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    December 17th Recommended Threads

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

    Our annual Netcast Two-Day Rohatsu Retreat was held this week, and is always available for sitting any time ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...2019-MAIN-PAGE

    As well, our other weekly Zazenkai are always open for sitting ... now or any time ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/foru...ings-too%21%29

    Attention to all our sewers ... Time for Rakusu Mailing Addresses! ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...g-Addresses%21

    An experiment ... Sangha Discussion: Diversity Words and other Small Changes in our Chant Books ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...ur-Chant-Books

    Many folks these days find politics disappointing ... and it is ... yet also good to keep some perspective while we work to make things better ... UK Election ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...23-UK-Election

    For Chronic Pain Sufferers ... an interesting podcast ... a bit of mind training and deep equanimity ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...esting-podcast

    The struggle of disability and chronic illness ... when people don't understand
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...n-t-understand

    Living in the country is home, close to nature ... but so can be living in the city, or just where we find ourselves ... This is enough ...

    okumura roshi's video; raising children no expectations ... a parent needs all the patience of a Zen Master ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...o-expectations

    Bodhidharma was a caveman of sorts ... pondering cave art ... in our Treeleaf Art Circle ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...ering-cave-art

    The march of science and discovery continues ... for better or worse ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...l=1#post253673

    We have come to ... PRECEPTS IX - To Refrain from Self-Praise Judging Others ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...Judging-Others

    Some lovely suggestions in our Charities section ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/foru...ROJECTS-CENTER

    ... including Choose Love in aid of refugees at this cold time of year ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...27-Choose-Love


    Reminder ... Especially for newer folks ... FEELING LOST AROUND THE COMMUNITY? Contact our "Sangha Buddhies" ... friends to help people find their way around ...
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...angha-Buddhies




    And DON'T FORGET! ... the experiment continues, and we need you! ... A TREELEAF EXPERIMENT with EVERYONE’S PARTICIPATION REQUESTED: “LAH” (Lend A Hand)
    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...Lend-A-Hand%29




    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.



    A Re-MINDer on SIMPLICITY:

    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):

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...ore-Forum-Chat

    Gassho, Jundo


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    Last edited by Jundo; 12-16-2019 at 05:00 PM.
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