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11-28-2015, 05:09 PM
NOTE - Most of Treeleaf Forum will be CLOSED the Weekend of December 5th & 6th so that all attention is on Rohatsu Retreat.

Final preparations for ... Our "AT HOME" 2-DAY ROHATSU RETREAT - December 4th to 6th! BE READY! ...

And this week ... please sit our November 27th-28th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai ...

For our Preceptees, who are all great ... PRECEPTS IX - To Refrain from Self-Praise Judging Others ...

And for our Angoers ... Letting Go ... Ango Practice Partner Exercise #6 ...

From Sekishi ... being grateful for ALL OF IT ... The Great Disaster (Thanksgiving in the U.S.) ...

A wise reminder from Daizan ... Skillful means, not ideology ...

A little more reflection on ... How do you to get over the fear of death? ... (first, get over the idea of death! :encouragement: )

Lay folks are getting it done ... The layman. The monk. No one. ...

It happens to all of us ... Inertia and the Zafu ... (including my recommendation of a 10 or 15 minute sit if sat beyond time!) ...

I am so glad if this place and the practice are benefiting you. If so, you might consider a DONATION to Treeleaf at this LINK (http://www.treeleaf.org/donations-to-treeleaf-sangha/), although there is absolutely no need or requirement to do so. Thank you.


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