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    February 14th-15th, 2020 - Our SPECIAL "NEHAN-E" ZAZENKAI!


    [COLOR=#800000]WELCOME to our Memorial & Celebration of NEHAN-E, (Pari-Nirvana) the traditional day to mark the historical Buddha's death and passing from this visible world. This is also a day for each of us to remember in our homes those family and friends who have gone before. As well, we particularly mark the passing of Nishijima Gudo Wafu (who passed on January 28th, 2014) and Rempo Niwa Zenji (who passed September 7th, 1993). I will also be remembering two teachers who were mentors in Japan and great influences on Treeleaf, Jiho Sargent Roshi and Azuma Ikuo Roshi.


    During this Zazenkai, we will commence with SPECIAL CHANTS & a CEREMONY to recall our parents, grand-parents, siblings, our relatives near and distant, all our ancestors reaching back through the generations, and our dear friends and other cherished ones who have passed.

    This Zazenkai will be netcast LIVE from 10am Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 8pm, Los Angeles 5pm (Friday night), London 1am and Paris 2am (early Saturday morning)

    ... and to be visible on the following screen during those times and sit-a-long-able any time thereafter ...
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    LIVE ZAZENKAI NETCAST IS HERE:

    ZAZENKAI BEGINS 3 MlNUTES FROM START OF THE VIDEO



    FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO JOIN TO SIT LIVE WITH A CAMERA, A THERE lS A LlNK BELOW AT THE BOTTOM OF THlS POST. JUST CLICK AND JOIN BEFORE START TIME. 'TWO WAY' REQUIRES INDIVIDUALS WITH CAMERAS, BUT ANYONE CAN WATCH LIVE 'ONE WAY' AND SIT-A-LONG VIA THE ABOVE SCREEN. IF JOINING WITH CAMERA, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR MICROPHONE IS MUTED::

    00:00 - 00:45 CEREMONY (SHARIRAIMON in ENGLISH 1x / HEART SUTRA in JAPANESE) & ZAZEN
    00:15 – 00:45 ZAZEN
    00:45 – 00:55 KINHIN
    00:55 – 01:25 ZAZEN
    01:25 – 01:30 VERSE OF ATONEMENT & FOUR VOWS


    For this special Zazenkai, a statue of the reclining ‘Buddha Entering Parinirvana’, and a Plaque dedicated to all past Generations of Zen Ancestors, will be given special prominence.

    As always, we close with the 'Metta Chant', followed at the end with the 'Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'.

    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

    HOW TO JOIN THE ZAZENKAI '2-WAY':


    You can join the Zazenkai two-way in the Scheduled Sitting Room using Zoom any one of the following ways:

    - Use this direct link: https://zoom.us/j/4834831244
    - Open Zoom and join with this meeting id: 483 483 1244
    - Go to Treeleaf NOW and select the Scheduled Sitting Room: treeleaf.org/ssr

    Notes:

    - When you first join, you'll need to choose an audio source (usually you can simply select "Join with Computer Audio" on desktop or "Call using Internet Audio" on mobile).

    - You can switch between the "speaker view" (the default view) and "gallery view" (a grid / tic-tac-toe style view):
    -- On desktop, click the "gallery view" / "speaker view" toggle button on the top right
    -- On mobile, swipe right for "gallery views" -- only 4 participants are shown at a time on mobile, so keep swiping right to go through different groups, swipe left to go back to the "gallery view"

    - You can mute, unmute, etc. with the control bar on the bottom of the screen
    -- On desktop, hover the mouse over the window and the control bar should pop up
    -- On mobile, tap the screen and the control bar should pop up
    -- On mobile, so that your own picture does not take up one of the four slots you see, you can tap for the control bar, then tap "... menu" and select "Remove myself from gallery view"

    - If you are on a slow Internet connection and are experiencing drop-outs, try turning off video (you can always turn it on for a bit at the beginning and end to say hi and bow to everyone)
    Last edited by Jundo; 02-17-2020 at 01:08 PM. Reason: Youtube added.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Today we also recall two mentors in Japan, great influences on Treeleaf, Jiho Sargent Roshi and Azuma Ikuo Roshi.


    Rev. Jiho Sargent was a Soto priest, a friend, guide, mother and tough as nails voice of reason and common sense in my life for many years. I believe that I first sat with her in 1989 at the temple in Tokyo were she was a priest (Taisoji). She became a priest late in life, at age 49, and was also one of the few Westerners to be trained in a fully Japanese way exclusively in Japan (at the Soto school's special monasteries for women) and then served as an ordinary "parish priest" at Taisoji involved in the more mundane, "day-to-day" duties of a Zen priest in Japan ... a very unusual path for most foreign teachers. She passed in June, 2009.


    Azuma Roshi (東郁雄老師) shared tea with me, practicing his English and answering my silly questions, for most of 10 years when I sat with the weekly lay Zazenkai at Sojiji Honzan in Japan. He was a great Dogen scholar, lecturing us each week on Shobogenzo (that is what he is lecturing on in the picture above), and instructor of hundreds of young monks as well as the lay persons' group there (including quite a number of foreigners who would wander in). I may not have stayed with this practice without him. He was always so kind, down to earth.When I came here 20 years ago, my Japanese was pretty bad the first few years, and he lectured in Japanese ... but always took time to summarize in broken English so I would get the gist. Later, he returned to his temple of Jikouji in Kyushu. He left this visible world in February, 2011.

    Their pictures are kept next to a statue of Kannon Bodhisattva in our Zendo.

    Nice Bows.

    J

    PS - Information on our Ceremony and Chant today is available here:

    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...-Zazenkai-2020
    Last edited by Jundo; 02-17-2020 at 01:07 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you for this Zazenkai.

    Also, thank you Jundo for sharing your mentors who were close to your heart. It's nice to see the greater influence of your mentors, I would not have known them otherwise.

    I will happily be joining tomorrow two-way .

    Gassho,

    Ippo

    SatToday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ippo View Post
    Thank you for this Zazenkai.

    Also, thank you Jundo for sharing your mentors who were close to your heart. It's nice to see the greater influence of your mentors, I would not have known them otherwise.

    I will happily be joining tomorrow two-way .

    Gassho,

    Ippo

    SatToday
    Seconded
    Gassho
    Onka
    st
    On Ka
    穏 火
    aka Anna Kissed.
    No Gods No Masters.
    Life is too serious to be taken seriously.

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    Thank you for this Zazenkai. As it's special, I will be with you all One-Way to participate and learn.

    Gassho, Chris -st/lah

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    Joining one-way today!

    Gassho,
    Mui
    Sat/LAH
    無依 Mui
    "Relies on Nothing"

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    Thank you everyone

    Had some virtual weirdness going on but seems like I managed to be two-way for most of the zazenkai. Possibly I was listening from that 'other world' Jundo spoke of as i was a bit behind with the video and audio

    Gassho, Tokan

    SatLah

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    Thank you, Jundo, Sekishi, and everyone. The chanting was beautiful, and the talk was helpful. Have a great weekend!

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    Sat/LAH
    On (Warm)
    Kai (Sea)

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    Gratitude right here

    Gassho
    Doyu sat today and lah
    自己を忘れ、他人のために生きる

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    Thank you all for this wonderful Memorial. It is good to share the love for those departed. Especially, Nishi jima Roshi, Niwa Roshi, Azumi Roshi. and Sargent Roshi Thank you Jundo and all who will sit. Have a special week.🧡🧡🧡🙏

    gassho, Shokai
    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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    Deep bows to all.

    My apologies for stumbling in the middle of our beautiful ceremony. As Jundo likes to say, Zazen will not cure your toothache, go see a dentist. I would add, Zazen will not cure congenital klutziness with two left feet, go see a dance instructor.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi #sat #stumbled
    sekishi
    石志

    As a novice priest-in-training, this is simply an expression of my opinion. Please take it with a grain of salt.

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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 Jundo, Sekishi and Treeleaf. I am attending a memorial service tomorrow for the brother of a long time friend. I will take this with me.

    Gassho
    STlah
    James

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    Thank you Jundo and all for this Zazenkai.

    The talk today was very interesting and informative. The introductory posts here are also wonderful. It is always an honor and a joy to learn more about our teachers and forebears.

    Suffering from food poisoning yesterday and today, I just realized that this may be particularly appropriate to the day we are commemorating, albeit unintentional and not at all recommended. I will spend time today looking at various translations and thinking about the Buddha's last words and parinirvana. It is good to be his student.

    Gassho,
    Mui
    Sat/LAH
    無依 Mui
    "Relies on Nothing"

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    Here is the song I mentioned, and which I post from time to time, that became so popular in Japan these last few years (I like the English version even more than the Japanese language version).



    "Sen no Kaze ni Natte" (千の風になって) is a single by Japanese singer Masafumi Akikawa. The lyrics are a Japanese translation of the poem, 'Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep'. ... It was the best-selling single in Japan in 2007.

    Don't stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there, I do not sleep
    I am the sunlight on the ripened grain
    I am the gentle autumn rain

    I am a thousand winds
    I am a thousand winds that blow
    I am the diamond glint on snow
    I am a thousand winds that blow

    Don't stand at my grave and cry
    I am not there, I did not die
    I am the swift rush of birds in flight
    Soft stars that shine at night

    I am a thousand winds
    I am a thousand winds that blow
    I am the diamond glint on snow
    I am a thousand winds that blow

    Don't stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there, I do not sleep
    I am the sunlight on the ripened grain
    I am the gentle autumn rain

    I am a thousand winds
    I am a thousand winds that blow
    I am the diamond glint on snow
    I am a thousand winds that blow

    I am the diamond glint on snow
    I am a thousand winds that blow

    The original poem:

    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there; I did not die.
    Here is the Japanese version ...



    Gassho, J

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    For some reason Zoom and I have had a falling out. I keep losing my connection recently so I'm going to sit this again via YouTube. Thank you for this Zazenkai, Feb 15 is locked into our calendar now.
    Gassho
    Onka
    st
    On Ka
    穏 火
    aka Anna Kissed.
    No Gods No Masters.
    Life is too serious to be taken seriously.

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    Thank you all

    I intended to sit live but the 3am alarm somehow didn't work for me this time
    So I followed the recording few hours later.
    Thank you for the talk, Jundo. I like the idea of Nehan Valentine memorial day

    Gassho
    Washin
    just sat
    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'.

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    Good ole' Hayley - one of New Zealand's finest exports the 'Department of New Zealand Gratuitous Self-Promotion' claims. I prefer the Japanese version, but there I go ignoring the advice in the Hsin Hsin Ming and having likes and dislikes lol!

    Tokan (satlah)

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    Thank you everyone! Have a nice weekend!

    Gassho, Nikolas
    Sat

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    Beautiful! Thank you, everyone!

    Gassho
    Kokuu
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    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.

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    Thank you everyone. I sat with you this morning.


    Tairin
    Sat today and lah

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    Wonderful ceremony, thank you all.

    Sat


    Seishin

    Sei - Meticulous
    Shin - Heart

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    Thank you all... and all who have been and all who will be.
    Gassho,
    Kotei sat/lah today.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

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