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    March 29th-30th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - Remember Daylight Savings!

    REMEMBER- Daylight Savings in US and Canada, not yet Europe! Check Start Times Below.

    Hello All,

    Please 'sit-a-long' with our weekly FRIDAY/SATURDAY 'LIVE FROM TREELEAF' 90 minute ZAZENKAI, netcast from 10am Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 9pm, Los Angeles 6pm (Friday night), London 1am and Paris 2am (early Saturday morning)

    ... and to be visible on the following screen during those times and sit-a-long-able any time thereafter ...

    LIVE ZAZENKAI NETCAST IS HERE:
    CLICK ON THE TAB ON LOWER RIGHT FOR 'FULL SCREEN





    FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO JOIN TO SIT LIVE WITH A CAMERA, A LINK TO JOIN WILL BE POSTED BELOW IN THIS THREAD ABOUT 15 MINUTES BEFORE START TIME. JUST CLICK AND JOIN. WE ARE NOW LIMITED TO 10 INDIVIDUALS WITH CAMERAS, BUT ANY NUMBER CAN WATCH LIVE 'ONE WAY' AND SIT-A-LONG VIA THE ABOVE SCREEN. IF JOINING WITH CAMERA, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR MICROPHONE IS MUTED::

    00:00 – 00:15 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA in English) and Dedication
    00:15 – 00:45 ZAZEN
    00:45 – 00:55 KINHIN
    00:55 – 01:25 ZAZEN
    01:25 – 01:30 VERSE OF ATONEMENT & FOUR VOWS


    As you can see, our Zazenkai consists of chanting the 'Heart Sutra' in English (the words are at the link below), some full floor prostrations in sets of three (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish), followed by our Dedication, Zazen twice for about 30 minutes each, with 10 minutes of Kinhin in between, and we end the sitting with 'The Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'.

    Please join us in the Chanting of the Heart Sutra (although please keep your microphone muted). You can download and print out the Chants we will recite at the following link (PDF):


    Chant Book (PDF)

    or

    Chant Book (SHORT VERSION HTML)

    Not everyone realizes that they can join in the Chanting of the Heart Sutra, Verse of Atonement and Four Vows (although we ask that you keep your microphone down). Please follow along with the Chant Book, and let your voice ring!

    So, please join us as soon as you can, and we will keep a Zafu open for you.

    Remember, when we drop all thought of 'here' 'there' 'now' 'then' ... we are sitting all together!


    Gassho, Jundo

    SatTodayLAH

    PS - There is no "wrong" or "right" in Zazen ... yet here is a little explanation of the "right" times to Bow (A Koan) ...


    The other video I mention on Zendo decorum is this one, from our "Always Beginners" video Series:

    Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (12) - Basic Zendo Decorum At Home
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...093#post189093
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Hi folks! It’s been years since I was in a Zazenkai live? If I make it on time I think because of new advances in biological medication I can make Th distance (Cosentix) which results in non- Narcotics pain control! Do yo think I could do it Jundo if I’m one time?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tai Shi View Post
    Hi folks! It’s been years since I was in a Zazenkai live? If I make it on time I think because of new advances in biological medication I can make Th distance (Cosentix) which results in non- Narcotics pain control! Do yo think I could do it Jundo if I’m one time?


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    Hi Tai Shi,

    If you can make it, and it is not too diffiicult for you, please do. If not, you are still fully present in heart.

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you Jundo, I will be there live two way. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    Sat/LAH
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

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    I will sit on one way.I will go to green field.

    I hope I will be with Zen mind at green field.

    Gassho
    Sat today
    Kakunen

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    I will be time shifting - can't wait to see you all in a bit.

    Gassho, Shinshi

    SaT-LaH
    空道 心志 Kudo Shinshi
    I am just a priest-in-training, any resemblance between what I post and actual teachings is purely coincidental.

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    Hi Jundo,

    I'll be there... if work and traffic allow

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Sat/LAH
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Hey folks,

    Here is the event link for today's zazenkai: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts...90706458&pli=1

    Gassho
    Shingen

    Sat/LAH
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

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    Thank you, Jundo and Shingen. The link doesn't work for me. I will join one-way tonight.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    Sat/LAH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onkai View Post
    Thank you, Jundo and Shingen. The link doesn't work for me. I will join one-way tonight.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    Sat/LAH
    Can you try this?

    https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts...90706458&pli=1
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

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    Thank you, Shingen. That doesn't work for me, either. I may have to restart my computer before I can connect with Hangouts, unless nobody is able to connect.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    Sat/LAH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onkai View Post
    Thank you, Shingen. That doesn't work for me, either. I may have to restart my computer before I can connect with Hangouts, unless nobody is able to connect.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    Sat/LAH
    Kyonin was able to get in ... maybe give your computer a start
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

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    Thank you Jundo and everyone ... great to sit with you all. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    Sat/LAH
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

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    Thanks Jundo, and everyone.

    Gassho,

    Mitka SAT
    Former Matthew. Really appreciate it if you would call me Mitka.

    Peace starts with you.

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    Thank you Jundo, Shingen, Kyonin and Daniella. Just got home after a busy day; heading for bed. Have a great week.

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

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    Thank you, Jundo, Shingen, and everyone. It is always wonderful to practice with a zazenkai. Have a great weekend!

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    Sat/LAH

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    Question of the Week: Does it take energy to meditate? I've been going through a streak of meditations where I want to fall asleep after the bell rings on my meditation timer.

    Thank you for the Zazenkai, that was a long night, but I was determined to make it. You wouldn't notice if I was late, because Google Hangouts was broken. I rushed home from Safeway to get to Zazenkai on time. I missed the bus, which resulted in getting in late. I did the "bodhisattva way", taken care of the animals first, despite wanting to take off my jacket and shoes. Pet's tend to slow us down, and help us enjoy life in the present moment. So, I stood in front of the Buddha statue eating a carrot mindfully, then went back to housework. I still made it!

    Looking forward to Shingens talk next week for our 4-Hour Zazenkai.

    Gassho,

    Sean C.T.

    Sat/LaH
    "May I be a flashlight to all beings living in life's dreary and despicable basement" - Sean C.T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beakon View Post
    Question of the Week: Does it take energy to meditate? I've been going through a streak of meditations where I want to fall asleep after the bell rings on my meditation timer.

    Thank you for the Zazenkai, that was a long night, but I was determined to make it. You wouldn't notice if I was late, because Google Hangouts was broken. I rushed home from Safeway to get to Zazenkai on time. I missed the bus, which resulted in getting in late. I did the "bodhisattva way", taken care of the animals first, despite wanting to take off my jacket and shoes. Pet's tend to slow us down, and help us enjoy life in the present moment. So, I stood in front of the Buddha statue eating a carrot mindfully, then went back to housework. I still made it!

    Looking forward to Shingens talk next week for our 4-Hour Zazenkai.

    Gassho,

    Sean C.T.

    Sat/LaH
    Hi Sean,

    I like your Bodhisattva Way of feeding the animals first.

    Yes, it is best not to sleep during Zazen if possible. You seem to be tired. Zazen relaxes us to that peaceful border between wakefulness and sleep, so it is easy to slip over. This is why Zen monks have always had a love affair with tea and caffeine (I am coffee).

    Even in Keizan's day back in the 14th Century, this was an issue. Some of his recommendations when tired ...

    Although we should not be anxious about bodily life, insufficient clothing, insufficient food, and insufficient sleep are called the three insufficiencies and will cause our practice to suffer.

    ... If dullness or sleepiness overcome your sitting, move the body and open the eyes wider, or place attention above the hairline or between your eyebrows. If you are still not fresh, rub the eyes or the body. If that still doesn't wake you, stand up and walk, always clockwise. Once you've gone about a hundred steps you probably won't be sleepy any longer. The way to walk is to take a half step with each breath. Walk without walking, silent and unmoving [i.e., kinhin].

    If you still don't feel fresh after doing kinhin, wash your eyes and forehead with cold water. Or chant the "Three Pure Precepts of the Bodhisattvas". Do something; don't just fall asleep. You should be aware of the great matter of birth and death and the swiftness of impermanence. What are you doing sleeping when your eye of the way is still clouded? If dullness and sinking arise repeatedly you should chant, "Habituality is deeply rooted and so I am wrapped in dullness. When will dullness disperse? May the compassion of the buddhas and patriarchs lift this darkness and misery."
    http://antaiji.org/archives/eng/zzyk.shtml
    Gassho, j

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    March 29th-30th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - Remember Daylight Savings!

    Thank you, Jundo. I've been having a hard time, but this confirms what I've been contemplating. He was right in practicing kinhin, because it's effective in creating wakefulness. Is there anything we should do before shikantaza to improve wakefulness?

    I'm doing a daily ritual where I make a "sleep sanctuary" to improve sleep quality. It's impressive how meditation practice improves upon stress management and learning about wakefulness.

    Now I want to do kinhin counter clock-wise!



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    Well, can't wack yourself with a Kyosaku stick, so Kannon will help you ...

    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    I sat on one way in train.

    Thank you very much.

    After farming,I need to go ceremony at Tokyo.

    Suddenly.





    Sometimes life is busy but stay calm.

    Gassho
    Sat today
    Kakunen


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    Thank you for the zazenkai, have a great weekend!

    Anant
    SaT

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    I was able to attend for the first time last night! I will have to review your links above to familiarize myself with the chants and the bows, but it was nice.

    The zazenkai was difficult for me, but absolutely worth it. My mind was so filled with clutter that I wasn't able to fully release. Or perhaps I did, but it was persistent. I also had issues with trying to fall asleep.

    I have noticed that if miss a day or two of zazen, my next sit tends to be like this. Unfortunately I had just put my daughter to bed when zazenkai started, so I had no time for tea. Next time I think I might make it, I'll be sure to have tea ready ahead of time!

    I must say, as a beginner, that I never thought that zazen could feel like a workout until last night!
    "Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train"-Ueshiba Morihei

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    Couldn’t stay awake to sit live last night, but sat with you all this morning. Thank you

    Gassho
    Jakuden
    SatToday


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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    The zazenkai was difficult for me, but absolutely worth it. My mind was so filled with clutter that I wasn't able to fully release. Or perhaps I did, but it was persistent. I also had issues with trying to fall asleep.
    When the mind is busy, allow it is be busy and just sit. When the mind is clear, allow the mind to be clear and just sit. When sitting we just sit not searching for or pushing away any other state then the one that is right there. The great thing about this practice is those states continue to come and go naturally on their own, we are just not affected by them. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    Sat/LAH
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

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    Thank you so much Shingen! Perhaps I just took the bit about turning our attention back the wrong way and was striving too much. I will continue to sit and do my best not to try too hard haha
    Gassho
    "Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train"-Ueshiba Morihei

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    Thank you everyone. I sat with you this rainy afternoon.


    Tairin
    Sat today and lah
    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

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    Hey Victor! Welcome to our Zazenkai, where we dance the hoki poki sometimes and have feelings of interconnectedness. Yes, the Zazenkai is hard, yeah? Aight. You deserve an ole' pat on the back for trying. You must feel very proud of yourself for trying something that is difficult. Like starting all new things (playing guitar, starting a relationship, learning a new job, etc) it takes time. You might've heard the saying that goes "the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step". The benefit of doing Zazenkai is you have a support system, like a workout partner, try not to imagine Buddha in workout clothing. We are there for you, all of us encourage each other. Also, a great exercise strategy is encouraging others and being a team.

    Guys.......

    I found a new lunch time gatha...




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    Thank you all for this zazenkai. Just finished sitting late tonight.

    Welcome to Treeleaf, Victor! I often feel like zazenkai is an endurance sport, too. You are not alone. :-)

    Gassho,
    Melanie
    SatToday/LAH

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    Thank you for the Zazenkai, I sat with you all this morning.

    I heard my daughter stir at one point and I thought I was going to have to cut short but thankfully she went back to sleep.




    Gassho,
    Neil
    SatToday

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnlistedHipster View Post
    Thank you for the Zazenkai, I sat with you all this morning.

    I heard my daughter stir at one point and I thought I was going to have to cut short but thankfully she went back to sleep.




    Gassho,
    Neil
    SatToday
    Getting up to sit withe our kids is all part of Zazenkai here when needed.

    Good sitting with you today, Neil.

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Getting up to sit withe our kids is all part of Zazenkai here when needed.

    Good sitting with you today, Neil.

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    I thought I noticed a small person join you at one point in the video.

    Mine insists on cartoons and to sit on my shoulders, maybe this is the next phase of my Shikantaza practice - to sit with Paw Patrol and a small person on my shoulders.

    Gassho,

    Neil

    ST

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnlistedHipster View Post
    I thought I noticed a small person join you at one point in the video.

    Mine insists on cartoons and to sit on my shoulders, maybe this is the next phase of my Shikantaza practice - to sit with Paw Patrol and a small person on my shoulders.

    Gassho,

    Neil

    ST
    Oh ... Jundo's daughter has come and sat on his shoulders during zazen, Dharma talk ... all wonderful! =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    Sat/LAH
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingen View Post
    Oh ... Jundo's daughter has come and sat on his shoulders during zazen, Dharma talk ... all wonderful! =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    Sat/LAH
    This time she came to say that the goldfish had died. We had a small Heart Sutra service after the Zazenkai.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    This time she came to say that the goldfish had died. We had a small Heart Sutra service after the Zazenkai.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    May all goldfish who leave this visible world be a peace.

    Gassho
    Shingen

    Sat/LAH
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

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    March 29th-30th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - Remember Daylight Savings!

    Quote Originally Posted by Beakon View Post
    Hey Victor! Welcome to our Zazenkai, where we dance the hoki poki sometimes and have feelings of interconnectedness. Yes, the Zazenkai is hard, yeah? Aight. You deserve an ole' pat on the back for trying. You must feel very proud of yourself for trying something that is difficult. Like starting all new things (playing guitar, starting a relationship, learning a new job, etc) it takes time. You might've heard the saying that goes "the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step". The benefit of doing Zazenkai is you have a support system, like a workout partner, try not to imagine Buddha in workout clothing. We are there for you, all of us encourage each other. Also, a great exercise strategy is encouraging others and being a team.

    Guys.......

    I found a new lunch time gatha...




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    Omigosh that video is the best thing ever.

    Gassho and LOL!
    Jakuden
    SatToday/LAH

    PS Haven’t thought of “Pinky and the Brain” in decades!!!!!

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    SEIDO JAKUDEN
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    This time she came to say that the goldfish had died. We had a small Heart Sutra service after the Zazenkai.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    Aw, sorry, Metta to Chao Chao, losing a pet is hard. Peace to all fishy sentient beings
    Gassho
    Jakuden
    SatToday/LAH


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    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).

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    Sorry to hear about the goldfish.

    Please tell Chao Chao we sit with her and the all fishes in the universe

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Sat/LAH
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Thank you all. Just finished sitting this one.
    Metta for Chao Chao

    Gassho
    Washin
    st
    Kaido (有道) Every Way
    Washin (和信) Harmony Trust

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    Sat 'with you all' on Sunday morning. Sorry for not thanking you earlier.
    Sorry to hear about the loss of the goldfishes. But I am grateful for the spirit of allowing Jundo Sensei's daughter in the zendo (Metta to her and the fishes). To actually experience that practice is not separate from our normal lives - wonderful!

    Currently I am sneezing and coughing constantly (feverish cold) - maybe I will be saving up the 4hour zazenkai coming next weekend till I can recite without sneezing on my chantbook.

    Gassho
    Gero (sat today)

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    Thank you all.

    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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    Sat with you today.
    Thank you everyone.
    Gassho,
    Kotei sat/lah today.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

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    Thank you for this Zazenkai. Much metta to your daughter for the gold fish, Jundo.
    Gassho,
    Sat today

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