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    Tonglen Practice Circle first meeting!

    Dear lovely sangha members

    *trumpet fanfare* I am pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of the Tonglen Practice Circle this Sunday, July 30th @20.00 UK time (GMT+1) which will translate to the following times for other places

    Berlin, Paris, Madrid 21.00
    New York, Boston 15.00
    Chicago, Dallas, Mexico City 14.00
    LA, Portland 12.00
    Anchorage 11.00
    Tokyo 2.00 (Monday)

    It will take place in the Scheduled Sitting Room. Please read the practice instructions before attending and have some idea of what you will be doing the practice for i.e. the kind of suffering you intend to work with in addition to your own.

    I look forward to seeing you there.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday-
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    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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    Wonderful Kokuu, thank you for all your efforts! =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    SatToday/LAH

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    Member Seishin's Avatar
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    Aug 2016
    Location
    La Croix-Avranchin, Basse Normandie, France
    Family and romcom escape permitting I'll do my best to join, as this practice really interests me.

    STD


    Seishin

    Sei - Meticulous
    Shin - Heart

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    Good morning Kokuu,

    see you tonight.

    Deep bows,
    Jika
    #sattoday
    治 Ji
    花 Ka

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    Dear Kokuu

    Thank you,

    I will be there

    Tai Shi
    std lah
    Gassho
    A monk asked Yun-men, "What are the teachings of a lifetime?" Yum-men said to him, "An appropriate statement." Zen Mondo

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    Thank you, Kokuu,

    Doing my best to catch up...

    Gassho
    Washin
    sat/lah

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    Treeleaf Unsui / Engineer Sekishi's Avatar
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    Apr 2013
    Location
    Virginia, USA
    I cannot attend this week Kokuu, but I hope to next time.

    Thank you so much for offering this practice to the Sangha. And thank you to all who participate.

    Deep bows,
    Sekishi #sat
    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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    Okay, this may not happen this week.

    I have tried three different web browsers - IE, Chrome and Firefox. None will let me join/start a hangout in the SSR.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
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    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kokuu View Post
    Okay, this may not happen this week.

    I have tried three different web browsers - IE, Chrome and Firefox. None will let me join/start a hangout in the SSR.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    Can I help with something Kokuu?

    Gassho
    Shingen

    SatToday/LAH

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    Crashed on Chrome, too.
    "Hangout is no longer available"-error upon joining.
    治 Ji
    花 Ka

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    Let me create a Hangout and post the link for now and we can sort the rest out later .... does that sound good?

    Gassho
    Shingen

    SatToday/LAH

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    Hi Kokuu

    Sorry for the delay--just reschedule for a more appropriate ans easier time--perhaps next week?

    Gassho Tai Shi
    A monk asked Yun-men, "What are the teachings of a lifetime?" Yum-men said to him, "An appropriate statement." Zen Mondo

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    So sorry, I have an appointment at 3:15--thank you.

    Tai Shi
    Gassho
    std
    A monk asked Yun-men, "What are the teachings of a lifetime?" Yum-men said to him, "An appropriate statement." Zen Mondo

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    I'm doing Tonglen right now for all who suffer from technology glitches.

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat today

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    Treeleaf Unsui / Engineer Sekishi's Avatar
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    Apr 2013
    Location
    Virginia, USA
    I refreshed the scheduled-sitting-room via mobile and it appears to be open.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi #sat
    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 all.
    Have a good night/day!
    Gassho
    治 Ji
    花 Ka

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sekishi View Post
    I refreshed the scheduled-sitting-room via mobile and it appears to be open.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi #sat
    Thank you ... =)

    And thank you Kokuu, that was lovely and well done! Holding the suffering of others can be hard, but it is a wonderful practice to able to offer such a gift. This is the same gift we give in Shikantaza where we just sit and accept all conditions of life just as they are.

    Gassho
    Shingen

    SatToday

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    Thank you all for being there. As it turned out I think the issue was mine. Firefox no longer supports hangouts, IE wouldn't download the neessary plug-in and I eventually realised I needed to load the plug-in for Chrome.

    Thank you, Sekishi, if it needed to be opened your end.

    Anyway, some glitches but now I know the form hopefully it will go better next time.

    Deep bows to you all for sticking with me!

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday-
    ------------------------------------
    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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    Thank you everyone. Wonderful.. even if I experienced a little difficulty to focus
    on the visualization as my mind was scattered. I hope with practice it will get more
    balanced. Nice evening to all.

    Gassho,
    Washin
    ST

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    Sorry I was unable to make it Kokuu, I was really going to try, but there were plumbing issues at both my house and practice today Does Tonglen help with water pressure and faulty valves!?
    Gassho
    Jakuden
    SatToday


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    SEIDO JAKUDEN
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    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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    Joyo
    Guest
    I would like to join in also, Kokuu. Today I was gone for the day, but I will try to join in next time.

    Gassho,
    Joyo
    sat today/lah

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    I entered with the link Jika provided--I could find no other, and it worked. Odd, don't you think?

    Taishi
    std
    Gassho
    A monk asked Yun-men, "What are the teachings of a lifetime?" Yum-men said to him, "An appropriate statement." Zen Mondo

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    Kokuu,
    I'm still trying to find a link that will take me to the group that will work--tell me, if a group isn't scheduled for a Room, does that rome appear as am error, and is there a non-specific room and aside for ALL members?

    Tai Shi
    sat today
    Gassho
    A monk asked Yun-men, "What are the teachings of a lifetime?" Yum-men said to him, "An appropriate statement." Zen Mondo

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    Tai Shi

    I think you should still be able to get into a room even if there isn't a scheduled sitting. Sekishi was talking on the Modest Proposal thread about how to refresh the room by logging in and out again on a mobile device. I must admit I don't really know how it works completely yet but it might be worth asking him. It is still a new addition and the problems are being worked through I think.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-
    ------------------------------------
    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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    Kyotai
    Guest
    Apologies for tuning into this thread so late, regretful I missed the date. I read the original link you provided with instructions and feel comfortable moving forward in making this a part of my daily practice. I do like that you gave some instructions for "on the go" as I was thinking Tonglen Practice could quietly used at work or in the car.

    Will this be a weekly event?

    Gassho, Kyotai
    ST LAH

    Ps. Thank you for sharing this with our Sangha Kokuu

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    Last edited by Kyotai; 08-08-2017 at 12:33 AM.

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    I'd really love to join in too, and actually if it's at that time, it might be possible for me. When will the circle be sitting again?
    Gassho
    Frankie

    Satwithyoualltoday/Lah

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    Hi Kyotai and Frankie

    At the moment I am making it monthly but can do more regularly. It might end up being bi-weekly and alternating with the Coffee House.

    The next session is scheduled for Sunday 27th August.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    ------------------------------------
    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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    Kyotai
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Kokuu View Post
    Hi Kyotai and Frankie

    At the moment I am making it monthly but can do more regularly. It might end up being bi-weekly and alternating with the Coffee House.

    The next session is scheduled for Sunday 27th August.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    Thanks Kokuu

    Gassho, Kyotai
    ST LAH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kokuu View Post
    Hi Kyotai and Frankie

    At the moment I am making it monthly but can do more regularly. It might end up being bi-weekly and alternating with the Coffee House.

    The next session is scheduled for Sunday 27th August.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    Thank you Kokuu, I might be able to make that. And congratulations!!!
    Gassho
    Frankie
    satwithyoualltoday7lah

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    Kokuu, Thi Shi here, and if you find occasion to increase meetings to twice a month, count me in and perhaps there are others in our Sangha of long-term membership who might benefit form sitting in this developer of personal empathy. I see the potential for disabled people learning to respond to others in just the way others sit for them. This beautiful expression offers sensitive interaction between all members of the Zendo, making it a tool for people, empathy for others willing to share their personal needs. I thank you for this method of insight. Really, thanks.

    Tailored Shi
    st, lah
    Gassho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tai Shi View Post
    Kokuu, Thi Shi here, and if you find occasion to increase meetings to twice a month, count me in and perhaps there are others in our Sangha of long-term membership who might benefit form sitting in this developer of personal empathy. I see the potential for disabled people learning to respond to others in just the way others sit for them. This beautiful expression offers sensitive interaction between all members of the Zendo, making it a tool for people, empathy for others willing to share their personal needs. I thank you for this method of insight. Really, thanks.

    Tailored Shi
    st, lah
    Gassho

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    If indeed twice a week, I might consult my doctors of long-term membership in just such a group. Thanks again. Tai Shi Gassho, st

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    Thank you Kokuu, I might be able to make that. And congratulations!!!
    Thank you, Frankie!

    Tai Shi,

    If my health allows it, I will try and start twice monthly meetings in September. In the meantime I hope to post quotes from teachers and reminders to practice in the group.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday-
    ------------------------------------
    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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    Hi guys, once settled in our new home come September, I hope to be a regular.

    Gassho

    Myoho
    Mu

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    You are always welcome, Myoho!

    Gassho
    Kokuu
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    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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