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

Please sit, any place or time, our Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai (this one marking Friday the 13th!) ... sit it, or face seven years of bad luck! ...

Today, we also had a short, one sitting Zazenkai with Fabrice ... my Dharma Nephew from Martinique in the Lineage of Nishijima Roshi ...

For our Jukai folks, always a big topic ... PRECEPTS V - To Refrain from Misusing Sexuality ...

... and Ango Practice Partner Exercise #3 ... let's be thankful for that ...

In the "Wordless Book Club" ... Okumura Roshi continues his Heart Sutra Reflections ... LIVING by VOW: The Heart Sutra - pp 138 to 174 (Stopping at “Both Sides”) ...

And putting it all into life practice, a very honest short film about Okumura Roshi as the dad of a son looking for himself ...

A lovely essay by Kokuu ... Bodhidharma and Huike: how much are you willing to give? ...

I come from a long line of annoying teachers ... from the Onion ... Historians Discover Meditation Spread From Ancient China By Annoying Monk ...

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