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Jundo
05-30-2011, 04:35 AM
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http://www.terebess.hu/zen/sato/07.jpg Hi,

This will be the last Sit-A-Long by me for a couple of weeks, as I am heading into retreat at Shogoji Zen Monastery in the mountains of Kumamoto, Japan ... no phones, no computers and barely any electricity ...

http://www.shogoji.com/ (http://http://www.shogoji.com/)

.. but lots and lots of Zazen, Bowing, Zazen, Chanting, Oryoki, Takuhatsu, more Zazen, Samu, more Zazen and all the rest. Shogoji is famous for holding a very traditional Soto Zen Sesshin with the intent of keeping many of the "old ways" and rituals alive, and passing them on to the next generation, particularly western Zen priests.

I will be completely out of touch with Treeleaf for a couple of weeks I think. Mongen, our priest-in-training, is joining me for the retreat, flying all the way from Germany. The retreat is part of a longer, 90 day Ango period, but Mongen and I can only stay for a short part. (I almost did not make it at all due to the earthquakes, nuclear reactors, a typhoon storm last night that did more damage to some of our buildings, wife & child & job, and some health concerns ... and any of that may yet pull me off the mountain a bit early).

But this place keeps going as always, in the lovely hands of Taigu as it always is, assisted by Fugen and Shohei. Taigu will continue the "sit-a-longs", and we also have our monthly 4-hour 'netcast' Zazenkai this weekend, as always, led by Taigu. The Forum will keep jumpin' too!

As well, all of you will be with Mongen and me, in our hearts, as we sit at Shogoji.

Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows at this link. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV2PeC7NSIM
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Tb
05-30-2011, 04:51 AM
Hi.

My son said, as we watched the video, "Where is Jundo, Thats not Jundo, pappaaa where is Jundooo?!!!"

Thank you for that moment.

Mtfbwy
Fugen

Taigu
05-30-2011, 06:24 AM
I really like your new look...
Take it easy, brother. We will do our best to keep Treeleaf going.

gassho


Taigu

Shokai
05-30-2011, 10:34 AM
Genki de !! :)

Myozan Kodo
05-30-2011, 10:37 AM
Has our German tree shed its leaves as well?
Good luck in the mountains guys.
Gassho,
Soen

Hoyu
05-30-2011, 10:56 AM
Who is this young guy posing as Jundo? :D

How exciting! Have a safe and wonderful trip guys. Study hard! Can't wait to hear about the details upon your return.

Gassho,
John

Dokan
05-30-2011, 11:50 AM
Safe travels to you both. Can't wait to hear what you learn!

PS - Glad you dropped the hippie look. ;)

Gassho,

Shawn

ghop
05-30-2011, 03:54 PM
have fun baldie

and hurry back

:cry:

gassho
Greg

Nenka
05-30-2011, 04:47 PM
Well, I tried to watch this video but it seems to have gotten mixed up with Extreme Makeover: Zen Edition. Oh well.

Best wishes to you and Hans on your retreat!

Gassho,

Jennifer

Shohei
05-30-2011, 05:25 PM
Safe travels Jundo and Mongen. I certainly dig the new do :)

Gassho
Shohei

Risho
05-31-2011, 12:21 AM
Be Safe! Like the shave :)

Gassho,

Risho

ScottM
05-31-2011, 07:28 AM
Jundo,

Safe travels to you and Mongen!

When you mentioned being away from the tv and resistance, I must admit I was thinking Borg, not zen.

"Resistance is Futile!" ;)

Yes, I am a geek...but the sentiment is no less true in zen I suppose.

Just don't assimilate anyone without their permission! :lol:

Gassho,
Dosho

Kaishin
05-31-2011, 05:53 PM
Have a safe trip, oh beardless one! :)

Gassho,
Matt

Myoku
06-01-2011, 08:02 AM
Jundo, Mongen,
_()_ _()_ _()_
Peter

Kyonin
06-01-2011, 11:02 AM
Jundo,

It's great you find the time to go on retreat amidst all of what's happened. I can only respect that.

Come back soon!

Shugen
06-01-2011, 08:43 PM
Jundo and Hans,

Have a "good" retreat. We'll be here when you get back. (Probably) :)

Ron

Geika
06-01-2011, 10:01 PM
Have a nice time, Jundo and Mongen.
I really like your new look...Me too. Almost didn't recognize you!

Who is this young guy posing as Jundo? :D Hahaa!

/ Amelia