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

Please sit any time with our weekly Treeleaf Zazenkai ...

Kokuu writes of his health for all those facing chronic illness ... Strong back, soft front ...

Questions on the meaning of "Dukkha" in Buddhism ... Translation and suffering ...

Some disagreement on the value of online Sangha ... Bro. Brad Warner's comments on Online Zazen ... and my response ...

A page about Niwa Zenji, Our Dharma Grandfather ...

A fillm about Okumura Roshil and his kids ... Children of Buddhist monks ...

About the mantra of the Heart Sutra ... Supreme mantra? ...

Soto Zen Practice at Europe ... from the Deshimaru Lineage and Nishijima Roshi's students too ...

Looks like it may be a good book, waiting for mine in the mail ... Shunmyo Masuno's book and essential teachings

Questions on marks and symbols ... Soto Iconography? ...

For our Engaged Buddhism section ... The Case of the Tent Village ... what would you do??

For the Book club crowd ... WHAT IS ZEN? - Chap 13 - Zen and Art ...

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