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    July 28th Recommended Threads

    I encourage looking at these threads, topics and posts today ...

    Our DharmaRail America West 2017has begun! .... please follow along and sit along ...

    Here is the anticipated netcast Zazen schedule during the trip:

    You are invited to join in a sound project in our Art Circle ... Sound and Silence with Sekishi and Daizan ...

    Kakunen, the Japanese Novice Monk, asks: ... What do you like to do, kind of Just do it like Zazen?

    Sometimes one needs to say what needs to be said ... How to talk about people doing awful things while not violating the precepts? ...

    A video tour of the Treeleaf Zendo in Tsukuba ... not a glorious temple, just a converted old barn ...

    ... and some tips on when to bow, and not bow, during our weekly and monthly netcast Zazenkais ...

    A supposedly enlightening virtual reality game ... and why Shikantaza Zazen is -not- meditation ...

    This is a nourishing chapter ... LIVING by VOW: The Meal Chants - PP 87 to 98 (thru Verse Upon Hearing Meal Signal) ... in our "Beyond Words and Letter" Book Club ...

    And DON'T FORGET! ... the experiment continues, and we need you! ... A TREELEAF EXPERIMENT with EVERYONE’S PARTICIPATION REQUESTED: “LAH” (Lend A Hand)

    I am so glad if this place and the practice are benefiting you. If so, you might consider a DONATION to Treeleaf at this LINK, although there is absolutely no need or requirement to do so. Thank you.


    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.

    (BUT 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


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    Just a little additional note that our Tonglen Practice Circle is getting rolling ...

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