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    August 16th Recommended Threads

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

    Please sit with our weekly and monthly Treeleaf Zazenkai ... as well as our several daily sittings online ... a sit to suit all settings and situations ...

    Hearing bells ... and other unusual experiences of the senses during Zazen ... and migraines and God too! ...

    And bells lead to chanting ... Why do we chant? ... well, why not chant? ...

    Always a good reminder from Okumura Roshi ... "Good for nothing" Sitting origin by Okumura ... worthwhile to listen to this "Good for nothing" ...

    Pain is hard, but "Dukkha" (Buddhist Suffering) is not really "pain" ... Pain and the Self (It's not my pain!) ... when moaning, just moan ...

    Practicing for others ... Moving from a selfish practice to practice for all ... not two ...

    On the other hand, sometimes enough is enough ... Zen and cutting people out of your life ...

    A perennial topic, often reborn in our discussions ... COMBINED THREAD: Soto Zen, the 'Bardo,' and Spirit ...

    In the "no words" bookclub ... talking about identity ... Zen Women ...

    Our Tea Houses are now served ... and more are brewing ... Our Friendly 'Tea Houses' ...

    A little Tongen this week ... and some recordings of recent weeks ... Tonglen Practice Circle ...


    We have announced our upcoming Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts) preparations and Ango (90-day Dedicated Practice Period) season coming in September ... and you are invited:

    ANNOUNCEMENT: It's JUKAI TIME .... 2020!

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Treeleaf 'ANGO' (The 90 Days) --2020--

    All welcome!

    And DON'T FORGET! ... the experiment continues, and we need you! ... A TREELEAF EXPERIMENT with EVERYONE’S PARTICIPATION REQUESTED: “LAH” (Lend A Hand)

    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.


    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):

    Gassho, Jundo

    Last edited by Jundo; 08-17-2020 at 07:47 AM.

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