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

Our Jukai Reflections begin ... with some reflections on Jukai! ... (You are welcome to join even if not undertaking Jukai this time) ... PRECEPTS I - JUKAI and THE THREE REFUGES ...

Please sit with our September 12th-13th, 2014 Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai ...

A member requested repost of an old series on Master Dogen's 'INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE COOK' ... not just about cooking soup, but about cooking all of life ...

Is Zazen just Wasting Time ? ... Well, what time is there to waste ? ...

A new fellow's rather overly-analytical views on Emptiness, plus some fears of "falling in" and getting lost! ... Question about the emptiness of perception (a bit philosophical - sorry) ... (But rather than "getting lost", one is found! )

And if you have not heard ... more information on JUKAI AND ANGO HERE!!!:

... on ANGO (90 Day Special Practice Season) ...

... and JUKAI (Undertaking the Precepts) ... ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IN! ...


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