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    May 26th Recommended Threads

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

    Our weekly Zazenkai ... dedicated to our Sangha member, Sozan, his family and friends ...

    The Cat Koan and Childish Gambino ... last week's Zazenkai on violent images used for peace ...

    Some advice on dealing with anger and frustration related to recent world events ... peaceful heart in a less than peaceful world ...

    A book recommendation for the environmentally minded and active, and those who might wish to be ... Mindfully Green by Stephanie Gaza

    What is the place of Prayer in Zen Buddhism ... well, depends on the heart ...

    A lovely post by Gaby on Zen Practice and social anxiety ...

    As we close our readings of Okamura Roshi's book ... OUR NEXT BOOK: "WHAT IS ZEN?" by NORMAN FISCHER and SUSAN MOON ...

    Hunger connect ... in our Engage Projects Center ...

    Reminder ... Especially for newer folks ... FEELING LOST AROUND THE COMMUNITY? Contact our "Sangha Buddhies" ... friends to help people find their way around ...

    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 DURING THE LAST DAY BEFORE POSTING IN THE FORUM (please read about that here):

    Gassho, Jundo


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    PS -

    We just finished Rev. Okuamura's wonderful book ... LIVING by VOW: Verse to Open Sutra - pp 249-256 (END)

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