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    ATTENTION: Special Zazenkai with Zen/Dogen Historian Dr. Steven Heine


    Dear All,

    I am pleased to announce that Buddhism & Zen historian, the noted specialist on the life and writings of Master Dogen, Prof. Steven Heine, will be joining us for a very special Zazenkai and Talk on SUNDAY July 26th, LIVE from Miami, USA and Treeleaf Tsukuba.

    More about Steve, and his simply amazing book on Dogen and Shobogenzo, Readings of Dogen's Treasury of the True Dharma Eye ...

    Steven Heine is professor of religious studies and history and director of Asian studies at Florida International University. Just a few of his many books and writings, as author or editor, include From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation (Oxford); Zen and Material Culture (Oxford); Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record: Sharpening the Sword at the Dragon's Gate (Oxford); Zen Koans (Hawaii); Like Cats and Dogs: Contesting the Mu Kōan in Zen Buddhism (Oxford); Dōgen and Sōtō Zen: New Perspectives (Oxford); Dōgen: Textual and Historical Studies (Oxford); Zen Skin, Zen Marrow: Will the Real Zen Buddhism Please Stand Up? (Oxford); Did Dōgen Go to China? What He Wrote and When He Wrote It (Oxford); Opening a Mountain: Kōans of Zen Masters (Oxford); Shifting Shape, Shaping Text: Philosophy and Folklore in the Fox Kōan (Hawaii); The Zen Poetry of Dōgen: Verses From the Mountain of Eternal Peace (Tuttle); Dōgen and the Kōan Tradition: A Tale of Two Shōbōgenzō Texts (SUNY); Existential and Ontological Dimensions of Time in Heidegger and Dōgen (SUNY); and The Zen Canon: Studies of Classic Zen Texts (Oxford).
    My [Jundo's] personal review of his latest book is that it is simply astounding. I posted this:

    This book, quite simply, may be the single best detailed survey and explanation of what Dogen was on about that I have ever read by an academic. ... Dogen cannot be presented more completely and ... most importantly ... accurately in an intellectual study than Steven has done in this book. It is bound to become one of the main "go to" guides for serious explorers of Dogen's bottomless depths. That said, the book may be difficult for readers very new to Dogen, or who otherwise struggle in attempting the masterís writings. ... On the other hand, anyone who already cherishes and has some handle on Dogen will savor this as a tour de force, and it should be on the shelf of every true student of Dogen ... Personally, if anyone comes to me in the coming years as to what they should read for a comprehensive explanation of Dogen and Shobogenzo, especially if it is someone who already has established some solid appreciation of Dogen, I will quickly point them to this book ... besides the sitting cushion, of course!
    The festivities for our Zazenkai will begin at 11:00 AM US MIAMI TIME SUNDAY 7/26 (that is 11am in New York, 8am in California, London 4pm and Paris 5pm, all SUNDAY June 21st).

    THE ZAZENKAI WILL BE VISIBLE AT THOSE TIMES and AFTER HERE:


    Our sitting schedule will look like the following: About 25 minutes of Zazen, a Talk by Steve for about 30 minutes, and some Questions from our Treeleaf participants. I anticipate the the event will be about 90 minutes or so.

    FOLKS HAVING QUESTIONS FOR DR. HEINE CAN PRIVATE MESSAGE ME DURING THE Q&A PORTION HERE (PM to JUNDO), and I will check from time to time, and ask as many questions from viewers as possible.

    I hope that we will have a big turnout, with many folks joining us "two way" too (instructions below).

    Let's all get together to welcome Dr. Heine and learn a little about the history of our tradition!

    Gassho, Jundo

    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)
    STLah

    Last edited by Jundo; 07-27-2020 at 04:28 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you Jundo for organising this auspicious meeting. I'm sure we will be enlightened by Dr Steve Heine's profound knowledge of master Dogen. I will join this time.

    Gassho
    Van
    Satlah

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    I'm very excited and thankful that this special guest is appearing. I will sit with you all a little postponed, as usual.
    Gassho
    Ben
    Stlah

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    Thank you, Jundo and Prof. Heine, for planning this special zazenkai. I'm enjoying the book on the Shobogenzo and look forward to the talk.

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

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    Thank you for arranging this Jundo, I am looking forward to it. I plan to be there.

    Gassho, Shinshi

    SaT-LaH
    空道 心志 Kudo Shinshi
    I am just a priest-in-training, any resemblance between what I post and actual teachings is purely coincidental.

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    Darn it, I'm working

    I'll catch it later. Or maybe my boss will let me use her mobile hotspot to join in on YouTube.

    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 & Professor Heine. Due to NZ time I will sit recorded.

    Gassho
    Chris sattodayLAH

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    Very much looking forward to this. Thanks.

    Gassho
    stLAH
    James

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    Thank you

    Doshin
    St

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    I am looking forward to this. I say this often, but thank you for these opportunities!

    Gassho,

    Ryan
    Sat Today

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    Sitting 2 way would be at 2am here so unfortunately I'll have to sit with and listen to Steven's talk during daylight hours.
    His book has been added to my 'want' list.
    Gassho
    Onka
    ST
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    Pronouns She/Her They/Them
    No Gods No Masters

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    Just a little bump for this. I would appreciate a nice turn out. He is perhaps the greatest living scholarly expert on Master Dogen ...

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Just a little bump for this. I would appreciate a nice turn out. He is perhaps the greatest living scholarly expert on Master Dogen ...

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    Okey Dokey, I'll try to do a 2am sitting but be warned, it may be in pyjamas haha.
    Gassho
    Onka
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    I'll be there.

    Gassho, Shinshi

    SaT-LaH
    空道 心志 Kudo Shinshi
    I am just a priest-in-training, any resemblance between what I post and actual teachings is purely coincidental.

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    I am certainly planning on being there. Should finish his book tonight and enjoyed it thoroughly.

    Now trying to think of a suitably incisive question!

    Gassho
    Kokuu
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    I have a previous obligation for that time period so I am unable to attend live.

    Doshin
    St

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    I'm still trying to make this work with my schedule today, as I would prefer to join live, but I may have to sit this one later today.

    Gassho,
    Rob

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    Having some issues here so no video from me today. I can only attend one way.

    Gassho, Shinshi

    SaT-LaH
    空道 心志 Kudo Shinshi
    I am just a priest-in-training, any resemblance between what I post and actual teachings is purely coincidental.

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    What a wonderful discussion, the time really flew by. Thank you so much to Steve Heine and to Jundo for bringing us this fantastic opportunity.

    Gassho,
    Jakuden
    SatToday/LAH
    清 道 寂田
    SEIDO JAKUDEN
    I am a novice priest. Any resemblance my posts may have to actual teachings about the Dharma, living or dead, is purely coincidental (and just my attempt to be helpful).

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    Steve and Jundo and everyone who participated.
    Thank you very much!
    Very much inspired to diving deeper.

    Gassho,
    Kotei sat/lah today.

    義道 冴庭 / Gidou Kotei.
    Being a novice priest doesn't mean that my writing about the Dharma is more substantial than yours. Actually, it might well be the other way round.

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    Thank you so much, everyone, and especially Professor Heine. I got the feeling here, and even with the book, that we were just scratching the surface of his Dogen knowledge.

    Prof Heine has another very interesting looking book coming out in a couple of months Flowers Blooming on a Withered Tree: Giun's Verse Comments on Dogen's Treasury of the True Dharma Eye The Verse Comments by Giun (1253-1333), the fifth abbot of Eiheiji temple, is an important early medieval Japanese commentary on the 60-chapter edition of Shobogenzo.

    Anyway, a privilege to hear from such a man of knowledge on the subject.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-
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    Sorry but had some issues here so I could only attend one way.

    Don't think I have ever hard some use quiddity in a sentence before.

    It was fascinating talk. I too am inspired to go back and read Dogen.

    Gassho, Shinshi

    SaT-LaH
    空道 心志 Kudo Shinshi
    I am just a priest-in-training, any resemblance between what I post and actual teachings is purely coincidental.

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    I tuned in for a bit, heard some fascinating stuff.

    True to form, life intervened several times and I finally conceded.

    Hoping the "Recording" really did -- some segments I'd like to hear again for clarification.

    Gassho, meian st lh

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    Thank you, Jundo, Dr. Heine, and all for this wonderful talk and discussion.
    Gassho,
    Krista
    st/lah

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    Thank you Jundo for organising this talk, and professor Steven Heine for sharing his knowledge. This talk has motivated me to start reading Dogen again. It's an understatement to say Dogen is difficult to comprehend, but hopefully Jundo's book will make it easier to understand. I have already pre-ordered Jundo's book so can't wait until October.

    Gassho,
    Van
    Satlah

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    Thank you, Jundo and Professor Heine. It was a wonderful talk and I'm glad I could attend.

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

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    Hi all,

    There were some (perfectly simple) complications with getting the recording of Professor Heine's presentation, but it is uploaded to youtube now and is "processing". Hopefully it will be available for posting in the next few hours. Stay tuned!

    Deep bows to all,
    Sekishi
    #sat #processing
    sekishi
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    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
    Hi all,

    There were some (perfectly simple) complications with getting the recording of Professor Heine's presentation, but it is uploaded to youtube now and is "processing". Hopefully it will be available for posting in the next few hours. Stay tuned!

    Deep bows to all,
    Sekishi
    #sat #processing
    One complications involved some goats and Sekishi's dog which ate a stick of butter during Zazen (apparently, bad for dogs, although maybe not for the goats?). Don't ask.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sekishi View Post
    Hi all,

    There were some (perfectly simple) complications with getting the recording of Professor Heine's presentation, but it is uploaded to youtube now and is "processing". Hopefully it will be available for posting in the next few hours. Stay tuned!

    Deep bows to all,
    Sekishi
    #sat #processing
    Thank you Sekishi
    I was worried that I'd miss out on his talk. I did try to get up at 2am but my body refused to cooperate until 4am but I made it to my first Tonglen circle sitting. Silver linings and all that.
    Gassho
    Onka
    sat today
    aka Anna Kissed
    Pronouns She/Her They/Them
    No Gods No Masters

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    Thank You, Jundo for this in depth discussing- of which the-- my skim is not there, I have the complete works of Dogen in my Kindle, 512 gig available, I've come to appreciate Jakuden and Kokuu, our own avid scholars, come to appreciate you so much; how much my own study of Buddhism, my own Ango, my own understanding of Genjokoan falls so very short of any understanding at all. Please forgive my shortsightedness.
    Tai Shi
    sat
    Gassho
    The object of practice is not transcendence but transformation, yet ultimately we must transcend ourselves. (Elucidation of Dogen) in HOW TO RAISE AN OX

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    Have just listened on You Tube - thank you for arranging this opportunity - really stimulating in depth talk and great questions from
    our tree leaf members.

    Gassho

    Jinyo

    Sat Today

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    Thank you Jundo, Sekishi, and all for doing this!

    I will very much enjoy the recording .

    Gassho,

    Ippo

    SatToday

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    After continuing from July 26th, 2020, to this present moment, again with Professor Heine, today January 13, 2021, even though I did understand only a small part with my head more clear from my own landmark day, June 28th, 2020, and I intend, only now able to begin reading. Here is my order of reading; How to Cook Your Life, again, Jundo's new book, and finally, Realizing Gengokoan, in more depth.
    Gassho
    sat/ lah
    Tai Shi
    The object of practice is not transcendence but transformation, yet ultimately we must transcend ourselves. (Elucidation of Dogen) in HOW TO RAISE AN OX

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