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Thread: January 22nd recommended threads

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    January 22nd recommended threads

    I encourage looking at these threads, topics and posts today ...

    Please remember that we are in our Treeleaf Global Service Days: January 11-25 2014 ...

    How to turn into a tree ... turning into what we already inter-are ...

    Formula-non-formulas ... every day is a good day ... The answer is probably not 42! ...

    A simple moment ... Zazen and a toothache ...


    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.

    Gassho, Jundo

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    I would also like to mention these three threads which, although a bit philosophical sometimes, are actually each about how we can get very caught in our views, ideas and intellectual analysis and philosophizing.

    Do not mistake the finger pointing at the moon for the moon itself.

    On the other "one hand" hand ... we also say that one must ultimately realize that moon and finger were one all along. The moon points at the finger and the moonlight fills the pointing.

    Our way is not simply to be free of all thoughts and thinking. It is just not to be tangled in them, their prisoner ... and to let the light illuminate.

    A Nietzsche quote about thinking and ego

    Elephants painting pictures of the moon ... Buddhist Fundamentalism

    "Shouting down the truth"

    Let me also mention a lovely post today on a powerful experience during Zazen ... Open Heart ... not every unusual perspective or moment is "Makyo" ...

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