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  1. #101
    Thank you all. Much metta to all sentient beings suffering

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

  2. #102
    Thank you all who joined in and those who will sit later.
    Happy Rohatsu to you all. May we go forth in the Dharma together.

    gassho, Shokai
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

  3. #103
    Thank you, Jundo, and everyone who made this Rohatsu possible. I learned from each of the talks, and it was wonderful to practice with everyone who practiced with this and who will practice with this.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    Sat/LAH

  4. #104
    Thanks to all. It was good to see and hear the Priets in training these past two days.



    Doshin
    Stlah

  5. #105
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    Thank you all for your practice!

    Gassho,

    Shugen
    As a priest in training, please take everything I say with a pinch of salt

    Meido Shugen
    明道 修眼

  6. #106
    Hello,
    every single talk has been an eye-opener for me.
    Thank you all for your effort and for sitting this together.
    It's late night over here and the stars came out.
    Will take a short walk before sleeping.
    Gassho,
    Kotei sat.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

  7. #107
    Endless bows and gratitude to all. Metta and love.

    Gassho
    Byokan
    sat + lah
    Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

  8. #108
    Quote Originally Posted by Doshin View Post
    Thanks to all. It was good to see and hear the Priets in training these past two days.



    Doshin
    Stlah
    Ditto!
    "May I be a flashlight to all beings living in life's dreary and despicable basement" - Sean C.T.

  9. #109
    Thank you to everyone for your sincere and dedicated practice. It's such a privilege to be here.

    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).

  10. #110
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    Thank you Jundo, all our priests, and everyone for a wonderful Rohatsu.

    I had a slow start due to a technicality today. It appears my iPad had insufficient memory to log into Hangouts. Once i figured that out, and just switched to my iPhone...smooth sailing!

    Thank you for providing the links before each session. That was very helpful.

    Onto...Jukai!

    Gassho
    Frank (Kunzang)
    Satoday...joyously!

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  11. #111
    Deep bows and so much appreciation for everyone who sat and will sit. Rohatsu is always such a wonderful time with everyone coming together.

    Gassho,
    Shoka
    sattoday

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    Kodo Shoka

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  12. #112
    Thank you so much to all the priests and everyone who sat/is sitting/will sit in the ten directions. It was a lovely weekend with you all.

    Gassho

    Jen

    ST

  13. #113
    Unfortunately I did not get a chance to sit live due to work and family duties! I will use the recorded video to sit throughout the week though!

    Thanks to all involved with facilitating the retreat!

    Gassho,

    Rob

    SAT

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  14. #114
    My congratulations again to all of you who have sat or are sitting this Retreat, as well as our priests who guided sitting with such care.

    For those who could not see the Han (Wooden Block) that I was striking in our opening on the first day as the camera blurred, here are some photos. It hangs outside the front door of our Treeleaf Zendo in Tsukuba.




    It calls all sitters to Zazen. Inscribed is the traditional verse ...

    "Life and death are the great matter.
    To waste time is a pity.
    All is impermanent and passes swiftly away.
    Time waits for no one."



    The other plaque over the door contains calligraphy by Nishijima Roshi, and reads "Ko no Ha Zendo" ... Treeleaf Zendo.


    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah


    han 1.jpg

    han 2.jpg
    Last edited by Jundo; 12-10-2018 at 02:12 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  15. #115
    So sad that I had to abandon Rohatsu half way through unit 3 on day 2, my cat started having seizures and I couldn't leave my husband to deal with it all alone, I knew also that I wouldn't be fully present. However I am so grateful that I got to sit so much of the weekend live, it was wonderful. I'll be catching up with the rest of the units this week.
    Heartfelt thanks to all of you!
    Off to the vets now

    Meitou
    Satwithyoualltoday lah
    命 Mei - life
    島 Tou - island

  16. #116
    Quote Originally Posted by Meitou View Post
    So sad that I had to abandon Rohatsu half way through unit 3 on day 2, my cat started having seizures and I couldn't leave my husband to deal with it all alone, I knew also that I wouldn't be fully present. However I am so grateful that I got to sit so much of the weekend live, it was wonderful. I'll be catching up with the rest of the units this week.
    Heartfelt thanks to all of you!
    Off to the vets now

    Meitou
    Satwithyoualltoday lah
    Oh Meitou I hope the kitty is ok! May s/he be at ease. Sending Metta and hope for the best.

    Sounds to me like you were fully present and didn't abandon anything. Deep bows.

    Gassho
    Byokan
    sat + lah
    Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

  17. #117
    Also want to give thanks to Jundo for, well, everything of course... but especially this year, the reading of the Differently-Abled Ancestors. Such a beautiful moment, and really exemplifies what we're all about here.

    Gassho
    Byokan
    sat + lah
    Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

  18. #118
    Hello all,

    Happy Rohatsu! I'm beginning my retreat today and hoping to finish on Wednesday. I will have to stretch it out due to some back issues and more home repairs but so happy to be able to participate for another year.


    Meitou - I hope you and kitty are doing okay!

    Thank you to all of you!

    Gassho,
    Kelly/Jinmei
    onretreat

  19. #119
    Thank you to everyone who participated or will participate in the future.

    I wasn't able to do the full retreat but I did sit with you each morning and evening. I will do some catch-up later. I am particularly keen to hear the dharma talks from our priests.


    Tairin
    Sat today and lah

  20. #120
    Wow! Rohatsu was amazing. I was totally exhausted by the end of it. My hips hurt, my back ached. I don't think I could have sat zazen for a single minute longer. But I also found that after being with everyone for so long and sitting all the way through to the end, I wished we could all go out for pizza and beer to celebrate.

    Instead, I took two ibuprofen and had a long nap.

    Today, I'm feeling love and deep gratitude to this sangha.

    Gassho,
    Kate

    sattoday
    Kate

  21. #121
    Wasn't able to sit live on day 2. Will be catching up here and there over the next week or so.

    James F
    Sat

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  22. #122
    Quote Originally Posted by Kate View Post
    Wow! Rohatsu was amazing. I was totally exhausted by the end of it. My hips hurt, my back ached. I don't think I could have sat zazen for a single minute longer. But I also found that after being with everyone for so long and sitting all the way through to the end, I wished we could all go out for pizza and beer to celebrate.

    Instead, I took two ibuprofen and had a long nap.

    Today, I'm feeling love and deep gratitude to this sangha.

    Gassho,
    Kate

    sattoday
    Hi Kate!

    I was exhausted too! I had a nice dinner here at home, but in my heart I wanted to be with you all. I'm happy it was a good experience for you.

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Sat/LAH
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

  23. #123
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    I kinda felt the same way! Excited, fulfilled, etc, but achey back and hips. If it was a brick and mortar Zendo, is been up for a pizza, or coffee or something, just to share experiences!

    It was Definately..."ALL GOOD" !

    FRANK

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  24. #124
    I was totally exhausted by the end of it. My hips hurt, my back ached. I don't think I could have sat zazen for a single minute longer.
    I felt the same. This was my first time with repeated, extended zazen. I wasn't prepared for feeling so beat when I woke up on day 2! But it gave me a renewed appreciation for kinhin

    Thank you all for your preparation, facilitation, and participation. I was able to join live for about 1/2 the sessions, including the opening and closing. A wonderful introductory experience.

    Sat today. Gassho.


    No merit. Vast emptiness. I don't know.

  25. #125
    The other plaque over the door contains calligraphy by Nishijima Roshi, and reads "Ko no Ha Zendo" ... Treeleaf Zendo.
    At first I didn't realize you'd included the translation. A quick trip to Google turned "Ko no Ha Zendo" into "this is a fact". Oddly accurate, if wrong.

    Sat today.

    Gassho


    No merit. Vast emptiness. I don't know.

  26. #126
    Todd;
    you were lucky,at World Lingo Translation Services you get "wooden leaf"

    And if you are really not careful which kanji to use zendo can translate to peristalsis or crawling like a worm.

    gassho, Shokai
    stlah
    Last edited by Shokai; 12-10-2018 at 08:16 PM.
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

  27. #127
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    Still in the middle of it, but thank you all for a wonderful Rohatsu.

    Gassho, sat today, lah
    迎 Geika

  28. #128
    Quote Originally Posted by Meitou View Post
    So sad that I had to abandon Rohatsu half way through unit 3 on day 2, my cat started having seizures and I couldn't leave my husband to deal with it all alone, I knew also that I wouldn't be fully present. However I am so grateful that I got to sit so much of the weekend live, it was wonderful. I'll be catching up with the rest of the units this week.
    Heartfelt thanks to all of you!
    Off to the vets now

    Meitou
    Satwithyoualltoday lah
    When I was on my first week of unemployment, my cat Penny caught a bad case of conjuctivitis. This is when Zen training kicked in, I had to have faith things will work out. They will for you and your cat. Hopefully, the seizures will get under control.
    "May I be a flashlight to all beings living in life's dreary and despicable basement" - Sean C.T.

  29. #129
    Quote Originally Posted by Kate View Post
    Wow! Rohatsu was amazing. I was totally exhausted by the end of it. My hips hurt, my back ached. I don't think I could have sat zazen for a single minute longer. But I also found that after being with everyone for so long and sitting all the way through to the end, I wished we could all go out for pizza and beer to celebrate.

    Instead, I took two ibuprofen and had a long nap.

    Today, I'm feeling love and deep gratitude to this sangha.

    Gassho,
    Kate

    sattoday
    I slept in today, I needed a heated microwavable pack for my legs when I when done! Oi veis! Feeling connection with all you beautiful people.
    "May I be a flashlight to all beings living in life's dreary and despicable basement" - Sean C.T.

  30. #130
    > But it gave me a renewed appreciation for kinhin <

    Kinhin! Ha! Ha! Ha! I thought the same thing! Somebody knew what he was doing when he invented that. -Kate


    Sat today. Sat a LONG time yesterday. LAH/Gassho/etc.
    Kate

  31. #131
    I'm getting ready to start day2. Yes, I'm feeling day 1 of retreat...in my bones. My knee swelled and I couldn't sit seiza anymore, so I found sitting at the top of my stairs with my feet on the third step going down to be a nice solution. This way, I can also use the handrail to help get up if/when needed .


    Especially through the aches and pains, it has been wonderful thus far. Once again, many thanks and bows to you Jundo and all Unsui for making this possible.

    These are my retreat companions.
    retreatbuddies.jpg

    Let's begin...
    Gassho,
    Kelly/Jinmei
    onretreat

  32. #132
    Quote Originally Posted by KellyRok View Post
    I'm getting ready to start day2. Yes, I'm feeling day 1 of retreat...in my bones. My knee swelled and I couldn't sit seiza anymore, so I found sitting at the top of my stairs with my feet on the third step going down to be a nice solution. This way, I can also use the handrail to help get up if/when needed .


    Especially through the aches and pains, it has been wonderful thus far. Once again, many thanks and bows to you Jundo and all Unsui for making this possible.

    These are my retreat companions.
    retreatbuddies.jpg

    Let's begin...
    Gassho,
    Kelly/Jinmei
    onretreat
    Don't overdo. Recline, sit in a chair, do what you need. Young monks can push themselves like marines in boot camp, old monks need to watch the arthritic knees.

    for example, our special Zazenkai a few years ago with the great Rev. Tonen O'Connor who came for a visit, and had to sit Zazen in a chair ...



    Gassho, J

    STLah
    Last edited by Jundo; 12-11-2018 at 12:45 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  33. #133
    Hi All,-
    I am pleased to report that I was able to sit with Tonen O' Conner for a full 30 min for the first time in a while, 30 min with Treeleaf, and there was no time, 30 min was as ten minutes. With my new medicine (injection, non-narcotic) a biological, after 5 months of medicine every 4 wk.s it's finally working, no pain while sitting with honored Tonen O' Conner, This is years in coming. Thank you.

    Tai Shi
    sat today/lah
    Gassho
    Last edited by Tai Shi; 12-11-2018 at 02:10 PM. Reason: spelling
    "We cannot enjoy life if we spend a lot of time worrying about what happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow." Thich Nhat Hanh

  34. #134
    Quote Originally Posted by Tai Shi View Post
    Hi All,-
    I am pleased to report that I was able to sit with Tonen O' Conner for a full 30 min for the first time in a while, 30 min with Treeleaf, and there was no time, 30 min was as ten minutes. With my new medicine (injection, non-narcotic) a biological, after 5 months of medicine every 4 wk.s it's finally working, no pain while sitting with honored Tonen O' Conner, This is years in coming. Thank you.

    Tai Shi
    sat today/lah
    Gassho
    Wonderful news!

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  35. #135
    Quote Originally Posted by Tai Shi View Post
    ... it's finally working, no pain while sitting with honored Tonen O' Conner, This is years in coming. Thank you.

    Tai Shi
    sat today/lah
    Gassho
    So happy to hear this, Tai Shi!

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat + lah
    Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

  36. #136
    Quote Originally Posted by Tai Shi View Post
    Hi All,-
    I am pleased to report that I was able to sit with Tonen O' Conner for a full 30 min for the first time in a while, 30 min with Treeleaf, and there was no time, 30 min was as ten minutes. With my new medicine (injection, non-narcotic) a biological, after 5 months of medicine every 4 wk.s it's finally working, no pain while sitting with honored Tonen O' Conner, This is years in coming. Thank you.

    Tai Shi
    sat today/lah
    Gassho
    What a good news, Tai Shi!

    Gassho
    Washin
    stlah
    Wa (和) Harmony
    Shin (心) Heart-Mind

  37. #137
    Quote Originally Posted by KellyRok View Post

    These are my retreat companions.
    retreatbuddies.jpg

    Let's begin...
    Gassho,
    Kelly/Jinmei
    onretreat
    That's funny, my cats didn't come investigate at all. Must have overheard that cat story.

    Gassho

    Jen

    ST

  38. #138
    Quote Originally Posted by KellyRok View Post
    I'm getting ready to start day2. Yes, I'm feeling day 1 of retreat...in my bones. My knee swelled and I couldn't sit seiza anymore, so I found sitting at the top of my stairs with my feet on the third step going down to be a nice solution. This way, I can also use the handrail to help get up if/when needed .


    Especially through the aches and pains, it has been wonderful thus far. Once again, many thanks and bows to you Jundo and all Unsui for making this possible.

    These are my retreat companions.
    retreatbuddies.jpg

    Let's begin...
    Gassho,
    Kelly/Jinmei
    onretreat
    Kelly,

    Awe such cute companions!

    I'm sure we have many 4 legged treeleaf retreater, Terra sat all of the retreat with me.

    Gassho,

    Shoka
    Sattoday



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    Kodo Shoka

    Please don't take anything I say as anything more than just a normal person's thoughts on the topic. I'm just stumbling through life trying to be helpful, but really don't know much.

  39. #139
    Marshmallow also joined in right after Jakuden's session.

    James F
    Sat

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  40. #140
    Thanks everyone who participated. It was a great experience for me. I enjoyed the talks by the Unsui it was interesting to hear their takes on things. I liked the discussion on Nanchuan's cat. I have often wondered if this was a sort of King Solomon's case with the baby. Perhaps both groups were arguing that they desired the cat and so the solution was to cut it in half. Perhaps a teaching on desire and attachment. I can never really get a handle on that story. I find it interesting that Nanchuan's cat is kind of a Schrodinger's cat in that whether it lives or dies kind of depends on the listener's (or reader's) perspective.

    Anyway, I thought all the talks were great and I really appreciated being with everyone.

    Gassho, Shinshi

    SaT-LaH

  41. #141
    I am just getting over a stubborn chest/upper respiratory virus that knocked me out for the past week, so unfortunately I missed Rohatsu. I have just now found this thread and the recording, and I greatly look forward to sitting and enjoying the broadcast with you all in the "eternal now" of zazen.

    Thank you all for sharing your practice.

    Gassho
    kim
    st/lh
    Each day is another chance to try again.
    "Not all those who wander are lost." (J.R.R. Tolkien)

  42. #142
    Quote Originally Posted by allwhowander View Post
    I am just getting over a stubborn chest/upper respiratory virus that knocked me out for the past week, so unfortunately I missed Rohatsu. I have just now found this thread and the recording, and I greatly look forward to sitting and enjoying the broadcast with you all in the "eternal now" of zazen.

    Thank you all for sharing your practice.

    Gassho
    kim
    st/lh
    Be well, and do only what the body will allow.

    Gassho, Jundo

    stlah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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