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Shugen
09-07-2019, 02:58 AM
Hello all,

Let's begin a new season of Oryoki practice!

We will meet in the Treeleaf Now Meeting Room:https://www.treeleaf.org/now/go.php?l=meeting-room at 8:15am Los Angeles time, Sunday September 8th.

All are welcome and not to worry if it's all brand new to you!


Gassho,

Shugen

Sattoday/LAH

Mp
09-07-2019, 03:03 AM
Thanks Shugen, I will be there live. =)

Gassho
Shingen

Sat/LAH

Washin
09-07-2019, 03:08 AM
Thank you Shugen. I plan to be there.

Gassho
Washin
sattoday

Jakuden
09-07-2019, 12:18 PM
I will be there :-)

Gassho,
Jakuden
SatToday/LAH

Jakuden
09-07-2019, 05:20 PM
I dug around among the various copies of Oryoki chants and procedures and found what I think is the most up-to-date Treeleaf version that we use for our practice circle (thank you to Shingen for putting it together!)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Jc58HP-0llSkNXREZNMktteHM/view

Gassho,
Jakuden
SatToday/LAH

Shugen
09-07-2019, 06:01 PM
I dug around among the various copies of Oryoki chants and procedures and found what I think is the most up-to-date Treeleaf version that we use for our practice circle (thank you to Shingen for putting it together!)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Jc58HP-0llSkNXREZNMktteHM/view

Gassho,
Jakuden
SatToday/LAH

Thank you Jakuden!

Now, the document looks like a lot to try to remember but do not worry! It is perfectly fine to print it out or bring it up on a tablet to refer to. I do.

Also, do not beconcerned about making a "mistake"! The only one that will see it will be you. We are not recording. We may at a later date but not yet. This is Oryoki [U]practice[U]. We will be taking it nice and slow.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to post them on the thread. Your question could also help a sangha mate!

I will end with a story about the first time I did Oryoki at a retreat:
The very first retreat I every went to was at the Toledo Zen Center. I had been with Treeleaf for about a year so was very new and unsure of myself. I did not know anyone at the center and went on my own. During Oryoki at a center, there are servers, so someone brings you food and picks up the "hungry ghost" offering. The offering is place at the end of your setsu (cleaning utensil) and when the server comes by to pick it up, you gently press down on the end of your setsu so it is easier for them to grab. I wasn't the only one nervous apparently. A person about 2 people down the line pressed down so hard on the end of the setsu that it launched a piece of carrot across the room and hit me. I did not see it happen, all I knew was that someone was throwing food! I refrained from retaliating so no food fight in the zendo that day. I ignored it and found out what happened later. We all had a good laugh. It helped break the tension and bring everyone closer together.

Gassho,

Shugen

Sattoday/LAH

Jakuden
09-07-2019, 08:04 PM
Thank you Jakuden!

Now, the document looks like a lot to try to remember but do not worry! It is perfectly fine to print it out or bring it up on a tablet to refer to. I do.

Also, do not beconcerned about making a "mistake"! The only one that will see it will be you. We are not recording. We may at a later date but not yet. This is Oryoki [U]practice[U]. We will be taking it nice and slow.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to post them on the thread. Your question could also help a sangha mate!

I will end with a story about the first time I did Oryoki at a retreat:
The very first retreat I every went to was at the Toledo Zen Center. I had been with Treeleaf for about a year so was very new and unsure of myself. I did not know anyone at the center and went on my own. During Oryoki at a center, there are servers, so someone brings you food and picks up the "hungry ghost" offering. The offering is place at the end of your setsu (cleaning utensil) and when the server comes by to pick it up, you gently press down on the end of your setsu so it is easier for them to grab. I wasn't the only one nervous apparently. A person about 2 people down the line pressed down so hard on the end of the setsu that it launched a piece of carrot across the room and hit me. I did not see it happen, all I knew was that someone was throwing food! I refrained from retaliating so no food fight in the zendo that day. I ignored it and found out what happened later. We all had a good laugh. It helped break the tension and bring everyone closer together.

Gassho,

Shugen

Sattoday/LAH

Omigosh thatís hilarious [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23]

That must be why rice is such a popular choice for the hungry ghost offering... it is sticky so it tends to stay put on oneís Setsu!!

Gassho
Jakuden
SatToday/LAH


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sreed
09-07-2019, 09:11 PM
I can't attend live but are there past recordings? I'd love to practice along later in the day.
Best,
-Sara
ST

Shugen
09-07-2019, 10:13 PM
Here is one with Shingen from last November.

https://youtu.be/CxSKlmxUW8c

Gassho,

Shugen

Sattoday/LAH

Mp
09-08-2019, 03:51 PM
Excellent stuff, thank you Shugen, Jakuden (great chanting0, Washin, and Krissy (welcome). =)

Gassho
Shingen

Sat/LAH

Jakuden
09-08-2019, 04:00 PM
Thank you Krissy, Shingen, Washin and Shugen for allowing me to practice this wonderful tradition with you today gassho2

Gassho,
Jakuden
SatToday/LAH

Washin
09-08-2019, 04:01 PM
Thank you Shugen and everyone. Beautiful chanting Jakuden.
Such lovely practice.

Gassho
Washin
sat/lah

Shugen
09-08-2019, 04:06 PM
Deep Bows,

Shugen

Sattoday

krissydear
09-08-2019, 04:35 PM
That was very lovely. Thank you for allowing me to practice with you. Wonderful chanting, Jakuden.

And thank you Shugen and Shingen for answering my questions!

Meitou
09-09-2019, 07:14 PM
So sorry I couldn't be with you this Sunday, and I can't make next Sunday either, I have a family wedding. Hopefully I'll be able to join the Sunday after.
Gassho
Meitou
satiwthyoualltodaylah

Shugen
09-10-2019, 02:41 AM
So sorry I couldn't be with you this Sunday, and I can't make next Sunday either, I have a family wedding. Hopefully I'll be able to join the Sunday after.
Gassho
Meitou
satiwthyoualltodaylah

I look forward to it!

Gassho,

Shugen

Sattoday/LAH