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    October 4th Recommended Threads

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

    Our next Precept for peaceful reflection ... PRECEPTS III - To Refrain From Taking Life ...

    Please sit our monthly, 4-hour Treeleaf Zazenkai ... this time, looking at the Verse of Atonement & the Four Vows ...

    How to chant the Heart Sutra in English ... and how it is done in Asia ... music without sound or words ...

    A little bedtime reading on sleep deprivation and Zen ... I think some traditional Buddhists did not understand the physiological importance of healthy, moderate sleep ...

    Survivors of an International Buddhist Cult share their stories ... why the few bad apples should not cause us to forget the whole orchard ...

    In our Engaged Buddhism section ... a little discussion of Healthy diet, climate sustainability, and Zen ...

    What and when is Dokusan (meeting with the teacher) around here ... and why I keep it very informal ...

    There's Tonglen in the air tonight ... Tonglen Practice Circle 4 October 2020 ...

    In the podcast this week ... listen to it and earn some good Karma Points! ... 'The ZEN of EVERYTHING! Podcast' ... Episode 35 ... Karma

    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; 10-04-2020 at 03:25 AM.

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