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  1. #51
    Welcome to Treeleaf Miguel, thank you for joining us
    Gassho
    Meitou
    sattodaylah
    命 Mei - life
    島 Tou - island

  2. #52
    Welcome to all the new people I missed!



    Gassho
    Ishin
    Sat/lah
    Grateful for your practice

  3. #53
    Welcome, Miguel.
    Gassho,
    Mateus
    Sat today/LAH

  4. #54
    Member Koki's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Parma Ohio (just outside Cleveland)
    Welcome EVERYONE !

    Koki

  5. #55
    Hello Treeleaf
    My name is Scott and I live in a remote area of Canada - the nearest zen monastery/sangha is 500 miles away, so I am very appreciative of the opportunity to participate in this online sangha. Thank you.
    Gassho.
    Scott
    Sat Today.

  6. #56
    Welcome, Miguel and Scott.

    gassho
    doyu sat today
    自己を忘れ、他人のために生きる

  7. #57
    Hello Scott, welcome to Treeleaf, glad to meet you.

    Haha, dog breath. I hope it's puppy breath!

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat + lah
    Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

  8. #58
    Welcome Scott,
    nice to meet you!

    Gassho,
    Kotei sat/lah today.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

  9. #59
    Hello Scott, nice to meet you.
    Welcome to Treeleaf!

    Gassho
    Washin
    sat/lah
    Kaido (有道) Every Way
    Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
    ----
    I am a novice priest-in-training. Anything what I say must not be considered as teaching
    and should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.

  10. #60
    Welcome to Treeleaf, Scott.
    Gassho,
    Mateus
    Sat today/LAH

  11. #61
    to Treeleaf Scott, how remote are you in Canada

    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

  12. #62
    Welcome to Treeleaf Scott, thank you for joining us.
    Gassho
    Meitou
    sattodaylah
    命 Mei - life
    島 Tou - island

  13. #63
    Hello Shokai
    How remote am I? Up North!

    The border for Alaska is about a 2 1/2 hour car ride away. There is a place just across the border called Hyder Alaska where naturalists go to view the bears (they built a viewing tunnel) - but you can see them here when you walk your dog |(also wolves and cougars).

    The Rockies are beautiful - I see them out of my windows.

    Unfortunately hay fever and allergies are a problem - there are so many different trees, plants, molds, spores, that there is a 18 month wait list to see a specialist for allergy testing! I have about 8 months left until my appointment and have to take meds to lessen the effects of the "pollutants".

    The town I live in acts as a central hub for all the surrounding towns so there is a very busy railway station bringing in goods on long trains every day - counted 330 containers on one train and there are several a day - I got caught at the railway crossing one day and figured counting containers was a good way to spend the >>fifteen minute<< wait time for the train to pass......

    You can see the aurora borealis here sometimes, but I haven't yet.
    So yes - "remote" (sorry for the long reply but I love living here! )
    Hope you love where you live too!
    Gassho

  14. #64
    Hello Byokan
    Puppy breath?! It was once but it's matured with age and just keeps getting better and better lol
    Gassho
    Scott

  15. #65
    Welcome Scott, nice to meet you.

    Gassho
    Teiro

    Sat
    Teiro

  16. #66
    Quote Originally Posted by bomoko View Post
    Hi Everyone

    South African living in New Zealand here - 38 and blessed to be married to my best friend and a father to a wonderfully bright, kind, and genuinely funny little girl.
    I'm delighted to have stumbled upon Treeleaf (ironically, in a comment on Brad Warner's pretty negative video on "on line zen") and am floored by the sheer amount of goodwill, information and together-practice.

    I'm working through the "sit-a-long" videos at the moment and they are just a joy. Thank you Jundo and the Treeleaf Sangha as a whole for this treasure.

    Gassho
    Blaize
    Welcome! Funny I found about Treeleaf through his comments section too lol

    Welcome to all the newcomers!

    Gassho

    Rish
    -stlah

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    Member Onka's Avatar
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    Location
    Rural Queensland, Australia
    Quote Originally Posted by Risho View Post
    Welcome! Funny I found about Treeleaf through his comments section too lol

    Welcome to all the newcomers!

    Gassho

    Rish
    -stlah
    Me too haha.
    Welcome all.
    Gassho
    Anna.
    st

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    On Ka
    穏 火
    aka Anna Kissed.
    No Gods No Masters.
    Life is too serious to be taken seriously.

  18. #68
    Welcome Scott,

    I am 1 hour south of Ottawa

    Gassho Kyotai
    ST

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    I am a student at Treeleaf. Please take what I say with a grain of salt. Gassho

  19. #69
    Hi Miguel and Scott

    Gassho
    Souchi

    SatToday

  20. #70
    Again I learn of new names from recent posts, and see, I'm sixty-eight. I'm more like a grandfather here and I welcome your advice, friendly face in my practice. I first learned of Treeleaf when a friend on Facebook, still friends, offered me Zen study with his personal teacher, and told me of an online Soto Zen group, Treeleaf Zendo. He told me that I probably would not become a priest in Treeleaf, so that was the better fit. I've come to love people here, and I joined 5 years, one month ago, fresh diagnosed with severe arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondylitis with severe chronic pain, aware of the disease on me since age 41. And now as I'm truly entering old age, I'm returning to my hometown, 350 miles (ca. 563 km) away today since 2009. Believe me here I've found a true Zen home, and my wife of almost 38 years (still best friends, with one brilliant daughter) approves highly of Treeleaf, Gassho. sat/lah, Tai Shi, Gassho, WELCOME!!!
    "As the Buddha designed it, the Sangha's responsibility is to keep their vows, learn and practice the Dharma, and teach and guide the lay people. The lay people in turn, provide the requisites for life..." So are not the lay people the Sangha? Thubten Chodron.

  21. #71
    Quote Originally Posted by Tai Shi View Post
    Again I learn of new names from recent posts, and see, I'm sixty-eight. I'm more like a grandfather here and I welcome your advice, friendly face in my practice. I first learned of Treeleaf when a friend on Facebook, still friends, offered me Zen study with his personal teacher, and told me of an online Soto Zen group, Treeleaf Zendo. He told me that I probably would not become a priest in Treeleaf, so that was the better fit. I've come to love people here, and I joined 5 years, one month ago, fresh diagnosed with severe arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondylitis with severe chronic pain, aware of the disease on me since age 41. And now as I'm truly entering old age, I'm returning to my hometown, 350 miles (ca. 563 km) away today since 2009. Believe me here I've found a true Zen home, and my wife of almost 38 years (still best friends, with one brilliant daughter) approves highly of Treeleaf, Gassho. sat/lah, Tai Shi, Gassho, WELCOME!!!
    Well folks, all 1500 or so of you, and 350 or so active members. We come and go at Treeleaf but if you remember your password and unless you do or say something really bad and violate a Grave precious Precept and even then Jundo and priests might forgive you, you’ll be welcomed here. You are a member if you are honestly interested in Buddhism. Welcome to all our new members. Tai Shi, sat, Gassho


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    "As the Buddha designed it, the Sangha's responsibility is to keep their vows, learn and practice the Dharma, and teach and guide the lay people. The lay people in turn, provide the requisites for life..." So are not the lay people the Sangha? Thubten Chodron.

  22. #72
    Said Thanksgiving night USA


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    "As the Buddha designed it, the Sangha's responsibility is to keep their vows, learn and practice the Dharma, and teach and guide the lay people. The lay people in turn, provide the requisites for life..." So are not the lay people the Sangha? Thubten Chodron.

  23. #73
    BigDavid
    Guest
    Hi everyone, my name is David Somers from Brooksville, FL USA. I have been a registered member here for a few years, but have not been active in a long time. So, I figured I should introduce myself again.
    I have been a practicing Buddhist for about 10 years now. I have sat at a Sanbo zendo in the past; however I have read Suzuki Roshi's Zen mind beginners mind several times, am reading not always so, right now, and I feel drawn to Soto Zen, and there are no Soto Zendo around for about two hours away. I really like Jundo Sensei's demeanor and his teaching style. So here I am, lol.
    Oh, by the way, what does LAH mean?

    Sat today

    Gassho
    David Somers

  24. #74
    Welcome (back) David, nice to meet you!

    Here is the initial LAH post from Jundo:
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...Lend-A-Hand%29

    Gassho,
    Kotei sat/lah today.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

  25. #75
    Hello David, welcome back!

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat + lah
    Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

  26. #76
    Welcome back David, thanks for joining us again.
    Gassho
    Meitou
    Satwithyoualltoday
    命 Mei - life
    島 Tou - island

  27. #77
    Hello David. Good to see you back!

    Gassho
    Washin
    st/lah
    Kaido (有道) Every Way
    Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
    ----
    I am a novice priest-in-training. Anything what I say must not be considered as teaching
    and should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.

  28. #78
    Greetings all,
    My name is Logan and I am writing to you from the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, USA. My entryway into buddhism was taking a Mindfullness-based Stress Reduction class about 6 years ago, and ever since then I've been more and more interested in meditation being not just an isolated habit but being situated in a broader context, thus, interest in Buddhism. Eventually I found my way to Soto Zen Buddhism, particularly through listening to the Zen Studies Podcast, whose website sent me here. I don't have a Soto Zen center nearby, and am busy with a young family, so a vibrant online sangha seems to be like a blessing! Looking forward to growing with the community.
    Best,
    Logan

  29. #79
    Welcome Logan,
    glad you found us!
    Looking forward to learning and growing together, too.

    Gassho,
    Kotei sat/lah today.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

  30. #80
    Hi Logan

    There are quite a few people here with young families and we are always here for you between the tantrums and nappy changes!

    Please pull up a cushion.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday-
    ------------------------------------
    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.

  31. #81
    Hello Logan, welcome to Treeleaf!

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat + lah
    Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

  32. #82
    Welcome Logan.

    I have a toddler and another on the way so disappearing to a zen centre or going on retreat isn't an option. Treeleaf has been great for me to add some structure to my practice amongst the nappies and tantrums.

    Gassho

    Neil
    StLah

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  33. #83
    to Treeleaf Logan


    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

  34. #84
    Hello Logan, welcome to Treeleaf!

    Gassho
    Washin
    st-lah
    Kaido (有道) Every Way
    Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
    ----
    I am a novice priest-in-training. Anything what I say must not be considered as teaching
    and should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.

  35. #85

    Hello Everyone

    Hi Everyone,

    I haven’t been here in a while. I just moved back to the Washington DC/NOVA area and can’t find any groups to sit with. If you don’t mind I’d like to participate here when my schedule allows.

    I look forward to participating!

    Gassho,

    Al Tohei Coleman

  36. #86
    Welcome aboard.

    Gassho, Jishin, __/stlah\__

  37. #87
    Welcome back Al! Happy to have you here.

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat + lah
    Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

  38. #88
    Welcome December returners and joiners.

    gassho
    doyu sat today
    自己を忘れ、他人のために生きる

  39. #89
    Hi Al,
    nice to meet you!
    Gassho,
    Kotei sat/lah today.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

  40. #90
    Hi Folks,

    It may seem odd to re-introduce myself having done so once before recently and then disappeared off the radar but there's a reason : just at the point where I was ready to participate more fully here I have been fortunate enough to locate a Zen centre reasonably close to me that has a teacher who appears to have received Dharma transmission in the Rinzai tradition (and describes himself as also having permission to teach Soto Zen as well).

    As I feel I am at a stage where I need some kind of interaction with a physical sangha and a teacher, I am going to investigate further.

    However, as I am dealing with several ongoing health issues, I may also very well drop in here too (if there are no objections) as Treeleaf seems to cater for this and I won't have a chance to get to the place near me until a week on Sunday.

    My best wishes to you all.

  41. #91
    Quote Originally Posted by ZenHalfTimeCrock View Post
    Hi Folks,

    .
    Hi (Don't forget to sign your first name)!

    You are welcome to sit here and other good places too. You might find differences in approach between various groups, but many ways to cook soup!

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah

    PS - Would you PM me with the name of the other group if you are willing? l am just curious from your description.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  42. #92
    Yes, five years ago I was learning about this new thing. Ceremony to become Lay member and contributing to the way of the Buddha— “Jukai”
    sat
    Tai Shi
    Gassho


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    "As the Buddha designed it, the Sangha's responsibility is to keep their vows, learn and practice the Dharma, and teach and guide the lay people. The lay people in turn, provide the requisites for life..." So are not the lay people the Sangha? Thubten Chodron.

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