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Thread: March 4th-5th, 2016 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI!

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    March 4th-5th, 2016 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI!

    PLEASE PRINT OUT THE PORTION OF SHOBOGENZO-KOKU (SPACE) BY MASTER DOGEN, POSTED BELOW.

    (Also please recall that we have begun to chant the Heart Sutra in Japanese for each monthly Zazenkai) ...

    Please 'sit-a-long' with our MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI, netcast LIVE 8am to noon Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 7pm to 11pm, Los Angeles 4pm to 8pm (Friday night), London midnight to 4am and Paris 1am to 4am (early Saturday morning)) ... and visible at the following link during those times ...

    ... to be visible on the below screen during those times and 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:


    The Sitting Schedule is as follows:

    00:00 - 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA IN JAPANESE / SANDOKAI IN ENGLISH) & ZAZEN
    00:50 - 01:00 KINHIN
    01:00 - 01:30 ZAZEN
    01:30 - 01:50 KINHIN

    01:50 - 02:30 DHARMA TALK & ZAZEN
    02:30 - 02:40 KINHIN

    02:40 - 03:15 ZAZEN
    03:15 - 03:30 KINHIN
    03:30 - 04:00 METTA CHANT & ZAZEN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT, FOUR VOWS, & CLOSING



    Our Zazenkai consists of our chanting the 'Heart Sutra' in Japanese and the 'Identity of Relative and Absolute (Sandokai)' in English (please download our Chant Book at the link below), some full floor prostrations (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish), a little talk by me ... and we close with the 'Metta Chant', followed at the end with the 'Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'. Oh, and lots and lots of Zazen and walkin' Kinhin in between!

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

    Chant Book (PDF)

    or

    Chant Book (SHORT VERSION HTML)

    I STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU POSITION YOUR ZAFU ON THE FLOOR IN A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE NOT STARING DIRECTLY AT THE COMPUTER SCREEN, BUT CAN GLANCE OVER AND SEE THE SCREEN WHEN NECESSARY. YOUR ZAFU SHOULD ALSO BE IN A POSITION WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE COMPUTER SCREEN WHILE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE ZAFU FOR THE CEREMONIES, AND HAVE ROOM FOR BOWING AND KINHIN.

    ALSO, REMEMBER TO SET YOUR COMPUTER (& SCREEN SAVER) SO THAT IT DOES NOT SHUT OFF DURING THE 4 HOURS.


    I hope you will join us ... an open Zafu is waiting. When we drop all thought of 'here' 'there' 'now' 'then' ... we are sitting all together!


    Gassho, Jundo
    Last edited by Sekishi; 03-28-2016 at 03:59 PM. Reason: Added podcast link.
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    Shobogenzo - Kokū (Space - 虚空) by Master Dogen


    Because “this place is where something ineffable exists,” it is through the realization of these words that Buddhist patriarchs are caused to be. And because the realization of these words of Buddhist patriarchs passes naturally from rightful successor to rightful successor, the skin, flesh, bones, and marrow, realized as “a whole body,” are “hanging in space.” This space is beyond such categories as the twenty kinds of space [such as inside, outside, over, below, etc.]. In general, how could space be limited to only twenty kinds of space. There are eighty-four thousand kinds of space, and there may be countless more besides.

    Zen Master Shakkyō Ezō of Bushū asks Zen Master Seidō Chizō, “Do you understand how to grasp space?”
    Seidō says, “I understand how to grasp it.”
    The master says, “How do you grasp it?”
    Seidō clutches at space with his hand.
    The master says, “You do not understand how to grasp space.”
    Seidō says, “How do you grasp it, brother?” The master grabs Seidō’s nostrils and pulls them.
    Groaning with pain, Seidō says, “It is very brutal to yank a person’s nostrils, but I have directly been able to get free.”
    The master says, “Directly grabbing hold like this, you should have got it from the beginning.”


    Shakkyō’s words “Do you understand how to grasp space?” ask “Are you too ‘the thoroughly realized body as hands and eyes’?” … “Seidō clutches at space with his hand”: this is merely understanding of how to ride a tiger’s head; it is not yet understanding of how to grab the tiger’s tail. Shakkyō says, “You do not understand how to grasp space.” Not only has Seidō failed to understand how to grasp it; he has never realized space even in a dream. And although he is like this, [Shakkyō] does not want to describe for him that which is profound and eternal [so] Shakkyō grabs Seidō’s nostrils and pulls them. Now, let us learn in practice that Shakkyō has put his body into Seidō’s nostrils. … Seidō groans with pain and says, “It is very brutal to yank a person’s nostrils, but I have directly been able to get free.” Previously he has thought about meeting another, but suddenly he has been able to meet himself. At the same time, to taint the self is not permissible: the self must be practiced. Shakkyō says, “Directly grabbing hold like this, you should have got it from the beginning.” I do not deny that “grabbing hold by the state like this has got it from the beginning.”



    Even a good player at grasping space needs to research the interior and exterior of space, needs to research the deadening and vitalization of space, and needs to know the lightness and weight of space. We should maintain and rely upon [the teaching] that the effort in pursuit of the truth, the establishment of the mind, the practice and experience, and the assertions and questions of buddhas and of patriarchs are just the grasping of space.



    Archpriest Ryō of Seizan Mountain in Kōshū once goes to practice in Baso’s order.
    Patriarch [Baso] asks him, “What sutra do you lecture on?”
    The master replies, “The Heart Sutra.”
    The patriarch says, “With what do you lecture?”
    The master says, “I lecture with mind.”
    The patriarch says, “[They say] mind is like a leading actor, the will is like a supporting actor, and the six kinds of consciousness are the accompanying cast: how are these able to lecture on the sutra?”
    The master says, “If mind is unable to give the lecture, space is hardly able to give the lecture, is it?”
    The patriarch says, “Space itself is indeed able to give the lecture.”
    The master swings his sleeves and retires.
    The patriarch calls to him, “Archpriest!”
    The master turns his head.
    The patriarch says, “From birth to old age, it is just this.” …

    Thus, every Buddhist patriarch is a sutra lecturer. And sutra lecturing is inevitably in space. Without space, it is impossible to lecture on even a single sutra. Whether lectures are delivered on the mind as a sutra or delivered on the body as a sutra, they are always delivered through the medium of space. Thinking is realized, and not thinking is realized, through the medium of space. The development of tutored wisdom and the development of untutored wisdom, the development of innate intelligence and the
    development of learned intelligence: each is in space. The act of becoming a buddha and the act of becoming a patriarch, likewise, must be in space.



    The seventh patriarch, Venerable Vasumitra, says: “The mind is the same as the concrete world of space, and it reveals the reality that is coterminous with space. When we are able to experience space, there is no right and nothing wrong.” The mutual encounter and mutual realization in the moment of the present between a person facing a wall and the wall facing the person; the mind as fences and walls; and the mind as a withered tree: these are just “the concrete world of space.” To those who can be saved by this body, [buddhas] manifest at once this body and preach for them the Dharma; this is “to reveal the reality that is coterminous with space.” To those who can be saved by another body, [buddhas] manifest at once another body and preach for them the Dharma; this is “to reveal the reality that is coterminous with space.” Being used by the twelve hours, and being in control of the twelve hours, are both “the time when we are able to experience space.” A big stone being big and a small stone being small is “no right and nothing wrong.” We solely investigate for the present, as the right Dharma-eye treasury and the fine mind of nirvana, space like this.



    Shōbōgenzō Kokū
    Preached to the assembly at Daibutsuji in Etsu-u
    on the sixth day of the third lunar month
    in the third year of Kangen (1245)


    http://www.bdk.or.jp/pdf/bdk/digital...enzo4_2008.pdf

    Last edited by Jundo; 03-04-2016 at 05:05 AM.
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    Thank you Jundo ... I will be sitting with the recording, as I will be heading down to Victoria tomorrow (Friday) to my grannies memorial and sprinkling of her ashes over her favorite spot that her and my grandfather used to go.

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingen View Post
    Thank you Jundo ... I will be sitting with the recording, as I will be heading down to Victoria tomorrow (Friday) to my grannies memorial and sprinkling of her ashes over her favorite spot that her and my grandfather used to go.

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday
    Oh lovely, Shingen, we will be with you there.

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat today

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    The whole body is like a mouth hanging in empty space.
    Not questioning the winds from east, west, south, or north,
    Equally all of them, speaking of prajñā:
    Ding-dong-a-ling ding-dong.

    However, may there be a peaceful wind on your grandparents' favourite spot when you go there, Shingen.

    Deep bows
    Jika
    #sattoday
    治 Ji
    花 Ka

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    I will participate one way or two way depending on seating.

    Shingen, it will be different because you are always with us when I participate I know you are still there as is so often said around here. It is great that you will be present as your grandmother returns to the place she enjoyed.

    Gassho
    Doshin
    Sattoday

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    How sweet, Shingen. May she and all beings enjoy the freedom of the wind under our wings.
    I'll be sitting one way. _/st\_ Shinzan

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    Shinzan, glad to see you back and hope all is better.

    Gassho
    Doshin
    Sattoday

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    Hello!

    I'll be there live with bells ready

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Please remember I am only a priest in training. I could be wrong in everything I say. Slap me if needed.

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Mr. Spock

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    Hi! I will try to be there two-way.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    SatToday

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    Kyotai
    Sat today
    I am a student at Treeleaf. Please take what I say with a grain of salt. Gassho

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    Working late tonight, but I hope to make at least part of Zazenkai two-way (if there are seats).

    Gassho,
    Sekishi

    #SatToday
    sekishi
    石志

    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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    I'll be sitting the first portion tonight after work, and the rest over the weekend. Looking foward to the talk.

    Deep bows
    Daizan
    Sat today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingen View Post
    Thank you Jundo ... I will be sitting with the recording, as I will be heading down to Victoria tomorrow (Friday) to my grannies memorial and sprinkling of her ashes over her favorite spot that her and my grandfather used to go.

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday
    Will be thinking of you today Shingen .

    Trying to get out of work in time to get home and sit this tonight, although it will be one-way as my daughter will probably come home from her middle school dance toward the end and will want to tell me about all the drama!

    Gassho,
    Jakuden
    SatToday
    清 道 寂田
    SEIDO JAKUDEN
    I am a novice priest. Any resemblance my posts may have to actual teachings about the Dharma, living or dead, is purely coincidental (and just my attempt to be helpful).

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    Seems like the start time was earlier by an hour. Are we in the daylight savings time wrinkle?
    _/st\_

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    Yep that must be it Shinzan, I keep forgetting about the DST! Still at work. Will have to sit the recording for the parts I miss.

    Gassho
    Jakuden
    SatToday
    清 道 寂田
    SEIDO JAKUDEN
    I am a novice priest. Any resemblance my posts may have to actual teachings about the Dharma, living or dead, is purely coincidental (and just my attempt to be helpful).

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    I started 45 minutes late and didn't have a link to be part of a two-way. The Zazenkai one-way was still wonderful. Thank you. Have a good weekend.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    SatToday

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    Awwee, thank you all for your kind words, I had you all in my heart for this wonderful moment ... we were and are all together. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday #at the windy ocean #with grannies ashes
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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    Thanks to all.


    Gassho
    Myosha sat today

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    I was "spaced" out about the times (keeping with the theme of the talk) too and Google beat me again . But was there part of the time. Thank you and good weekend to all

    Gassho
    Doshin
    Sattoday
    Last edited by Doshin; 03-05-2016 at 01:24 PM.

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    Thank you all.
    Things to do forced me to split this zazenkai into parts and enjoy sitting them separately (yet not apart from space)
    Another advantage of the recording..

    Gassho
    Washin
    just sat

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    Thank you all.

    You know those days when not sitting two-way is a real advantage?
    Sincerely bowing upon opening the Sutras, I hit my head onto a chair.
    So good nobody saw that, well prepared for the talk

    Then, someone's remark completely let my mind throw metta practice away, perplexed how I am going to get the Borg in the last line, and why, and why not

    Looking up the gravitational waves now.

    Gassho
    Jika
    #sattodayouch
    治 Ji
    花 Ka

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    It was my first Zazenkai. I enjoyed taking part. I really enjoyed especially Zazen with you together and the wise words of Jundo.
    At first I could not connect. But was participating "one way".
    Despite the physical distance between us I felt that i was very close to all of you.
    Thank you all

    Gassho
    David

    Sattoday
    David Cravidão Lopes Pereira

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    Hello everyone, just finished the zazenkai ... wonderful sitting and sharing with you all. =)

    Here is a video I did up of the memorial yesterday ... was wonderful to come together. =)



    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday
    Last edited by Shingen; 03-06-2016 at 05:44 AM.
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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    Hello,

    Thank you for the moment.

    *tears*


    Gassho
    Myosha sat today

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    Beautiful, Shingen.

    Gassho
    Jika
    #sattoday
    治 Ji
    花 Ka

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    Thank you all who sat and will sit.

    Thank you Shingen

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    #SatToday
    Please remember I am only a priest in training. I could be wrong in everything I say. Slap me if needed.

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Mr. Spock

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    ...
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    For me the Dharma talk was so very good as I watched Jundo present with patience and humor. Space, the final frontier and these words reflect what might be possibility in respect, and in what all is, even matter with atoms and even solid is space. So science confirms what ancestors perceived, all is space so thank you Jundo.
    Elgwyn
    Tai Shi
    Calm Poetry
    sat today
    Gassho

    Also the beautiful video, memorial, this moment in water air earth fire, dust brought home to water.
    For the end is to know the beginning, to know the beginning is to know the end for the first time.

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    Very nice Shingen.

    Gasho, Jishin, _/st\_
    治 healing
    心 mind

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    Oh Shingen, that was beautiful! So much joy being expressed in celebration of your grannie. Thank you for sharing.

    Gassho,
    Jakuden
    SatToday
    清 道 寂田
    SEIDO JAKUDEN
    I am a novice priest. Any resemblance my posts may have to actual teachings about the Dharma, living or dead, is purely coincidental (and just my attempt to be helpful).

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    Thank you everyone for your kind words ... it truly was a day of celebration and I feel granny would be happy too that we were there sharing together! =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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    Beautiful and touching.. Thank you for sharing, Shingen.

    Gassho
    Washin
    sattoday

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    Shingen,

    Very beautiful and moving.

    Gassho
    Doshin
    Sattoday

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    Lovely Shingen. Watched with the kids.

    Gassho, Kyotai
    Sat today
    I am a student at Treeleaf. Please take what I say with a grain of salt. Gassho

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    Beautiful Shingen,

    thank you.



    Willow

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    In the talk I mention the "Three Stooges Nose Yank" ... Here it is, for those not familiar with the higher aspects of American 20th Century cinema culture ...



    Gassho, J

    SatToday
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you all.

    Gassho,
    Kotei just sat this with you today.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

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    Beautiful and very heartwarming, Shingen.

    Thank you for sharing

    Gassho,
    Joyo
    sat today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingen View Post
    Here is a video I did up of the memorial yesterday ... was wonderful to come together. =)

    Thank you, dear Shingen, for sharing this with us.

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byokan View Post
    Thank you, dear Shingen, for sharing this with us.

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat today
    Quote Originally Posted by Joyo View Post
    Beautiful and very heartwarming, Shingen.

    Thank you for sharing

    Gassho,
    Joyo
    sat today
    Thank you ... it meant a lot for me to share it with you all. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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