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    June 19th-20th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - Casual Friday

    The weather is a bit warm, so I am going to declare a "casual" day on clothing. While we honor the Kesa and Rakusu, it is good to do this from time to time as a reminder that it is not about special robes.


    Hello All,

    Please 'sit-a-long' with our weekly FRIDAY/SATURDAY 'LIVE FROM TREELEAF' 90 minute ZAZENKAI, netcast from 10am Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 9pm, Los Angeles 6pm (Friday night), London 2am and Paris 3am (early Saturday morning)

    ... and to be visible on the following screen during those times and sit-a-long-able any time thereafter ...

    LIVE ZAZENKAI NETCAST IS HERE:


    FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO JOIN TO SIT LIVE WITH A CAMERA, 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.

    'One Way' folks are also welcome to join the Zoom room, just leaving your camera and microphone turned off:

    00:00 – 00:15 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA in English) and Dedication
    00:15 – 00:45 ZAZEN
    00:45 – 00:55 KINHIN
    00:55 – 01:25 ZAZEN
    01:25 – 01:30 VERSE OF ATONEMENT & FOUR VOWS


    As you can see, our Zazenkai consists of chanting the 'Heart Sutra' in English (the words are at the link below), some full floor prostrations in sets of three (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish), followed by our Dedication, Zazen twice for about 30 minutes each, with 10 minutes of Kinhin in between, and we end the sitting with 'The Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'.

    Please join us in the Chanting of the Heart Sutra (although please keep your microphone muted). You can 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, 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!

    So, please join us as soon as you can, and we will keep a Zafu open for you.

    Remember, 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
    - If prompted for a password, use: dogen

    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; 06-20-2020 at 03:05 AM. Reason: Added youtube video.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Hi Jundo!

    I'll be there live

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Sat/LAH
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyonin View Post
    Hi Jundo!

    I'll be there live

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Sat/LAH
    Wonderful, Kyonin.

    Remember that we have had the problem of the Mokugyo drowning out your Heart Sutra chanting (it has happened to other people too). I suggest that your voice dominates the microphone, and that the Mokugyo is BARELY heard and also quite distant from the microphone. Let's see if that fixes the problem.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Treeleaf Unsui / Engineer Sekishi's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Remember that we have had the problem of the Mokugyo drowning out your Heart Sutra chanting (it has happened to other people too). I suggest that your voice dominates the microphone, and that the Mokugyo is BARELY heard and also quite distant from the microphone. Let's see if that fixes the problem.
    Covering the Mokugyo with a thin cloth seems to help too. In fact the last time I did it without a cloth, the chanting was more or less completely removed by Zoom's compressor/limiter.

    Also, I'm getting ready to leave to take a bird to a wildlife rehabilitation center. It will be a few hours of driving. I expect to be back in time, but if I don't make it, someone else will need to do the Techno Ino thing (or at least just hit the "record" button in Zoom and we can upload it to youtube later).

    Gassho,
    Sekishi
    #sat
    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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    Hi Jundo,

    What I usually do is to barely hit the Mokugyo and it seems to help. I'll do that.

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Sat/LAH

    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Wonderful, Kyonin.

    Remember that we have had the problem of the Mokugyo drowning out your Heart Sutra chanting (it has happened to other people too). I suggest that your voice dominates the microphone, and that the Mokugyo is BARELY heard and also quite distant from the microphone. Let's see if that fixes the problem.
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    The weather is a bit warm, so I am going to declare a "casual" day on clothing. While we honor the Kesa and Rakusu, it is good to do this from time to time as a reminder that it is not about special robes.

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you Jundo, Kyonin, Sekishi and All.

    Lovely to share with you.

    Gassho, Chris satlah

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    I just wanted to add at the end another special congratulations to Mui/Dustin on undertaking Jukai with Rev. Dainei.

    Also, a special reminder for those who can ... the place to be Sunday, especially for a little history lesson ...

    ATTENTION: Special Zazenkai SUN. June 21st with Writer-Zen Historian Barbara O'Brien
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...arbara-O-Brien

    Be there AND be square!

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Treeleaf Unsui / Engineer Sekishi's Avatar
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    A bot, or troll, or something flagged the Zazenkai for "community guidelines violation" again this week which killed the livestream in the middle. We recorded it via an alternate method and will post it soon.

    Apologies to the folks who were sitting one-way.

    Thank you to all who sat and will sit. It is a wonderful thing to be able to practice together.

    Deep bows,
    Sekishi
    #sat
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Sekishi View Post
    A bot, or troll, or something flagged the Zazenkai for "community guidelines violation" again this week which killed the livestream in the middle. We recorded it via an alternate method and will post it soon.

    Apologies to the folks who were sitting one-way.

    Thank you to all who sat and will sit. It is a wonderful thing to be able to practice together.

    Deep bows,
    Sekishi
    #sat
    I switched the videos already, Sekishi.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you, Jundo, Kyonin, Sekishi, and everyone. The zazenkai and tea time were refreshing. Have a great weekend!

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

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    Nice to see everyone today

    Sat Today

    Ippo

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    Thank you Jundo, Kyonin, Sekishi and everyone once again for another wonderful Zazenkai. I'm so grateful for this opportunity to practice with you all.

    Gassho,
    Rob

    SatToday

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    Thank you, everyone.

    Gassho
    Sat today, lah
    求道芸化 Kyudo Geika
    I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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    Thank you, Jundo, Kyonin and Sekishi, for today's Zazenkai, as usual.

    Thanks to everyone who helps make Treeleaf what it is, for your service to this world-wide community, it certainly takes patient effort and dedication. So many folks need and greatly benefit from the online zendo.

    Jundo, a heartfelt thank you for your advice and support of our recent online Jukai. Whether participants are gathered together in a single physical location or meeting virtually online, the Jukai ceremony is deeply meaningful and transformative. Your presence truly was a gift.

    Wishing you boundless blessings.

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

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    Very pleased to participate. Thanks to Jundo, Kyonin and Sekishi. _()_

    gassho
    shonin sat and lah today
    I'm a visiting unsui from Bird Haven Zendo. Take what I say with a box of salt. Mmm!

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    Thank you everyone.
    Kotei just sat with you all.
    Gassho.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

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    Great to see everyone, thank you all for your hard work Also, I think that Jundo has inspired a new summer look, the Rakusu with cargo shorts is top notch

    Gassho,

    Joshua
    SatToday

    Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk

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    Thank you everyone. I sat with you this morning.

    It is great to see so many people sitting on the live stream but it seems I may have to get a larger screen. So many people it is getting harder and harder to pick out Jundo.


    Tairin
    Sat today and lah
    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

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    Thank you all!
    Hopefully I will see you tomorrow for the Special Zazenkai
    Gassho, Nikolas
    Sat/Lah

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    I sat with you all in this Zazenkai. Thanks! To not be caught up in appearance is a lesson I need to remember every day. I am a bird that continually flys into a window thinking another bird is there, never learning.

    Gassho,
    Tom

    Sat

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    Member Seishin's Avatar
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    Loved Jundo expression at the end of the ceremony and his impersonation of Marcel Marceau. More impressed by Sekishi's Zen/Vulcan mind reading powers
    Thank you all

    Sat lah


    Seishin

    Sei - Meticulous
    Shin - Heart

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    I sat the first part of this zazenkai this morning with the baby. It turns out chanting the heart sutra sends her to sleep.

    Gassho,

    Heiso

    StLah

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    Going to sit this one now. Gassho, Matt

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    I just wanted to add at the end another special congratulations to Mui/Dustin on undertaking Jukai with Rev. Dainei.
    Congratulations, Mui! That's great!

    Thank you all for sitting with me.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    ------------------------------------
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Kokuu View Post
    Congratulations, Mui! That's great!

    Thank you all for sitting with me.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    Thank you, Kokuu, it is great!

    Deep bows,
    Mui
    Sat/LAH
    無依 Mui
    "Relies on Nothing"

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