View Full Version : April 8th recommended threads

04-09-2014, 03:41 AM
I encourage looking at these threads, topics and posts today ...

Our next Treeleaf Global Service Days: April 12-26 2014 is upon us ... time to help (although every day is time to help) ...

Today is Buddha's Birthday! Or one of them! ... SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: The Stories of the Buddha's Birth ...

Small language change to our Ethics Statement as we will be accepting voluntary (but never requiring or soliciting) donations ... Comments welcome ...

For our Koanheads ... BOOK OF EQUANIMITY - Case 37 ...

Is Shikantaza too “advanced”? ... neither "too advanced" nor "too behind", and always just where it is ... but never "complacent!" ...

In fact, Shikantaza is a dandy medicine for Dukkha ... The first noble truth and dukkha ...

A thread on McMindfulness, tolerance of others, our own failings, and the real meaning of "in the moment" ...

We have to be cautious about promising folks peace ... because all we offer is Peace ... but maybe okay as "expedient means" ... article about just sitting ...

... and, from all of us, our Sitting this week is dedicated to Lillian, wife of Shokai, and their family ... With Deep Sadness ...


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