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Thread: May 3rd-4th, 2019 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf ZAZENKAI! - featuring Shokai!

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    May 3rd-4th, 2019 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf ZAZENKAI! - featuring Shokai!


    Today's Talk will feature Rev. Shokai, who will look at Vesak and the Buddha's Birthday
    (see below in this thread)

    Please 'sit-a-long' with our MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI, netcast LIVE 8am to noon Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 7pm to 11pm, Los Angeles 4pm to 8pm (Friday night), London midnight to 4am and Paris 1am to 5am (early Saturday morning)) ... and visible at the following link during those times ...

    ... to be visible on the below screen during those times and any time thereafter ...

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




    Dharma Talk Audio / Podcast Episode:
    https://treeleaf.podbean.com/e/novem...leaf-zazenkai/


    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:


    The Sitting Schedule is as follows:

    00:00 - 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA IN JAPANESE / SANDOKAI IN ENGLISH) & ZAZEN
    00:50 - 01:00 KINHIN
    01:00 - 01:30 ZAZEN
    01:30 - 01:50 KINHIN

    01:50 - 02:30 DHARMA TALK & ZAZEN
    02:30 - 02:40 KINHIN & HOKEY-POKEY

    02:40 - 03:15 ZAZEN
    03:15 - 03:30 KINHIN
    03:30 - 04:00 METTA CHANT & ZAZEN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT, FOUR VOWS, & CLOSING



    Our Zazenkai consists of our chanting the 'Heart Sutra' in Japanese and the 'Identity of Relative and Absolute (Sandokai)' in English (please download our Chant Book at the link below), some full floor prostrations (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish), a little talk by me ... and we close with the 'Metta Chant', followed at the end with the 'Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'. Oh, and lots and lots of Zazen and walkin' Kinhin in between!

    Please 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, Identity of Relative & Absolute, Metta Verses, 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!

    I STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU POSITION YOUR ZAFU ON THE FLOOR IN A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE NOT STARING DIRECTLY AT THE COMPUTER SCREEN, BUT CAN GLANCE OVER AND SEE THE SCREEN WHEN NECESSARY. YOUR ZAFU SHOULD ALSO BE IN A POSITION WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE COMPUTER SCREEN WHILE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE ZAFU FOR THE CEREMONIES, AND HAVE ROOM FOR BOWING AND KINHIN.

    ALSO, REMEMBER TO SET YOUR COMPUTER (& SCREEN SAVER) SO THAT IT DOES NOT SHUT OFF DURING THE 4 HOURS.


    I hope you will join us ... an open Zafu is waiting. 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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    Today's Talk will be by Rev. Shokai, who will speak on Vesak and the Buddha's Birthday ...

    Birth of the Baby Buddha

    This passage is from the Buddha-charita, the first complete biography of the Buddha, written by the poet Ashvaghosha, probably in the first century C.E. The Buddha-charita is made up of twenty-eight songs recounting events in Shakyamuni Buddha’s life up to the time of his great awakening. These verses speak of Shakyamuni’s family and the events that surrounded the birth of the historical Buddha. Original spellings and usages from this 1893 translation by Edward B. Cowell have been retained throughout:

    Then one day by the king’s permission the queen, having a great longing in her mind, went with the inmates of the gynaceum into the garden Lumbini.
    As the queen supported herself by a bough which hung laden with a weight of flowers, the Bodhisattva suddenly came forth, cleaving open her womb.
    At that time the constellation Pushya was auspicious, and from the side of the queen, who was purified by her vow, her son was born for the welfare of the world, without pain and without illness.
    Like the sun bursting from a cloud in the morning, so he too, when he was born from his mother’s womb, made the world bright like gold, bursting forth with his rays which dispelled the darkness.
    As soon as he was born the thousand-eyed (Indra) well-pleased took him gently, bright like a golden pillar; and two pure streams of water fell down from heaven upon his head with piles of Mandara flowers.
    Carried about by the chief suras, and delighting them with the rays that streamed from his body, he surpassed in beauty the new moon as it rests on a mass of evening clouds.
    Having thus in due time issued from the womb, he shone as if he had come down from heaven, he who had not been born in the natural way—he who was born full of wisdom, not foolish—as if his mind had been purified by countless aeons of contemplation.
    Last edited by Jundo; 05-03-2019 at 02:35 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    I will sit with you all for some of the Zazenkai.

    Gassho
    Doshin
    Stlah

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    I will attempt to join the birthday party from rainy old England.

    Gassho,

    Neilio

    Sat Today

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    Hi all!

    I'll be there live with instruments ready

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Sat/LAH
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Good morning from East.

    I will sit on one way from Japan.

    Because I have a meeting with staff of Child nursing home at same time.
    This is my Zen style.

    Gassho
    Sat today
    Kakunen

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    I'll be doing my usual time warp. See you all soon.

    Gassho, Shinshi

    SaT-LaH
    What's so funny 'bout Peace, Love and Understanding.

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    probably will sit with YT tomorrow sometime; thank you for this opportunity.

    gassho
    doyu
    sat today

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    Im going to try to get there for part, if time and technology cooperate.

    Gassho
    Jakuden
    SatToday/LAH

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    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you all; Jundo, Kyonin, Jackuden, Onkai, Shokai(oops, that's me). Have a wonderful 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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    Thanks to all and than you Shokai for the talk. I enjoyed the discussion of myth vrs “just a guy” or all the above.

    Gassho
    Doshin
    Stlah

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    Thank you Jundo and Kyonin, and thank you for a lovely talk Shokai! Sorry I had to leave early, I have work tomorrow, will sit the rest later.
    Peace to all ✌️
    Gassho
    Jakuden
    SatToday/LAH

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    Thank you all, including Shokai, for sharing the myths and humanity of the Buddha. Have a great weekend!

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    Sat/LAH

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    Thank you all.

    Here was our Hokey Pokey from Vietnam ...



    Gassho, J

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    This was my first four-hour Zazenkai. I am very grateful for this. Thank you.

    It started at 6 am for me, and I had traffic in and out of the room, so I participated one-way.

    It was extra special that the theme today was Buddha's birthday. Shokai's talk was informative and I especially appreciated the discussion of fasting with the precepts. I am in the right place; among skeptics who can look at religious literature with critical thinking as well as due appreciation.

    Thank you, Jundo, and all who help to make this happen.

    Gassho,
    Wuyi
    Sat/LAH
    無依 W Yī
    "Relies on Nothing"

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    I just sit on one way

    Thank you very much.
    ありがとうございました。

    合掌 Gassho
    九拝 Nine bows
    今日、座禅をしました Sat today
    廓然 Kakunen

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    Sat/sitting in sections with youtube today; is that all right, to break it up like that? Am using the hut for this and while it has wifi it is currently off-grid (there was a flood) and this old laptop battery does not last 4 hours. I come in, have a meal while it is charging, then go back out. Just finished the talk; thank you Shokai. _()_

    gassho
    doyu
    sat today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doyū View Post
    Sat/sitting in sections with youtube today; is that all right, to break it up like that? Am using the hut for this and while it has wifi it is currently off-grid (there was a flood) and this old laptop battery does not last 4 hours. I come in, have a meal while it is charging, then go back out. Just finished the talk; thank you Shokai. _()_

    gassho
    doyu
    sat today
    If you need to break it up, fine to break it up!

    You were sitting with us today, right in the corner of the Zendo.

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you all for this lovely Zazenkai

    Gassho
    Anant
    SaT
    Last edited by newby_x86; 05-05-2019 at 08:10 AM.

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    Found a long enough stretch of time and sat with everyone today! Thank you Shokai for the excellent talk. I enjoyed hearing your take on the different stories about Buddha's birth.

    Gassho
    Kyōshin
    Satlah

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    Thank you all everyone. I have started to sit this in instalments.

    Gassho,

    Neil

    ST

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

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    Thank you Jundo and everyone.
    Shokai, thank you for the talk.

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

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    Sat on demand over last few mornings. Thank you Shokai for your talk and thank you everyone and all things, everywhere.


    Seishin

    Sei - Meticulous
    Shin - Heart



    Sat Today / lah

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    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 all for this lovely Zazenkai. Thank you Shokai for the beautiful Dharma talk. I used my free Thursday to sit the 4 hours.
    Gassho,
    Mateus
    Sat today

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