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

Please sit our Zazenkai led by Peppet the Robot ... January 25th-26th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - Do Robots Have Buddha Nature? ...

We move on in our "wordless" Book Club with Norman Fischer and Susan Moon ... WHAT IS ZEN? - Chap 9 - Stages of Practice - P. 122 to End ...

A question on thoughts... ... we can sometimes get a bit caught up about thinking about not thinking about thinking about getting caught up! ...

Our hearts and Sitting for a Teacher who changed the wider Zen Sangha ... Thich Nhat Hanh The Monk Who Taught the World Mindfulness Awaits the End of This Life ...

Atonement and At-One-Ment ... Kokuu introduces a periodic Ryaku Fusatsu (Precepts Renewal) ceremony for those who wish ...

Kakunen offers some nice Japanese Soto Zen chants ... Chant at ring big bell ...

... here too

Nishjima Roshi's Women Dharma Heirs ... all of Nishijima Roshi's students come in different flavors ...

Why not all Heart Sutra translations are just the same ... Yet another Heart Sutra Translation ...

Ever wonder about where the "Treeleaf" name "came" from? ... yes, this is a Koan! ... ...

No need to feel "small in the universe" ... Night sky observations ...

Don't forget to tell your inspiring tales (anonymously if you wish) ... Stories of Compassion and Kindness - GOJO BODHISATTVA

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