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11-30-2014, 04:19 PM
I encourage looking at these threads, topics and posts today ...

To all our Jukai folks ... ALERT: Time for Rakusu Mailing Addresses! .... please email to Jundo as I describe there ...

Also, continuing Precepts reflections ... PRECEPTS IX - To Refrain from Self-Praise Judging Others ...

Don't forget, next week ... Our "AT HOME" 2-DAY ROHATSU RETREAT - December 5th to 7th! BE READY! ...

Two views on form ... On the one hand, it is fine to sincerely follow one's heart, finding the form for you ... Proper way of offering incense ...

... On the other one hand, some Zen related arts should not be taken half way ... How to Brush an Ensō ...

Perennial advice ... A vital reminder on zazen ...


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