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    October 30th-31st Treeleaf Weekly BOOOO!zenkai

    Special Halloween Edition! Costumes Welcome!

    ALSO NOTE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS CHANGE IN EUROPE, NOT YET IN NORTH AMERICA



    Hello All,

    Please 'sit-a-long' with our weekly FRIDAY/SATURDAY 'LIVE FROM TREELEAF' 90 minute ZAZENKAI, netcast from 10am Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 9pm, Los Angeles 6pm (Friday night), London 1am and Paris 2am (early Saturday morning)

    ... and to be visible on the following screen during those times and sit-a-long-able any time thereafter ...

    LIVE ZAZENKAI NETCAST at GOOGLE+ IS HERE:
    CLICK ON THE TAB ON LOWER RIGHT FOR 'FULL SCREEN



    FOR THOSE NOT ALREADY MEMBERS OF THE CIRCLE WHO WISH TO JOIN TO SIT LIVE WITH A CAMERA, INSTRUCTIONS ARE POSTED AT THIS LINK. WE ARE NOW LIMITED TO 10 INDIVIDUALS WITH CAMERAS, BUT ANY NUMBER CAN WATCH LIVE 'ONE WAY' AND SIT-A-LONG VIA THE ABOVE SCREEN. IF JOINING WITH CAMERA, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR MICROPHONE IS MUTED:

    00:00 – 00:15 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA in English) and Dedication
    00:15 – 00:45 ZAZEN
    00:45 – 00:55 KINHIN
    00:55 – 01:25 ZAZEN
    01:25 – 01:30 FOUR VOWS & VERSE OF ATONEMENT


    As you can see, our Zazenkai consists of chanting the 'Heart Sutra' in English (the words are at the link below), some full floor prostrations in sets of three (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish), followed by our Dedication, Zazen twice for about 30 minutes each, with 10 minutes of Kinhin in between, and we end the sitting with 'The Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'.

    Please download and print out the Chants we will recite at the following link (PDF):


    Chant Book (PDF)

    or

    Chant Book (SHORT VERSION HTML)

    So, please join us as soon as you can, and we will keep a Zafu open for you.

    Remember, when we drop all thought of 'here' 'there' 'now' 'then' ... we are sitting all together!


    Gassho, Jundo
    Last edited by Jundo; 10-31-2015 at 12:02 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Let me mention that our Zendo in Tsukuba is also doubling as a Spook House for the local neighborhood kids this weekend, an annual event here, so you may see a few extra decorations.

    Some folks say that Halloween should not be a Buddhist event, but I very much disagree. Perhaps we might avoid the darker, crueler, more violent humor in any costumes and film choices, sure. But laughing at the imagined things that scare us, and turning them to sweets (in moderation!) sounds like what our practice is about. In fact. Buddha, Jizo, Kannon and all the greats regularly headed down to hell, it is said, to help feed the hungry ghosts and all the other evil spirits. Is that not a kind of Buddhist "trick or treat"?

    I know of at least a few Zen groups in America (Shasta Abbey, Dharma Rain and others) that even moved their "Feeding the Hungry Ghosts/Gate of Sweet Nectar" ceremony to this weekend:

    https://chapelhillzen.wordpress.com/...hungry-ghosts/

    San Francisco Zen Center too apparently ...

    https://books.google.co.jp/books?id=...loween&f=false

    A Koan: Do Vampires have Buddha Nature? MUUUU! BOOOOO!

    So ...

    Ghastly Ghouly Gassho, Jundo


    Last edited by Jundo; 10-30-2015 at 04:23 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Mp
    Guest
    Wooooo ooooo ... I will be sitting live! LOL

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingen View Post
    Wooooo ooooo ... I will be sitting live! LOL

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday

    I will be sitting undead...

    Gassho,
    Anshu

    -sat today-

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    Hi Jundo!

    No need for a costume here. I just need to get close to the camera and that's it! Everyone runs in fear.

    Plus, I'll be chanting tonight. Now that's scary!

    These days are special for Mexicans because we celebrate the Day of the Dead with special meals and decorations. We do fear death and that's why we turned it into a festivity.

    A lot of homes set up special altars with food and beverages for the spirits of their dead loved ones, who come once a year to party among the living

    ofrenda.jpg


    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    #SatToday
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Mp
    Guest


    Gassho
    Shingen

    #justsat

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    I will sit live if room in the spook house.


    Gassho,

    Randy
    sit with you all tonight

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    I will materialize tooooooooooowoowooo.
    _/st\_ Shinzan

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    Starting late and working late today. Will sit recorded.

    ....and Boo.

    Gassho
    Daizan

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    I have always felt Dia de las Muertas traditions looked really fun and a lot more meaningful to me. I live where I live, so I will always participate in these Halloween traditions!

    Gassho, sat today
    求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
    I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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    I will sit one way, although I may be interrupted by my daughter coming home from her scary middle school Halloween dance!
    Gassho,
    Sierra
    SatToday

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    I will be there two-way or one-way.

    Gassho,
    Laurie
    Sat Last Night

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    Treeleaf Unsui / Engineer Sekishi's Avatar
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    Virginia, USA
    I will be there, to save sentient beings from the many hell realms!!

    Gaaaasssshhhhoooooo!
    Sekishi
    sekishi
    石志

    He/him. As a novice priest-in-training, this is simply an expression of my opinion. Please take it with a grain of salt.

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    Joyo
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Sekishi View Post
    I will be there, to save sentient beings from the many hell realms!!

    Gaaaasssshhhhoooooo!
    Sekishi

    This is so funny!!! And your avatar picture, lol!!!!

    I will try to be there for at least part of it, if I cannot get in live, I will sit one-way. Happy Halloween everyone =)

    Gassho,
    Joyo
    sat toda

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    I will be there.

    Dia de Los Muertos has a lot I common with Obon and families honoring their loved ones at the graves.
    Marc Connery
    明岩
    Myo̅ Gan - Bright Cliff

    I put the Monkey in Monkeymind

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    I'll sit with the recorded version, thank you.

    To prevent confusion in my fellow world-siders: I think according to worldtimebuddy it should be "London 1AM, Paris 2AM" (as we have already changed to winter time).
    (Other times given seem correct.)

    Enjoy the spooky celebrations!
    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    I will sit when I can access .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny B View Post
    I'll sit with the recorded version, thank you.

    To prevent confusion in my fellow world-siders: I think according to worldtimebuddy it should be "London 1AM, Paris 2AM" (as we have already changed to winter time).
    (Other times given seem correct.)

    Enjoy the spooky celebrations!
    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday
    Thank you, I noted the correct time. Daylight savings has changed in Europe, not yet in North America.

    Gassho, J

    SatToday
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    I will sit recorded this week.

    Gassho
    Trish
    sat today

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    Participating.


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

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    Hi all,

    I have never been so pleased NOT to be able to get into an event...great to see the full house!

    Gassho,
    Dosho

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    Joyo
    Guest
    Hi everyone, I am still not feeling 100%, so I only participated for the first 1/2 an hr.

    For the record, I found Randy's sunglasses to be the scariest costume.

    Thanks Jundi, and everyone =) have a great weekend

    Gassho,
    Joyo
    sat today

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    Full house again. Boooootiful. Take care, everyone.
    _/\_ Shinzan

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    Thanks everyone! Good luck with all the little ones tonight!

    Gassho,
    Sierra
    SatToday

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    Thank you all who sat and will sit.

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

    Feliz Día de los Muertos

    Gassho,

    Spooky Kyonin
    #ScreamedToday
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Mp
    Guest
    Thank you everyone, great to sit with you all. Happy Halloween! =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday

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    Treeleaf Unsui / Engineer Sekishi's Avatar
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    Virginia, USA
    Deep bows to all of you, and to the hungry ghosts, the beings in hell realms (wherever those may be found), to those with candy, and those without.

    Its all a trick, knowing so is the treat!

    Gassho,
    Sekishi
    #sattooOOooOooooOooday
    sekishi
    石志

    He/him. As a novice priest-in-training, this is simply an expression of my opinion. Please take it with a grain of salt.

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    Thank you dear Sangha!

    Gassho
    Lisa
    sat today

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    Thanks to all for practicing together. Thank you Jundo also for the talk. Happy Halloween and have a great weekend

    Gassho
    Laurie
    Sat Today

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    Hi Lisa, good to see you back!

    Gassho,
    Sierra
    SatToday

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    Good to sit with all...at least until google plus got spooky on me and I had to leave. Kyonin thanks for helping me get in.

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    Thank you for our opportunity

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra529 View Post
    Hi Lisa, good to see you back!

    Gassho,
    Sierra
    SatToday
    And me front too!
    Missed you guys so much.

    Gassho
    Lisa
    sat today

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    Boo!

    Thank you all very much.

    Gassho,
    Ralf sattoday.

    義道 冴庭 / Gidō Kotei.
    Being a novice priest doesn't mean that my writing about the Dharma is more substantial than yours. Actually, it might well be the other way round.

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    Just sat with recording. Thank you and Happy Halloween to all.
    Thank you, Jundo, for the talk.

    Gassho,
    Sergey

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    Thank you all very much.

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    I join 2 way first time.Today Kyonin share direct link at Google +. How do we know direct link address?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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    Thanks to all.


    Gassho
    Myosha Sat today
    Last edited by Myosha; 11-01-2015 at 09:12 PM.
    "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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    Yes, and please be safe!

    Little ones do not always come above the hood of a car, so if one is driving, please be careful and safe.

    Gassho,
    J
    sattoday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Konan View Post
    I join 2 way first time.Today Kyonin share direct link at Google +. How do we know direct link address?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    It was so good to sit with you today. I am glad you could.

    I include the direct address in the top post, above, right below the youtube screen.

    Gassho, j

    SatToday
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Booo!
    Sat with you this afternoon.
    Gassho
    -r

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    Thank you all so much.

    Gassho
    Trish
    sat today

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    Sat this today. Thank you.

    Gassho,

    Simon

    Sat today

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    Sitting this now.
    Gassho,
    Matt

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    October 30th-31st Treeleaf Weekly BOOOO!zenkai

    Just sat with this, thanks everybody



    Gassho

    Ryan

    #SatToday
    Breathe...Relax...Let Go...

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