I encourage looking at these threads, topics and posts today ... (sorry, seems I forgot to update this last week )

Please sit with our August 8th-9th, 2015 - Treeleaf MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! and weekly Zazenkai these past weekends ...

Of course, Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts) and Ango (90 Day Special Practice) are just around the corner, please read here ... all are welcome ...


ANNOUNCEMENT: Treeleaf 'ANGO' (The 90 Days) --2015--

The Talk from the Zazenkai ... SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: Master Keizan's Sankon-Zazen-Setsu ...

The latest chapters in the Grass Hut ... from our "Beyond Words & Letters" Book Club ...

Daizan asks a lovely question ... What does "Mahayana" mean to you? ...

Some political troubles with some conservative folks at the AZTA ... all explained here ... and good reflections by this community ... Members Should Be Aware: AZTA Drama ...

A lovely plan for our Treeleaf Sangha 10th anniversary next year ... sitting all around the world ... Would you? Could you? ...

Sitting with, without and beyond TIMERS? ... all good, if ultimately beyond all measure of time ...

What Shikantaza is, is not, is not is ... Conflict with no gaining idea ...

A couple of recommended short podcasts ... Gray's Donation - A Story of Loss and Interconnection ...


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