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Jundo
10-31-2017, 04:10 PM
Dear All, and especially New Members,

Are you feeling a little lost wandering the halls of our Forum? Hard to find things? Wondering about some of our activities and how to participate?

Please feel free to contact one or more of the "Sangha Buddhies" volunteers below and they can help. They are older members who are all nice folks, and would like to show you around, help you find things around here, answer basic questions. Always nice to make a new friend or two.

Just drop them a PM any time (links provided):

I am going to ask each of our volunteers to write a few sentences about themself, which I will post.

Yokai (Hawke's Bay, New Zealand)
https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/member.php?19117-Yokai

Hi! I'm Yokai (Chris), a UK/Kiwi, who moved to New Zealand in 2007 with my wife Debs. We have three kids. A Zen and Treeleaf Sangha 'baby', these wonderful Buddies really helped me settle in. So here I am to help too! You'll find me daily in the sitting rooms, the forum, and on the free Insight Timer app (Treeleaf Group). So just shout if you need anything. Time zones should be fine - I can catch most people each day!

Ishin (Georgia, USA)
https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/member.php?14140-Ishin

I'm a father of three and a medical professional living in rural Georgia. Treeleaf provides me with the opportunity to practice and study Zen with like minded individuals in a way that wouldn't be available to me otherwise. Our vast halls can be a bit daunting at first, so don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help.

Myoho (Holland)
https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/member.php?13975-MyoHo

Hi, I am Peter (MyoHo). 43 years old, married and we have 3 wonderful kids. We live in Holland, I am Dutch speaking. Once a soldier then an airline pilot but now stay at home dad/Tenzo running a busy household which is also mainly my daily practice. I like to keep things simple. Sewing, studying the Kesa and the silence between the notes, that make the music of our lives.

Troy (Missouri, USA)
https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/member.php?14208-Troy

Hi my name is Troy. I have been sitting Zazen off and on for about four years now. I learned to sit Soto style from Jundo and others here at Treeleaf. Prior to that I practiced mostly on my own with visits to the local temple every now and then. I am glad to be here practicing with a supportive and caring community.

KellyRok (Pennsylvania, USA)
https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/member.php?12152-KellyRok

I have been practicing Zen since 2007; but officially joined Treeleaf in 2008. I have held many jobs; but the most important one has been as a stay at home mom to two amazing boys (14 and 16). I enjoy music, reading, and hiking. Treeleaf has always been “here” for me even though my family has moved to 6 different places in the U.S. since my kids were born.

Meitou (Sardinia, Italy)
https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/member.php?15859-Meitou

My name is Meitou, I've been practicing Buddhism for eight years and a member of Treeleaf since February 2017. Originally from Britain, I live on the island of Sardinia with my husband and four cats, speak English and Italian, love to read and paint and would be happy to help you find your away around this wonderful community.

Zenmei (Arkansas, USA)
https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/member.php?15602-Zenmei

I’m a father of 3 living in Arkansas, USA. I’m interested in addiction recovery and how we can apply Buddhist principles to alleviate that suffering. I’m oddly drawn to sewing the Buddha’s robe. I’m more than happy to help out with navigating around Treeleaf, or just talking about practice or life in general (not that there’s a difference).

Gassho to All, J

SatTodayLAH

MMorr
01-03-2019, 10:04 PM
Thank you for directing me to this page. I have learned that I can bookmark a page like this and see it again. Ah, the beginning of a pattern! That is good! I have learned what ST and satoday means and that you would ask that we do that before posting. I do not yet know what lah means at the end of many posts. Each day is an adventure. I am setting up my little corner for sitting. It is best for me to do it the same place each day when possible. Not because the teachings require it, but because that is how my particular brain works. My practice for the last two days has been hours of samu in the pottery studio making bowls for a charity event. Gassho to the helpers listed above, and to all, Marian

Shokai
01-04-2019, 02:03 AM
Marian;
See the initial post in this threa (https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?15315-May-19th-20th-Treeleaf-Weekly-Zazenkai-Dedicated-to-LEND-A-HAND-%28-LAH-%29&highlight=Lend+Hand)d for the meaning of LAH (Lend a Hand)

gassho, Shokai
stlah

Byokan
01-04-2019, 08:34 AM
Yes, here you go, Marian :)

https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?15314-A-TREELEAF-EXPERIMENT-with-EVERYONE%C2%92S-PARTICIPATION-REQUESTED-%C2%93LAH%C2%94-%28Lend-A-Hand%29&p=199351&viewfull=1#post199351

Gassho
Byōkan
sat + lah

Tai Shi
07-11-2019, 12:55 PM
Hi old friends and new. Although I'm "old" member in more ways than one, because I was raised with adding machines, drafting boards, typewriters, slide rules, and TV, we seemed to have survived in 1974 when I graduated from college. However, about 1980, computers began to hit the campuses, and by 1993 when I earned my last degree, computers had become the norm at universities. Part of the reason I failed to "be renewed" in my last teaching stint was my inability with computers, the other being my insistence on a personal approach to teaching with a strong disbelief against "grading." In the two most important teaching jobs I had in South Dakota I blanket graded classes with A and B grades passing everyone who came to class and "did" the work. However, I myself never really mastered the computer. My wife and I bought one about the time my little one was born, and though they became complete masters of the things, I have always treated them as glorified typing machines. Please, calm poetry needs help to navigate and to understand the simplest ideas in computers. For example, I rely highly on the written "word" because that was how I was trained. I'm a trained writer not a computer "kid." I need help. Thank you.
Tai Shi
sat
Gassho

Tai Shi
07-23-2019, 12:00 PM
I will say this, that I doubted my own computer ability, but with the aid of HP software I changed the bios in my computer with no difficulty and remembered an old password which was long out of reach. I am not so computer illiterate and just sometimes get lost in the maze of topics and threads on our Forum, and do wonder about those in need of Zen and our compassion who do not have skills. So be it, Treeleaf is truly a training camp for as Jundo would say, "All of life is a Temple." He is my teacher and I have learned from my wonderful wife and compassionate caregiver not to judge doctors who do good and make promises because they only hope the best for their patients. All doctors have pledged their lives with specialized training and sometimes outstanding additional degrees and outside work with those unable to pay. They all give long hours and great sacrifice to home and family so that others may live, and as Marjorie says, "I could not do it."

Tai Shi
sat
Gassho

Shokai
07-23-2019, 02:36 PM
Taishi;

It's good to see that you now have a more balanced perception of the Sangha concept that your meds are sorted out. One small Correction if I may, "All of Life is Our Temple."

My sincerest best wishes to you and family'

gassho, Shokai
stlah

Yogi_Steven
10-15-2019, 02:05 PM
Hello All,

I'm new here. Just a quick question. I sat last evening and on the calendar there was a link that says, "Treeleaf NOW 2.0" then a link that connected to Zoom. For this mornings sit, I clicked the sitting room link and it took me to Google Hangouts but no one was there. I then clicked the link that I used last evening and was able to sit with someone. Are the scheduled sits occurring via Zoom only or are they occurring via Google Hangouts, too?

Gassho

Kokuu
10-15-2019, 02:24 PM
Hi Steven

Google Hangouts is no more so all sits are occurring via Zoom now. We are, however, still in the process of making sure that all links point to Zoom rather than Hangouts.

I will message Sekishi (our cyberpriest!) to let him know.

Gassho
Kokuu
-sattoday/lah-

Yogi_Steven
10-15-2019, 02:36 PM
Hi Steven

Google Hangouts is no more so all sits are occurring via Zoom now. We are, however, still in the process of making sure that all links point to Zoom rather than Hangouts.

I will message Sekishi (our cyberpriest!) to let him know.

Gassho
Kokuu
-sattoday/lah-

Wonderful, thank you, Kokuu! _/|\_

Sekishi
10-15-2019, 04:51 PM
Wonderful, thank you, Kokuu! _/|\_

Hi Steven,

As we transition from Google Hangouts to Zoom, we are unfortunately still using both. I wish this were not so (because it is super confusing), but for at least the next week or two, it is the situation we are stuck with.

Here is my best understanding of where things stand today.

The short version: except for the Zazenkai and a few sittings and meetings, most get-togethers are still on Hangouts in Treeleaf NOW: https://www.treeleaf.org/now/

The longer version:

- The Friday Zazenkai uses Zoom. A link and meeting ID will always be posted in the Zazenkai thread.
- Most scheduled daily sittings still use the Hangouts-based "Scheduled Sitting Room" in Treeleaf NOW: https://www.treeleaf.org/now/
- Some scheduled daily sittings (Onkai's and mine) are testing the Zoom-based "Scheduled Sitting Room" in the Treeleaf NOW 2.0 testing area: https://www.treeleaf.org/now2/
- Most of the Ango meetings are using the Hangouts-based "Meeting Room" in Treeleaf NOW: https://www.treeleaf.org/now/
- My Ango meeting (Thurdays) is testing the Zoom-based "Scheduled Sitting Room" in the Treeleaf NOW 2.0 testing area: https://www.treeleaf.org/now2/

It is my hope that we will be able to complete the migration to Zoom in the next week, at which point there will be an announcement about it and the old Treeleaf NOW will go away along with any use of Hangouts.

I hope that makes sense.

Gassho,
Sekishi
#sat

Ishin
10-15-2019, 05:11 PM
[gassholook]

I think Zoom is way easier. That's just my experience.

Gassho
Sat/lah

Yogi_Steven
10-15-2019, 09:15 PM
Hi Steven,

As we transition from Google Hangouts to Zoom, we are unfortunately still using both. I wish this were not so (because it is super confusing), but for at least the next week or two, it is the situation we are stuck with.

Here is my best understanding of where things stand today.

The short version: except for the Zazenkai and a few sittings and meetings, most get-togethers are still on Hangouts in Treeleaf NOW: https://www.treeleaf.org/now/

The longer version:

- The Friday Zazenkai uses Zoom. A link and meeting ID will always be posted in the Zazenkai thread.
- Most scheduled daily sittings still use the Hangouts-based "Scheduled Sitting Room" in Treeleaf NOW: https://www.treeleaf.org/now/
- Some scheduled daily sittings (Onkai's and mine) are testing the Zoom-based "Scheduled Sitting Room" in the Treeleaf NOW 2.0 testing area: https://www.treeleaf.org/now2/
- Most of the Ango meetings are using the Hangouts-based "Meeting Room" in Treeleaf NOW: https://www.treeleaf.org/now/
- My Ango meeting (Thurdays) is testing the Zoom-based "Scheduled Sitting Room" in the Treeleaf NOW 2.0 testing area: https://www.treeleaf.org/now2/

It is my hope that we will be able to complete the migration to Zoom in the next week, at which point there will be an announcement about it and the old Treeleaf NOW will go away along with any use of Hangouts.

I hope that makes sense.

Gassho,
Sekishi
#sat

This makes sense, Sekishi. Thank you for the clarification.

Gassho

Seishin
10-15-2019, 10:54 PM
Hi Steven,

As we transition from Google Hangouts to Zoom, we are unfortunately still using both. I wish this were not so (because it is super confusing), but for at least the next week or two, it is the situation we are stuck with.

Here is my best understanding of where things stand today.

The short version: except for the Zazenkai and a few sittings and meetings, most get-togethers are still on Hangouts in Treeleaf NOW: https://www.treeleaf.org/now/

The longer version:

- The Friday Zazenkai uses Zoom. A link and meeting ID will always be posted in the Zazenkai thread.
- Most scheduled daily sittings still use the Hangouts-based "Scheduled Sitting Room" in Treeleaf NOW: https://www.treeleaf.org/now/
- Some scheduled daily sittings (Onkai's and mine) are testing the Zoom-based "Scheduled Sitting Room" in the Treeleaf NOW 2.0 testing area: https://www.treeleaf.org/now2/
- Most of the Ango meetings are using the Hangouts-based "Meeting Room" in Treeleaf NOW: https://www.treeleaf.org/now/
- My Ango meeting (Thurdays) is testing the Zoom-based "Scheduled Sitting Room" in the Treeleaf NOW 2.0 testing area: https://www.treeleaf.org/now2/

It is my hope that we will be able to complete the migration to Zoom in the next week, at which point there will be an announcement about it and the old Treeleaf NOW will go away along with any use of Hangouts.

I hope that makes sense.

Gassho,
Sekishi
#sat

I would also add that anyone wanting sit with the morning unscheduled but almost scheduled Euro Crew Sit in the FSR, we've been beta testing Zoom via the now2 link for a while now, should anyone wish to join us. Although we start at irregular intervals there is normally someone sitting between 0730 and 0830 Central European Time. Usual crew would be me, Kotei, Ryudo, Richard and Neal please feel free to join us. Issac from South Korea has joined us in the past. Issac if you wondered where we've gone PM me and I'll send the NOW2 FSR Zoom link.

Sat

Tai Shi
02-25-2020, 11:09 AM
Shokai, I stand corrected and with great pleasure and compassion to all who seek Buddha is our Refuge, Dharma is our Refuge, Sangha is our Refuge, "All Of Life Is 'Our' Temple." This has been the case since I opened my hands to thought, since I sat quietly counting breathe, since sat with empty thought, since just sitting, Shikantaza. I have found my posts full of myself, and I am quite concerned about my puffed up "know it all" attitude. I concern myself with what I think I know. I am sincerely concerned about my annoying attitude when the solution for me plainly to sit Shikantaza-- even use of Japanese words is conceited. I will write in threads where I know a little, Poetry, and I invite anyone who will to come to Poetry-- try your writing hand because so many great poets never, never set a foot in formal study or studied entirely different subjects or were homeschooled-- one of the first American poets-- Anne Bradstreet wrote verses anthologized in almost every American Literature anthology. As a woman in precolonial America-- she remains one of the voices that began North American tradition. As a woman little was recognized until the 1980s.
Taishi
sat/lah
Gassho

StoBird
05-21-2020, 03:11 AM
I’m not sure if here is the right thread to ask this question. Is there a thread for personal ideas, examples and stories of “lend a hand” (LAH)? It seems this would be a great way for people like me (because I’m relatively newish to Treeleaf) to get ideas and it would also be a great way to pat each other on the back and keep LAH vital. The only trick would be to keep it from people trying to one up each other though I don’t think many here would (and would that be such a bad thing if it were kept friendly?)

Thanks,
Tom

LAH Sat


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Jundo
05-21-2020, 03:30 AM
I’m not sure if here is the right thread to ask this question. Is there a thread for personal ideas, examples and stories of “lend a hand” (LAH)? It seems this would be a great way for people like me (because I’m relatively newish to Treeleaf) to get ideas and it would also be a great way to pat each other on the back and keep LAH vital. The only trick would be to keep it from people trying to one up each other though I don’t think many here would (and would that be such a bad thing if it were kept friendly?)

Thanks,
Tom

LAH Sat


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Hi Again, Tom,

Yes, there is ... although it has been quiet for awhile, and people are just Lending a Hand on their own. However, the point of the thread is not to brag or take credit, but merely to inspire others with examples, just as you say ...

https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?15139-Stories-of-Compassion-and-Kindness-GOJO-BODHISATTVA

More on "Lend A Hand" here ...

https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?15314-A-TREELEAF-EXPERIMENT-with-EVERYONE%C2%92S-PARTICIPATION-REQUESTED-%C2%93LAH%C2%94-%28Lend-A-Hand%29

Gassho, Jundo

SatTodayLentAHand

serenewolf
07-24-2020, 06:05 PM
Is there a place where all zoom channels are posted? I have seen several like the european tea house, cafe zen, etc mentioned but have no idea where or how to find them.

Shoka
07-24-2020, 06:43 PM
Is there a place where all zoom channels are posted? I have seen several like the european tea house, cafe zen, etc mentioned but have no idea where or how to find them.

David,

Links to the rooms for each event are listed on the calendar events, look for the "Calendar" link under the main header.

Also you can bookmark https://www.treeleaf.org/now/ which has the calendar and dropdown links to all the rooms.

Gassho,

Shoka
sat

Seiko
08-28-2020, 04:59 PM
Hello. I am very pleased to join you at TreeLeaf. I would welcome a friend to guide me in this online world? I am living with a sight impairment, but still living, none-the-less! In Gassho, Al (UK)... ST

Tai Shi
08-29-2020, 07:15 AM
For all “channels” in the upper right corner of the pages of “threads” as you say channels, there is a rectangle into which you might type the specific topic of your choice. For example you might type poetry and all threads with poetry will appear. You might types compassion and all threads with Compassion will be listed or Haiku will be listed, and so on. Remember the point of the Forum is direction toward sitting practice. I have been with the Zendo almost 6 years and these are two things I only recently discovered. Thank you for your practice. This tool exists in computer format only.
Gassho
sat
Tai Shi


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Jundo
08-29-2020, 09:55 AM
Hello. I am very pleased to join you at TreeLeaf. I would welcome a friend to guide me in this online world? I am living with a sight impairment, but still living, none-the-less! In Gassho, Al (UK)... ST

Hi Allister,

We'll be in touch shortly, and have somebody to help. Welcome again.

Gassho, Jundo

STLah

Shinshi
08-29-2020, 01:09 PM
Hello. I am very pleased to join you at TreeLeaf. I would welcome a friend to guide me in this online world? I am living with a sight impairment, but still living, none-the-less! In Gassho, Al (UK)... ST

Hi Allister,

The buddy system here is sort of self service. :) At the top of the thread is a list of all the folks who have volunteered to be a buddy, a little description that they wrote, and a link to their Treeleaf page.

For example here is the one for Meitou

Meitou (Sardinia, Italy)
https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/member.php?15859-Meitou

My name is Meitou, I've been practicing Buddhism for eight years and a member of Treeleaf since February 2017. Originally from Britain, I live on the island of Sardinia with my husband and four cats, speak English and Italian, love to read and paint and would be happy to help you find your away around this wonderful community.

So, if you select her you would click on the link and that would take you to here page here at Treeleaf.

On that page, underneath her picture, there is a link to "Send Private Message". Click that and you can write her asking if she is available. Usually folks are available but if not just try your next choice. :)

Let me know if that isn't clear or you need more help.

Gassho, Shinshi

SaT-LaH