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03-16-2015, 05:02 PM
Note: We will likely have a special Zazenkai netcast this Sunday, March 22nd with Rev. Ben Connelly, author of INSIDE THE GRASS HUT: LIVING SHITOU'S CLASSIC ZEN POEM ... watch for details in the coming days!

I encourage looking at these threads, topics and posts today ...

Reflections continue on the first two sections of INSIDE THE GRASS HUT ...

Please sit with our 90 minutes March 13th-14th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai ...

... and our MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! for March ... including a little Talk on Shitou's Poem ...

Some reflections on how the mind makes the world as the world makes the mind ... Biocentrism ¿Zen? ¿Buddhist? ...

Lovely reflections on Giving given by Risho ... The art of giving - Dana Paramita ...


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


03-18-2015, 03:10 AM
Dear All,

I have posted information on our special Zazenkai netcast this Sunday, March 22nd with Rev. Ben Connelly, author of INSIDE THE GRASS HUT: LIVING SHITOU'S CLASSIC ZEN POEM ... please sit with us ...


Gassho, Jundo