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01-03-2014, 04:15 AM
I encourage looking at these threads, topics and posts today ...

New Years Greetings from our many Sangha members ...


For our Jukai-ees ... What's In The Rakusu Envelope ...

Lovely words from Taigu ... the merry-go-round ...

Two good threads on "monkey-mind" and "monkey-non-monkey mind" and why one need not "monkey with the monkey" ...


Hilarious but sadly so true ... MUST READING - The Foolproof Guide To Becoming A Guru ...

... other recommended reading for new folks, on the many flavors of Buddhism and Zen Buddhism ... Karate vs. Aikido? ...

Please sit this week with OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! WELCOMING THE NEW YEAR! ...

Seeing the universe in a grain of sand, a grain of sand as the universe and a grain in a grain ... and why that won't buy chalk for a school blackboard ... Thoughts on Wholeness ...

Some Recent Research on "Open Awareness" and Physical Pain ...


In a Zen Monastery, SILENCE or A FEW WISE WORDS are cherished over MANY WORDS. Thus, I advise folks to restrain the need to speak unless the heart truly calls. If you find yourself posting many times each day, maybe consider what truly needs to be said ... and when it is best just to answer with silence and an inner Gassho.

SILENCE OR A FEW HESITANT WORDS OF FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT OFTEN SPEAK MOST PROFOUNDLY. Post when it is truly important to you and needs to be spoken from the warm heart.

(too much silence or shyness can also be excessive ... so take the Middle Way!)

Also, to those who may get lost among the many threads and conversations in our Forum, please think of a monastery made of wood or brick, with 100 monks holding 10,000 conversations in the hallways, kitchen, Abbot's rooms and library (I assume no chatting in the Zendo where people sit Zazen).

Would you need or want to hear or join in all or most conversations? Of course not! You would, at best, pick and choose the conversations relevant and helpful to you.

So here too in our Sangha, NO NEED TO READ EVERY CONVERSATION: Try to note the ones that seem helpful to your Practice or interests, leave the rest. The above threads are a few suggestions.

Gassho, Jundo