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    Announcement: Parinirvana Memorial & Special Zazenkai


    Dear All,

    February is a time of Memorial & Celebration for NEHAN-E (涅槃会; Parinirvana Gathering), the traditional day to mark the historical Buddha's death and passing from this visible world. This is also a day for each of us to remember in our homes those family and friends who have gone before. Although this holiday is marked specifically on February 15th in Japan, our Sangha and others will celebrate during the coming week.

    We will begin this weekend with our monthly 4-Hour Zazenkai, this time guided by Fugen direct from Sweden this Saturday, February 7th. That will be commence at a SPECIAL TIME, netcast LIVE starting from 15.00 (3pm) Sweden Time, which is London 2pm, Paris 3pm, Los Angeles 6am, New York 9am, Japan 11pm. Details of the Zazenkai will be separately posted, but it will include SPECIAL CHANTS & CEREMONY to recall our parents, grand-parents, siblings, our relatives near and distant, all our ancestors reaching back through the generations, and our dear friends and other cherished ones who have passed. Our Memorial is also in honor of Master Gudo Wafu Nishijima, my Teacher, who passed from the world one year ago.

    There is also an "at home" ceremony for you to undertake with your loved ones in memory, details below. We began this tradition at the request of many of our Treeleaf Sangha members who asked for a day to remember their friends and family who have passed.

    First, what is NEHAN-E (BUDDHA'S PARINIRVANA DAY)?

    This is the day that Shakyamuni Buddha died near the town of Kushinagara on the banks of the Hiranyavati River. A big scroll depicting the Buddha entering Nirvana is hung and a ceremony expressing our gratitude to the Buddha is performed. The Sanskrit term ‘Nirvana’ literally means ‘extinction, the extinction of the worldly illusions and passions.’ Wherever the extinction of illusions and passions is being achieved, there will be a calm and peaceful Nirvana, but the term which applies to this particular day means the death of the Buddha Shakyamuni.

    It is said that at the time of his death the Buddha was sleeping on a bed that had been prepared between two sala trees; his head to the north, his face to the west, and his right hand for a pillow. At that time, white flowers bloomed on the sala trees and fell continuously. The story is related how many of his disciples, men and women of all ages, and even birds and animals gathered, sighing with sadness. The Buddha gave his last discourse, expounding the fundamental truth – even though the physical body dies, the Dharma is unbounded by time; in order to see the Buddha, it is simply necessary to see the Dharma. In this way, he taught his disciples the Precepts and the way they should maintain the practice of Buddha’s Way. This sermon is called the Yuikyogyo, the Last Teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha (or "Sutra of the Last Teaching Bequeathed by the Buddha"). He passed away at the age of 80 and entered into "Mahaparinirvana", that which cannot be truly "entered" or "departed", the absolute free state of Enlightenment.

    Though marking events of some 25 centuries ago and far away, the moment is truly beyond count or time, found here and all places.

    And so, might we encounter our lost loved ones and friends as neither gone nor far away, beyond time ... found here and all places ...
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    Parinirvana Ceremony (At Home Portion)
    To Be Conducted on an Evening up thru February 15th, 2015


    (This Portion is to be conducted at each family's home on an evening of your choosing.



    Please frame an image of the "Reclining Buddha" (Buddha on His Death Bed) ... There are many available online ...


    CLICK HERE FOR OTHER PARINIRANA PICTURES AVAILABLE ONLINE

    At home, after dark, this framed picture should be placed on a table with incense (incense burner to be placed in front of the picture of the Buddha) and/or candles (to be placed in front of the picture of Buddha if without incense, to the sides of the incense if with), photographs or other reminders of the loved ones and friends to be remembered (to be placed to the right and left of the picture of the Buddha), all surrounded by fresh flowers and fruit (such as apples or oranges; this time of year also happens to be the start of Spring on the old Lunar Calendar, the "Chinese New Year", a time of new birth), and a small cup containing sweetened water or tea (representing an offering to quench all thirst). It is fine to place a small toy on the table for any children whose passing is being remembered. Family members will gather, dressed neatly. Family members can stand in Gassho or simply respectfully, as one adult representing the family lights the incense and/or candles, offers Three Standing Gassho Bows, and (holding the paper in the following way) recites the following before the image of Buddha:


    This is the day of the Buddha’s Parinirvana, the time some 25 centuries ago when the Thus Come One entered Parinirvana, Final Nirvana, the day of the historical Buddha’s passing from this visible world. With each passing day, let us cherish life. Mindful of transiency, let us live this life and pursue our Path with diligence and care.

    We remember our dear (say as applicable, and add their first names where possible) parents, grand-parents, siblings, our relatives near and distant, all our ancestors reaching back through the generations, and our dear friends and other cherished ones who have passed from this visible world. All in their way, by their lives, made our lives in this present moment possible and are the root of our being. They supported us, befriended and nutured us, each in their way, both in ways clearly seen and ways sometimes obscured and hidden to our eyes. To each we express and offer our caring, boundless love, greetings, embrace, gratitude, mutual understanding and forgiveness, tolerance and hope for their peace and rest.

    As was taught in the Sutra of the Last Teaching Bequeathed by the Buddha, spoken by the Tathagata with regard to his own passing …

    O good followers of the path! Do not grieve! Even if we were to live in the world for as long as great aeons of time, our coming together would someday have to end. There can be no coming together without parting. A life which benefited both self and others has reached completion. What has been said, has been said. What has been done, has been done. Even if we were to live longer, there would be nothing to add. …

    Therefore, you should know that all things in the world are impermanent; coming together inevitably means parting. Do not be troubled, for this is the nature of life. Live and Practice diligently with right effort, find liberation immediately and, with the light of wisdom, remove the darkness of ignorance. Thus the Body of the Tathagata’s Dharma will be realized as timeless and indestructible. Yes, nothing is secure, and everything in this life is precarious. Yet, do not think that “The light has ceased.” It should not be seen like this. For what I have lit shall be your light, all living beings shall be the light, this bright world, and your very mind itself, shall be this same light continuing on.

    Now, good followers of the way! You should always wholeheartedly seek the path of liberation. Yes, all things in the world, whether moving or seemingly non-moving, are characterized by disappearance and instability. Yet, be as lamps unto yourselves and pass on that light throughout generation after generation and to everyone in this world.

    Stop now! Do not speak! Time is passing. I am about to cross over. This is my final teaching.

    Family member leading the ceremony then announces that “A moment of silence will now be held in memory of those commemorated here, all our Ancestors and Friends who have departed this visible world.” After the moment of silence, the family leader will then say some words, speaking from the heart in a relaxed and conversational way, in memory of the individuals (remembering some specifically by name, others more generally) who are being recalled, telling something to the others who are gathered (especially any children present) about the people being remembered. The theme of the short talk should emphasize love, friendship, gratitude and (if needed in some cases) forgiveness of the past.

    The ceremony is closed with the words, “We will carry each of you in our hearts, and wish peace to you and peace to all who remain behind.” That is followed by Three Standing Gassho Bows, and the ceremony is over.

    The altar at home should be kept until after sundown the next day. Candles should not be left burning after the ceremony in the interest of safety.

    NOTE: If the person wishes in respect of the religious sensibilities of other members of the family, the images of Buddha and Incense need not be included, and the content of the Ceremony and references to the Buddha can be altered as felt appropriate.

    I HOPE OUR SANGHA MEMBERS WILL JOIN US IN THIS MEMORIAL of PASSING and CELEBRATION of LIFE!

    Details on our Memorial and Celebration during our monthly Zazenkai will follow ...

    Gassho, Jundo
    Last edited by Jundo; 02-04-2015 at 06:28 PM.
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    The Special Chants and Ceremony during our Monthly Zazenkai this Saturday, February 7th, guided by Fugen, will have the following content. Please print out the following if you will join sitting this Zazenkai:

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    Parinirvana Ceremony (at Nehan-e Zazenkai Portion)
    February 7th, 2015


    This Saturday, we will hold our February Monthly Zazenkai midmonth, with a special Ceremony and a short Dharma Talk on the theme of “Rememberance and Parinirvana”, to mark the event.

    Unlike our usual Zazenkai, a statue of the reclining ‘Buddha Entering Parinirvana’ will be given special prominence on the Altar.

    The Ceremony will begin as usual, with Three Full Prostrations, but with the following differences:

    - Shariraimon, in English, will be our first chant.

    - Hannya Shingyo will be recited in Japanese.

    - Followed by the Ino reading a special Dedication for Parinirvana

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    Ceremony begins as always but, after Lighting Incense and Three Prostration:

    Ino: “The Verse of Homage to Buddha's Relics, Shariraimon” (shariRAImooonOOON)…

    Instrumentation:[*] Bell; Accompanied by Mokugyo. (NOTE TO INO-DOAN: STYLE IS SIMILAR TO "HEART SUTRA IN ENGLISH, BUT SLOWER AS A DIRGE")

    With/ whole/heart/ed/ gra/ti/tude/ we/ bow/
    to/ the/ re/lics/ still/ pre/sent of/ the/ True/ Bo/dy/ [*] of/ the/ Ta/tha/ga/ta/ Sha/kya/mu/ni,/
    who/ is/ ful/ly/ en/dowed/ with/ my/ri/ad/ vir/tues;/
    to/ the/ Dhar/ma/ Bo/dy/ which/ is/ Truth/ it/self;/
    and/ to/ the/ whole/ u/ni/verse/ which/ is/ his/ Stu/pa./
    With/ deep/ res/pect/ we/ ve/ner/ate/ the/ One/
    who /lived/ his/ life/ for/ the/ sake/ of/ all/ be/ings./
    Though/ the/ sus/ten/ance/ of/ Bud/dha,/ the/ Truth/
    en/ters/ us/ and/ we/ en/ter/ Truth./
    Let/ us/ strive/ to/ be/ne/fit/ all/ li/ving/ be/ings,/[*] a/rouse/ the/ thought/ of/ A/wa/ken/ing,/
    cul/ti/vate/ Bod/hi/sat/tva/ Prac/tice,/
    and/ to/ge/ther/ en/ter/ Per/fect/ Peace,/ [*] the/ pen/e/tra/tion/ of/ the/ e/qua/li/ty/ of/ all/ things./
    Now/ let/ us/ re/ver/ent/ly/ bow.
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    Then … Followed by 3 bells and offering of Incense:

    Ino: “Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo”

    Following by Hannya Shingyo in Japanese

    Kan Ji Zai Bo Satsu Gyo Jin Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Ji Sho
    Ken Go[*] On Kai Ku Do I Sai Ku Yaku Sha Ri Shi Shiki Fu
    I Ku Ku Fu I Shiki Shiki Soku Ze Ku Ku Soku Ze Shiki Ju
    So Gyo Shiki Yaku Bu Nyo Ze Sha Ri Shi Ze Sho Ho Ku
    So Fu Sho Fu Metsu Fu Ku Fu Jo Fu Zo Fu Gen Ze Ko Ku
    Chu Mu Shiki Mu Ju So Gyo Shiki Mu Gen Ni Bi Ze Shin
    Ni Mu Shiki Sho Ko Mi Soku Ho Mu Gen Kai Nai Shi Mu
    I Shiki Kai Mu Mu Myo Yaku Mu Mu Myo Jin Nai Shi Mu
    Ro Shi Yaku Mu Ro Shi Jin Mu Ku Shu Metsu Do Mu Chi
    Yaku Mu Toku I Mu Sho Tok ko Bo Dai Sat Ta E Han-Nya
    Ha Ra Mi Ta Ko[*] Shin Mu Kei Ge Mu Kei Ge Ko Mu
    U Ku Fu On Ri Is-Sai Ten Do Mu So Ku Gyo Ne Han San
    Ze Sho Butsu E Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Ko[*] Toku A Noku
    Ta Ra San Myaku San Bo Dai Ko Chi Han-Nya Ha Ra Mi
    Ta Ze Dai Jin Shu Ze Dai Myo Shu Ze Mu Jo Shu Ze Mu
    To Do Shu No Jo Is sai Ku Shin Jitsu Fu Ko Ko Setsu Han
    Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Shu Soku Setsu Shu Watsu Gya* Tei
    Gya Tei Ha Ra Gya Tei Hara[*] So Gya Tei Bo Ji Sowa Ka
    Han Nya Shin Gyo [* * *]

    Followed by Dedication after Heart Sutra, as follows:

    Buddha Nature pervades the whole universe, Reality, existing right here now: We recall this day when some 2500 years ago, Shakyamuni Buddha, our historical Teacher, entered into Parinirvana. In reciting THE VERSE OF HOMAGE TO THE BUDDHA’S RELICS and THE HEART OF THE PERFECTION OF GREAT WISDOM SUTRA we offer our reverence, and dedicate this gathering, to our great original source teacher, Shakyamuni Buddha. On this day of his entry into Parinirvana, mindful of his Teachings, we go forward with boundless gratitude and joy and vow to practice endlessly…

    The Pure Dharma Body of the Buddha is always clear, beyond birth and death and expressed by all things, yet cannot be seen so long as one is lost in duality. The Buddha lived within coming and going, birth and death, a man of great compassion for all living beings. For this we bow in gratitude, and aspire that we may illuminate our minds in the midst of delusion.

    On this day we have gathered to commemorate our Great Teacher Shakyamuni Buddha’s entry into Parinirvana, and we offer incense, flowers, light, food and sweet water, all symbols of reverence, life and the satisfaction of all desires. We further dedicate the merit of this Zazen gathering in gratitude for his great Compassionate acts in leaving us these Timeless Teachings.

    The moon over Mount Ryoju, the Vulture Peak, shines wonderously in all directions.

    The sala trees bloom and their petals convey the fragrance of the Dharma down through time.

    The Buddha transcended desire and his understanding has helped all who are deluded until this present moment. The merits of suchness will extend from the beginningless past to the endless future.

    All the myriad forms of existence join in recognizing the profound importance of this day and wholeheartedly recite with us, some in words and some in silence. We are filled with awe at the countless voices which thus proclaim the Dharma, and we vow to embrace and sustain it endlessly. We also remember and dedicate this day and these efforts to all our parents, grand-parents, siblings, our relatives near and distant, all our ancestors reaching back through the generations, and our dear friends and other cherished ones who have passed from this visible world.

    Thus, let the harmful effects of words, thoughts and actions be dispelled
    and Compassion bloom in perpetual spring.
    May we all realize and live the Enlightened Way together:

    EVERYONE CHANTS:

    All Buddhas throughout space and time
    All Bodhisattvas-Mahasattvas
    Maha • Prajna • Paramita ••••••• (then 3x PROSTRATIONS by EVERYONE) • • •

    This is followed by the beginning of Zazen.
    Last edited by Jundo; 02-04-2015 at 05:26 PM.
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    Mp
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    Thank you Jundo and Fugen, I will be there live in support. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

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    Thank Jundo and Fugen for leading the Sangha in this ceremony. I need to shuffle some things around, but endeavour to participate live.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi
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    Joyo
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    Thank you Jundo and Fugen. I am very disappointed that I will be unable to attend. My husband is working long hrs with tax season this Saturday, therefore, parenting duties are my responsibility. I'll do my best to join in with the recorded version during the weekend and next week when my kids are in school.

    Gassho,
    Joyo
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    I will not be able to make it live. We will be in route to my grandma's house at that time. I hope to participate via the recording another time. Thank you Jundo and Fugen for putting this together for the sangha.


    ..sat2day

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    Hi.

    For those who want to read ahead, i will be speaking around the "Hachi-dainingaku"- "eight awakenings of great beings", fascicle 95 of the shobogenzo.

    Mtfbwy
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    Lovely.

    Trying to coordinate my schedule now so that we can join live from our zendo here in New Jersey.

    Sat today,

    Daijo ~ Jinzan

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    Thank you Sangha for organizing this. I think it a wonderful tradition. Not sure if I can do live depending on other family members schedule this weekend, but sitting nonetheless and doing at home ceremony this week as well. Fugen for those of us who do not yet have a copy of Shobogenzo, is there a link/place we might read this?

    Gassho
    Ishin
    Sat Today

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    How beautiful.

    Ack -- I will be out of town, however I will be sitting and I will try to incorporate what I can while on the road; I will participate when I return the following weekend.

    Gassho,

    Risho
    -sattoday

    Edit -- my wife and I have been meaning to have a service for Sakura, our oldest dog who passed last year; this will be the perfect time. Metta to all those who have lost special beings in their lives. Thank you all for practicing with me.
    Last edited by Risho; 02-04-2015 at 09:23 PM.

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    I shall be there with bells on!

    Gassho,
    Dosho

    Sat today

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    Hi guys.

    I won't be able to attend live. I have to work on Saturday morning.

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    I won't be able to attend this time. I'll be in sesshin out of town.
    I'll definitely sit this upon my return.
    _/\_ Shinzan
    sattoday

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    EDIT: I've been told that some people will be visiting us the weekend, to celebrate one of their kids' birthday.
    So I will not be able to sit live, and it is always hard to find a 4 hour window in my schedule to sit. Perhaps I will be able to sit on Sunday, but I'm not sure to sit it at once.
    Can you guess what I've felt?
    No, being mindful, I didn't give anger an opportunity. Just a little disappointment is much healthier

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    I'll try to be there live.

    However, I'm not sure about the internet connection rate (cell phone connection), so perhaps I'll have to sit one way.
    On the other hand it is very hot these days here, and the place where I will be has no AC.
    Would it be OK, provided that I can sit two way, if I attend in shorts and T-shirt?
    I don't know how solemn this celebration is. Sorry of the question is silly.

    Gassho,
    Daiyo

    #SatToday
    Last edited by Daiyo; 02-05-2015 at 01:05 PM.
    Gassho,Walter

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    I plan to join. I think I might need some pre training though?
    Rodney SatToday


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    I'll try to shuffle a couple of things around, so hopefully I can be there live. Thank you for setting this up!

    Gassho

    SatToday

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    Will be there/here 9 am EST.

    Gassho
    Daizan

    sat today

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    As always I'll be there about a day later. But right on time.

    Gassho
    Meishin
    Sat today

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    Aaaaarghhh, no good time for me. Work, work, work.

    But all others, have a good celebration.

    SAT2day
    Kind regards

    Erik

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    Hope to join live.

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    I'm hoping to be there live (assuming I know what I'm doing with Google+! )

    _/\_
    Ade
    Sat today

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    Thank you for these instructions on the home ceremony. This looks lovely. I am planning on doing this with my family, and will be sitting the zazenkai this weekend.

    Gassho,
    Matt
    #SatToday

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    I won't be able to attend live, but I will attend using the recording before the 15th of this month.
    Gassho,
    Roland
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    I have a question regarding the holding of the paper during the at home ceremony? Is there a special significance to this?
    Thank you in advance.

    Gassho
    Ishin
    Sat Today

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    Mp
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ishin View Post
    I have a question regarding the holding of the paper during the at home ceremony? Is there a special significance to this?
    Thank you in advance.

    Gassho
    Ishin
    Sat Today
    Hello Ishin,

    Here are some snapshots to help you out. =)

    Photo on 2015-02-05 at 2.47 PM.jpgPhoto on 2015-02-05 at 2.50 PM #2.jpg

    Does that work for you?

    Gassho
    Shingen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingen View Post
    Hello Ishin,

    Here are some snapshots to help you out. =)

    Photo on 2015-02-05 at 2.47 PM.jpgPhoto on 2015-02-05 at 2.50 PM #2.jpg

    Does that work for you?

    Gassho
    Shingen

    SatToday
    Thanks Shingen

    Much appreciated, but I guess I was wondering more the WHY?

    Gassho
    Ishin
    Sat Today

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    Mp
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ishin View Post
    Thanks Shingen

    Much appreciated, but I guess I was wondering more the WHY?

    Gassho
    Ishin
    Sat Today
    Hey Ishin ... hmmm, why not! Kidding ... I am not sure on that one, will have to wait for Jundo to answer. You got me there. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    SatToday

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    Hi Ishin,

    I used to be a cook in fancy restaurants. When new folks asked why we did certain things, we used say, “because that’s how a bunch of old dead French guys did it!”.

    All sing together now (from Fiddler on the Roof) ... “Tradition!!!”

    Of course it could be a very powerful Zen Mudra or something. (I just like any excuse to break out in song like a fool )

    Gassho
    Lisa
    sat today

    "Tradition" in English:

    and Japanese!:
    Last edited by Byokan; 02-06-2015 at 12:15 AM.

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    Thank you so much Jundo, Fugen and the rest of the Sangha for the opportunity to participate once again in a Paranirvana ceremony.
    Even if I will be able to just watch the event in one way mode, its really exciting for me to know that I am, in certain extent, being one with the sangha.
    Gassho
    #Sat Today
    Miguel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ishin View Post
    I have a question regarding the holding of the paper during the at home ceremony? Is there a special significance to this?
    Thank you in advance.

    Gassho
    Ishin
    Sat Today
    Lisa says it.

    Ya know, in Buddhism, there is always someone who has given some mysterious interpretation to everything. For example, I bet you that some would say that the 3 Fingers showing represent "Buddha, Dharma, Sangha". Maybe the 2 fingers inside represent "Form" and "Emptiness". But that's just folks with too much time on their hands to think up all this "significance".

    I believe it is just being respectful, putting us in a solemn mindset. Ya could hold em lick an old pair of socks of course.

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Looking forward to this tomorrow. I will probably sit one way as four hours will doubtless necessitate some lying down.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
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    I will post a printer-friendly version of Jundo's instructions shortly if anyone would like it.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi
    #sattoday
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    Hello all,

    I won't be able to attend live. Going to bed early to be up early and off to a wrestling tournament.

    I will post a printer-friendly version of Jundo's instructions shortly if anyone would like it.
    Thank you Sekishi, that would be lovely!

    Gassho,
    Kelly/Jinmei
    sattoday

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    Here is a simple B&W version with all of the Forum controls and such stripped out, the margins narrowed, the fonts reduced, the quoted sections boxed (for easier printing), etc.
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...2015-02-07.pdf

    I've set up a script for creating print friendly versions of threads on here so I can pop these out quickly from now on. It will automatically make the changes discussed above and I can tell it how many posts to include (so it will only be Jundo's instructions and not our various replies). If you have any suggestions for other changes it should make, please let me know via PM (e.g. "put the join date back under the avatar" or "display a big smiley face at the top of the page").

    Gassho,
    Sekishi
    #sattoday
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sekishi View Post
    If you have any suggestions for other changes it should make, please let me know via PM (e.g. "put the join date back under the avatar" or "display a big smiley face at the top of the page").
    One thing I tested was just hiding username, title, and avatar entirely (which frees up quite a bit of space to the left). But then we couldn't tell who posted. But if it is for a printed out ceremony, maybe that does not matter. Opinions welcome (again, maybe via PM to not clutter this thread up).

    Gassho,
    Sekishi
    #sattoday
    sekishi
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    Thank you Sekishi,

    I think we will keep a version for next year too.

    Gassho, Jundo

    SatToday
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sekishi View Post
    Here is a simple B&W version with all of the Forum controls and such stripped out, the margins narrowed, the fonts reduced, the quoted sections boxed (for easier printing), etc.
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...2015-02-07.pdf
    Thank you Sekishi, very helpful. =)

    Gassho
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    I think we will keep a version for next year too.
    Of course feel free, but no need. The little system I set up today will let me make printer-friendly PDFs from "the first N posts" of any thread on Treeleaf. So I can easily make a new one if instructions change next year.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi
    #sattoday
    sekishi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Lisa says it.

    Ya know, in Buddhism, there is always someone who has given some mysterious interpretation to everything. For example, I bet you that some would say that the 3 Fingers showing represent "Buddha, Dharma, Sangha". Maybe the 2 fingers inside represent "Form" and "Emptiness". But that's just folks with too much time on their hands to think up all this "significance".

    I believe it is just being respectful, putting us in a solemn mindset. Ya could hold em lick an old pair of socks of course.

    Gassho, J
    Thanks Jundo and Lisa,

    The tradition part is of course easy to understand. I am just curious and trying to learn. Much of these traditions are all new to me so I want to have some idea of what I am doing not just going through the motions, but doing things with the proper intent. The 3 treasures idea did occur to me.

    PS. I just want to say that my entire family participated with me in this ceremony, some willingly and some not yet all respectfully, but I think it a wonderful tradition and intend to do this with them every year.

    Gassho
    Ishin
    Sat Today
    Last edited by Ishin; 02-08-2015 at 05:13 PM.

  40. #40
    Jundo, Doshin has me going to jail (volunteere work), again. I got out of one some years back but this time is so close to my home I could not say no.
    The new group has decided to be called Blue Mountain Sangha. They do have a mind of their own and demand service! They are well read and very Buddhist, but this Facility has never allowed a Buddhist group before. Doshin persited and I got hooked. Good.
    So this coming Saturday we will have our first service and it will be the celebration of Shakiamuni Buddha's Paranirvana as per above suggestion. Mitch got us gong, bell and I think even a mokuyo. He is relentless. I don't know about the incense...yet.
    I see a service full of mistakes and misdirections but ain't that the fun part, the Dharma being Dharma, a bunch of selves selving thenselves.
    So please, treeleafers, metta for us Blue Mountain zennies; may all sangha relations become complete.
    Saturday Feb 14 from 9:15 am.
    Gassho!
    Last edited by Ed; 02-10-2015 at 05:53 PM.
    "Know that the practice of zazen is the complete path of buddha-dharma and nothing can be compared to it....it is not the practice of one or two buddhas but all the buddha ancestors practice this way."
    Dogen zenji in Bendowa






  41. #41
    Hey Ed,

    Sit today?

    Gassho,
    Another Ed
    Myosha sat today
    "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

  42. #42
    I did a double take for a moment, wondering what Taigu and Co. at Blue Mountain were doing in jail ...

    It will be fine, Myosha, and hopefully will bring some healing and peace into this world.

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  43. #43
    Day not over.
    Although I do sit early AM.
    Thanks!
    "Know that the practice of zazen is the complete path of buddha-dharma and nothing can be compared to it....it is not the practice of one or two buddhas but all the buddha ancestors practice this way."
    Dogen zenji in Bendowa






  44. #44
    Paranirvan service at Blue Mountain Sangha in the CI got lost on our first ever service. No cushions and no mats, no incese either and we had to keep our shoes on (this bothered me the most, I have to wonder why) we had a loaned mokuyo and gong but not bells. We do have a sangha. Things will be donated, no worries there.
    I printed some colorful buddhas which the guys loved.
    They were moved by the common recital of the Heart Sutra and an introduction to the Sandokai.
    I did forget to mention Treeleaf but did say our group is part of a very large and active sangha of Soto Zen Buddhist and Buddhist in general which has interdependece of all beings at its very core and to never forget that.
    Back next month on the second Saturday since we have been approved for a montlhy visit up from every other month.
    Thank you for your practice!
    Gassho.
    Last edited by Ed; 02-17-2015 at 06:03 PM.
    "Know that the practice of zazen is the complete path of buddha-dharma and nothing can be compared to it....it is not the practice of one or two buddhas but all the buddha ancestors practice this way."
    Dogen zenji in Bendowa






  45. #45
    Quote Originally Posted by Ed View Post
    Paranirvan service at Blue Mountain Sangha in the CI got lost on our first ever service. No cushions and no mats, no incese either and we had to keep our shoes on (this bothered me the most, I have to wonder why) we had a loaned mokuyo and gong but not bells. We do have a sangha. Things will be donated, no worries there.
    I printed some colorful buddhas which the guys loved.
    They were moved by the common recital of the Heart Sutra and an introduction to the Sandokai.
    I did forget to mention Treeleaf but did say our group is part of a very large and active sangha of Soto Zen Buddhist and Buddhist in general which has interdependece of all beings at its very core and to never forget that.
    Back next month on the second Saturday since we have been approved for a montlhy visit up from every other month.
    Thank you for your practice!
    Gassho.
    Hi Ed,

    I am so glad that your ceremony at Blue Mountain, the prison program, went so well. You don't need all that stuff, and nothing was missing.

    By the way, you should know that we have another Blue Mountain now ... might be a little confusing to folks.

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...ll=1#post50996

    Gassho, Jundo

    SatToday
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  46. #46
    Yes! Of course, BLUE MOUNTAIN WHITE CLOUDS HERMITAGE is Rev Taigu's group not to be confuse with the Blue Mountain Sangha at Everglade CI (Correctional Institution) in Florida USA.
    In gassho, Seido Ed B

    Sat2day
    "Know that the practice of zazen is the complete path of buddha-dharma and nothing can be compared to it....it is not the practice of one or two buddhas but all the buddha ancestors practice this way."
    Dogen zenji in Bendowa






  47. #47
    And thanks to Treeleaf for the outline of service for parinirvana. I hope I may borrow it as a model to others. I have been asked by another of our Florida prison sanghas to develop outlines of service and suggested chants for the few Buddhist holidays they are allowed to celebrate. I would appreciate any suggestions and protocols that your sangha have developed. I bow in gratitude. And I bow to Ed (Seido) our wonderful volunteer at Everglades CI !

  48. #48
    Hi Jane,

    You are more than welcome to do so in any way, and I hope it is helpful Jane.

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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