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Washin
06-06-2019, 07:26 AM
Hello Treeleafers,

It is noticed that our Tonglen Practice Circle is currently having almost a zero attendance.
Besides the reasons like spring-summer time slack due to members possibly would like to
be more active outdoors instead of sitting inside on weekends, we suppose this might also be
the inconvenience of the day and time set for the event.
We would like everyone interested in this Practice to comment on this thread which of the day
and time would be more suitable for them so that we could work out a better option for all.
Would, say, Saturday work better than Sunday?

The picture of today is:

Every last Sunday of the month and times are as follows:

UK (BST) - 8pm
Western Europe - 9pm
Eastern Europe - 10pm
EDT - 3pm
CDT - 2pm
MDT - 1pm
PDT - 12pm
AKDT - 11am
Tokyo - 5am (Monday)

Thank you for your practice.

Gassho,
Washin on behalf of Kokuu
sat today

Meitou
06-06-2019, 01:58 PM
Washin I am fine with evening any time, but Sunday is always tricky for me, so if I had a choice, any evening except Sunday. (I think we're in the same time zone)
Gassho
Meitou
Satwithyoualltoday lah

Washin
06-09-2019, 02:36 PM
Washin I am fine with evening any time, but Sunday is always tricky for me, so if I had a choice, any evening except Sunday. (I think we're in the same time zone)
Gassho
Meitou
Satwithyoualltoday lah

Thank you for the reply, Meitou. Most possibly we will be moving the event to be held on Saturdays
at around 5-6pm EET. You are always welcome to join gassho1

Gassho,
Washin
ST

mateus.baldin
06-09-2019, 03:45 PM
Hi Washin,
I have interest in tonglen, but donít know how to practice it and weekends are a little difficult to me (wife and pets reserved days), but Iím working on it. If if moves to Saturday, Iíll try to participate but canít promise.
I also have some questions regarding tonglen:
Do tonglen require a specific sitting position? What mudra should I use? Do a have to sit zazen before or after tonglen, or are they independent from one another?
Thank you very much!
Gassho,
Mateus
Sat/LAH

Washin
06-09-2019, 04:49 PM
Hi Washin,
I have interest in tonglen, but don’t know how to practice it and weekends are a little difficult to me (wife and pets reserved days), but I’m working on it. If if moves to Saturday, I’ll try to participate but can’t promise.
I also have some questions regarding tonglen:
Do tonglen require a specific sitting position? What mudra should I use? Do a have to sit zazen before or after tonglen, or are they independent from one another?
Thank you very much!
Gassho,
Mateus
Sat/LAH

Hi Mateus,

Tonglen is a simple practice. It does not require a specific position. We sit in a regular Zazen posture holding our cosmic mudra. Normally we do not practice Tonglen during Zazen as we sit shikantaza, however, in our sessions particularly, we do Zazen for the first 10 minutes and then we continue with practicing Tonglen for the rest of time (20 minutes).

In the below thread you may find the detailed instructions on how to tonglen written by Kokuu some time ago: https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?15440-Welcome-to-the-Tonglen-Practice-Circle-Instructions

You are welcome to participate at any time you are up to!

Gassho
Washin
sat-lah

mateus.baldin
06-09-2019, 07:15 PM
Thank you, Washin.
Iíll try to participate with you all.
Gassho,
Mateus
Sat/LAH

Dan
06-10-2019, 10:01 PM
Hello Washin,
I would like to participate if the schedule changes Saturday would be much better than Sunday.

Kind regards,

Dan
Satlah

Washin
06-17-2019, 08:34 AM
Hi everyone,

Thank you for the above comments. The next event will be on Saturday, June 29th and
the new times are:

UK (BST) - 3pm
Western Europe - 4pm
Eastern Europe - 5pm
EDT - 10am
CDT - 9am
MDT - 8am
PDT - 7am
AKDT - 6am
Tokyo - 11pm

Everyone is welcome!

Gassho,
Washin
st/lah

Meitou
06-17-2019, 07:27 PM
Hi everyone,

Thank you for the above comments. The next event will be on Saturday, June 29th and
the new times are:

UK (BST) - 3pm
Western Europe - 4pm
Eastern Europe - 5pm
EDT - 10am
CDT - 9am
MDT - 8am
PDT - 7am
AKDT - 6am
Tokyo - 11pm

Everyone is welcome!

Gassho,
Washin
st/lah

Thank you Washin, that may be a better day for me in the future - however on the 29th I shall be at my niece's wedding in the UK, so next time!
Gassho
Meitou
sattodaylah

Onka
06-17-2019, 08:40 PM
Hi Washin
I will try to join you. It will be 6am on Monday for me in Queensland, Australia.
Gassho, Anna

mateus.baldin
06-29-2019, 03:17 PM
Hi everyone,

Thank you for the above comments. The next event will be on Saturday, June 29th and
the new times are:

UK (BST) - 3pm
Western Europe - 4pm
Eastern Europe - 5pm
EDT - 10am
CDT - 9am
MDT - 8am
PDT - 7am
AKDT - 6am
Tokyo - 11pm

Everyone is welcome!

Gassho,
Washin
st/lah

Hi Washin.
I joined today, but. It sure if it really were the Tonglen Practice Circle or a zazen scheduled sitting. I get a little lost in the conversion from the timezones above to BRL, as I donít know if there is a daylight saving that I must account for. I sat at 11am BRL, converting from Tokyo 11pm, as I know my time zone is the opposite of that, but if there is a daylight saving in Japan, My conversion was wrong.
Hope I was at the right sitting. Sat Tonglen anyway.
Gassho,
Mateus
Sat today

Meian
06-29-2019, 11:48 PM
I practice Tonglen on my own fairly often, but I somehow usually miss the Tonglen threads and announcements. I'll look into that problem, but with my family and frequently changing work schedules, it has been difficult for me to attend scheduled practice times. I'm in EDT but I work internationally, so I tend to "time-zone hop" frequently and weekends aren't any easier.

When I have a moment I will look to see if you do videos that I can "sit Tonglen" with you at another time, even if I can't be there with you live.

gassho
kim
st lh

Washin
07-18-2019, 08:46 AM
Hi Washin.
I joined today, but. It sure if it really were the Tonglen Practice Circle or a zazen scheduled sitting. I get a little lost in the conversion from the timezones above to BRL, as I don’t know if there is a daylight saving that I must account for. I sat at 11am BRL, converting from Tokyo 11pm, as I know my time zone is the opposite of that, but if there is a daylight saving in Japan, My conversion was wrong.
Hope I was at the right sitting. Sat Tonglen anyway.
Gassho,
Mateus
Sat today

Hi Mateus,

The Tonglen circle of 29th June didn't in fact happen as I had to be off that time.
Sorry for not notifying all concerned timely and thank you for sitting Tonglen anyway.

Gassho
Washin
sat today

Washin
07-18-2019, 08:53 AM
I practice Tonglen on my own fairly often, but I somehow usually miss the Tonglen threads and announcements. I'll look into that problem, but with my family and frequently changing work schedules, it has been difficult for me to attend scheduled practice times. I'm in EDT but I work internationally, so I tend to "time-zone hop" frequently and weekends aren't any easier.

When I have a moment I will look to see if you do videos that I can "sit Tonglen" with you at another time, even if I can't be there with you live.

gassho
kim
st lh

Hi Kim,

Thank you for the comment. Currently we do not record each session though
we plan to start doing it in the future.
Meanwhile you're most welcome to join in when you can.

Gassho
Washin
ST

Washin
07-18-2019, 08:56 AM
Dear all,

The next event will be on Saturday, July 27th and the times are:

UK (BST) - 3pm
Western Europe - 4pm
Eastern Europe - 5pm
EDT - 10am
CDT - 9am
MDT - 8am
PDT - 7am
AKDT - 6am
Tokyo - 11pm

Further announcement to follow.

Everyone is welcome!

Gassho,
Washin
st/lah

mateus.baldin
07-19-2019, 10:27 AM
Hi Washin,
Thank you for all. Unfortunately this month I will not have time to sit tonglen with you all. I will mark next month in my calendar.
Gassho,
Mateus
Sat today