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

On this anniversary of his passing, In Memory of My Teacher, Gudo Wafu Nishijima Roshi ( & re-issue of his book ) ...

Please sit, Our Special Zazenkai & Talk with Abbot Mujo of Antaiji ... held a few days ago, but sitable any time, any where ...

Please come dance our January 23rd-24th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai ...

Do not forget that charity and engagement is Practice! Zen is not just sittin' around! ... so, Pay It Forward - The Middle Way ...

And in doing so, please give beyond and right through "giver, receiver and gift" ... It's From Buddha ...

In Zazen, as the thought clear ... where do we return to? Non-return? ... Return to Sender....maybe! (Jundo: Maybe Not!)

A talk by Fugen: The significance of the Kashaya ... (Fugen will be leading our monthly 4 hour Zazenkai, Feb. 7th, by the way) ...

Some changes in the inter-intraface of our Forum ... No Seniors, No Juniors - Just People of No Rank ...

... and many other good threads of late.


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.

Oh, and we do ask folks to note that they have SAT ZAZEN THE PREVIOUS DAY BEFORE POSTING IN THE FORUM (please read about that here):


Gassho, Jundo