up to and including the final "Auf Wiedersehen".
Very good Dharma talk as always, truly inspiring!

Thanks for your practice!

Gassho,

Timo

Kokuu
10-07-2013, 01:07 PM
Great talk, great questions, great sit!

Thank you all.


Gassho
Andy

Daijo
10-07-2013, 01:34 PM
I haven't been able to sit yet. Dads taxi service has been in full swing this weekend. I should be sitting tonight, though I may have to break it into two portions.

Gi Shu-George
10-07-2013, 04:54 PM
Thank you Jundo, thank you all for this practice
Gassho
Gi Shu George.

KellyRok
10-07-2013, 07:57 PM
Hello all,

A wonderful talk on dana! Jundo and Heisoku, I hope you are both feeling better. It was wonderful to sit with you all. Very nice job Dosho!

Gassho,
Kelly/Jinmei

Shokai
10-08-2013, 12:13 PM
Thank you Jundo for your wonderful teaching; Dosho for the chanting, your practice is showing perfection; Shingen, Kyonin and Dosho for the great questions and all else who sat or will sit.
gassho,

Kaishin
10-09-2013, 01:36 AM
Thank you, Jundo and all. I enjoyed the Q&A.

Marcelo de Valnisio
10-09-2013, 11:15 PM
Thank you for this!

Gassho. gassho1

Myoku
10-12-2013, 03:19 PM
Gassho and thank you everyone,
and a special thanks to Dosho for bringing up the question of "giving to the point where it hurts" in relation to our families,
Myoku