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12-22-2014, 05:15 PM
I encourage looking at these threads, topics and posts today ...

Please sit-a-long with Our Special Zazenkai & Talk with Rev. Tonen O'Connor ...

For our Jukai-guys ... looking forward to our Ceremony set for January 11th, midnight Sunday/Monday, Japan time ... What's In The Rakusu Envelope? ...

... and PRECEPTS XI - To Refrain from Being Angry ...

Some reminders on celebrating the Holidays ... All of them! ... at this time of year ... Happy Holidays 2014 ...

... including a visit from Shakya Santa, and tips on celebrating with one's family and friends of many faiths :) ...

When the noisy neighbors move out of one's head ... Nightmare neighbour ...

At this time of year for Peace and Charity ... some suggestions from Raindrop and Tricycle for Compassionate Giving Online ...


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.

Oh, and we do ask folks to note that they have SAT ZAZEN THE PREVIOUS DAY BEFORE POSTING IN THE FORUM (please read about that here):


Gassho, Jundo