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

Please sit any time of the week or month with our weekly and monthly Treeleaf Zazenkai ... Zazen here and now ...

Not meant as an excuse not to sit ... Zazen: Not Sitting is as Vital as Sitting ...

Moving on simply in our "Simply Living" practice circle ... this week, give something away ...

'The ZEN of EVERYTHING! Podcast' ... Episode 2 .... on the air ,,, please subscribe at itunes and the like ...

So many different, sometimes comflicting descriptions of "Buddhism," a fellow could get confused! ...A Bit of a Crisis as a Young Practitioner ...

What's the right "altar" and rituals of Zen ... or are there any? ... Is This Acceptable?

For those some of our members with minds that have minds of their own sometimes ... Zen and the neuro-diverse brain ...

Why is Dogen special, and is it "original" Buddhism? ... not so easy to say ... Soto Zen and Dogen

Our upcoming Priest Ordination coming up July 14th ... please join us on that day ...

So ... Ordination / Priesthood - what's it all about? ...

The Zen of accidently hurting an animal ... Guilty, Regret and Practice ...

A couple of good threads with concern for the world ... Living Earth

... and a wonderful chat on ECO-Life and what we all can do ...

ln our "no words" book club, some Koans of the Book of Serenity ... (and getting ready for "Realizing Genjokoan" next week) ...

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