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Thread: July 1st-2nd, 2016 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI!

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    July 1st-2nd, 2016 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI!

    Today's Talk will carry off recent Koans from the Book of Serenity, POSTED BELOW.

    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 5am (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; 07-28-2016 at 08:10 PM. Reason: Fixed bad podcast episode link.
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    Cases from the Book of Serenity

    CASE 54
    Ungans Great Compassionate One


    PREFACE TO THE ASSEMBLY
    The eight compass points bright and clear. The ten directions unobstructed. Everywhere, bright light shakes the earth. All the time there is marvelous functioning and the supernatural. Tell me: How can this occur?

    MAIN CASE
    Attention! Ungan asked Dogo, ''What does the great compassionate bodhisattva do when she uses her manifold hands and eyes?" Dogo said, "It's like a man who reaches behind him at night to search for his pillow." Ungan said, "I understand." Dogo said, "What do you understand?" Ungan said, "All over the body are hands and eyes." Dogo said, "You've really said it—you got eighty percent of it." Ungan asked, "Elder brother, how about you?" Dogo replied, "Throughout the body are hands and eyes."

    APPRECIATORY VERSE
    One hole penetrates space. Eight directions are clear and bright.
    Without forms, without self, spring follows the rules.
    Unstopped, unhindered, the moon traverses the sky.
    Clean, pure, jeweled eyes and virtuous arms:
    Where is the approval in "throughout the body" instead of "all over the body"?
    Hands and eyes before you manifest complete functioning.
    The great function is everywhere. How could there be any hindrance?

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    CASE 55:
    Seppo the Rice Cook



    PREFACE TO THE ASSEMBLY
    Ice is colder than water. Green derives from blue.
    When one's viewpoint excels that of the teacher, one is ready for transmission.
    If the children who are raised are not equal to their parents, the family will decline in a single generation.
    Tell me: Who is the one who snatches up the father's function?


    MAIN CASE
    Attention! Seppo served as cook while at Tokusan's monastery. One day the meal was late. Old Master Tokusan arrived at the Dharma hall holding his bowls.
    Seppo remarked, "Old fellow, the gong has not yet rung. The drum has not yet sounded. So where are you going with the bowls?"
    At that, Tokusan returned to his quarters.
    Seppo told Ganto about this, and Ganto remarked, "As you might expect, Tokusan does not yet understand the last word."
    Hearing of this, Tokusan called an attendant to summon Ganto, and asked, "Don't you approve of this old monk?"
    Ganto whispered his intended meaning, whereupon Tokusan desisted.
    The next day, when he went to the Dharma hall to speak, Tokusan was not the same as usual. Rubbing his hands and laughing,
    Ganto cried, "Luckily, the old fellow has understood the last word. From now on, no one under heaven will be able to prevail over him."


    APPRECIATORY VERSE
    The last word: understood or not?
    Tokusan, father and sons, are exceedingly abstruse.
    Within the group there's a guest from Konan.
    Don't sing the partridge's song before men.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    CASE 56
    Mishi's White Rabbit


    PREFACE TO THE ASSEMBLY
    Although one is forever sinking down, one doesn't seek the sage's liberation. In the Hall of Constant Torment, Devadatta experienced the joy of the third stage of Zen. From the Heaven above, the great being Udraka Ramaputra fell down into the body of an otter. Tell me: Where is the gain or loss?

    MAIN CASE
    Attention! When Mishi Haku was accompanying Tozan, he saw a white rabbit run across in front of them. Mishi Haku said, "How quick!" and Tozan said, "How's that?" Mishi Haku replied, "It's like a commoner being appointed magistrate." And Tozan chided, "As great and experienced a person as you using such words!" Mishi Haku said, "How about you?" Tozan said, "The Ancestor's crown has sunk low for a time."

    Contending strength with frost and snow,
    footsteps alike in cloud and heaven:
    Kake left the country; Shojo crossed the room.
    Shoso's strategy made the Han Dynasty prosper.
    Sokyo's body and mind wanted to avoid Gyo.
    Favor and disgrace do unsettle.
    Have firm faith in yourself.
    The genuine spirit--mingling footprints, mixing with fishermen and woodcutters.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    CASE 57
    Genyo's One Thing


    PREFACE TO THE ASSEMBLY
    Fiddling with shadows, toiling with forms.
    It's not understood that forms are the basis for shadows.
    Raising the voice to quiet an echo.
    It's not known that the voice is the root of the echo.
    You don't ride on an ox to look for an ox.
    This is using a wedge to remove a wedge.
    How can you avoid this error?


    MAIN CASE
    Attention! Venerable Genyo asked Joshu, "Where there is not one thing, what then?"
    Joshu replied, "Throw it away."
    Old Master Genyo said, "With not one thing, what is there to throw away?"
    Joshu remarked, "Then carry it off."


    APPRECIATORY VERSE
    Be inattentive to careful moves and you lose to the opponent.
    Learn for yourself that it's a shame to be surrounded due to carelessness.
    The game ended, an axe-handle at the waist has rotted.
    Washing clean a bumpkin, sporting with hermits.

    ~~~~~~~~~~
    Last edited by Jundo; 07-01-2016 at 01:13 AM.
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    Thank you Jundo, I will be there live. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    s@today
    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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    Thank you, Jundo. I plan to be there two-way, tech allowing; otherwise one-way.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    SatToday

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    It has been ages since I have been able to sit with you all, as I have been traveling lately and haven't been able to coordinate timings. I was keen to be there tomorrow, but I am off to Phnom Penh in the morning; maybe next week!

    Gassho,
    Anshu

    -st-

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    Will be here/there.

    Gassho
    Daizan

    Sat today

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    Will try to make it for at least the end. I can't join for the full 4 hrs as I've got family commitments today.

    Gassho,
    Joyo
    sat today

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    I will be there live one-way

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat today

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    We have visitors this evening for Canada Day. Need to be part of it. I'll sit over the weekend.

    Gassho

    Daizan

    sat today
    As a trainee I ask that all comments by me on matters of Dharma be taken with "a grain of salt".

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    Thank you Jundo and everyone, always lovely to sit and practice with you. Had to leave a little early, as I too have a Canada Day event to attend. Happy Canada Day! =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    s@today
    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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    Thank you all for sitting.

    Thanks to Sada for making us laugh

    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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    Got a bit of a late start but was able to sit most of this one! Didn't expect all the entertainment, LOL! Jundo your daughter is adorable. Thank you for the talk, the Koans are getting less intimidating.

    Thanks everyone and have a good Canada Day and Fourth of July weekend!

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyonin View Post
    Thank you all for sitting.

    Thanks to Sada for making us laugh

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    #SatToday
    My feelings exactly.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    SatToday

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    Perfect! Thank you dear Sangha!

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat today

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    Dear Zendo

    I am still struggling with my pain procedure so I was not here tonight--I will sit quietly with the video in the morning--Thank you.

    Tai Shi
    sat today
    Gassho
    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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    Thanks to all.


    Gassho
    Myosha
    sat today

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    Perfectly imperfect!

    Sada, you are the cutest ... I so chuckled when I saw her on Jundo's shoulders during zazen ... now that training. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    s@today
    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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    In my imperfect practice i only sat with the live zazenkai in the last 3 hours.
    It is great to be with all of you here in Treeleaf.
    Thank you very much Jundo and everyone.

    Gassho, David

    Sattoday
    David Cravidão Lopes Pereira

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    Thank you, all.

    Gassho
    Meishin
    sat today

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    Podcast episode link fixed.

    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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