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

You are invited to sit our latest Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai ... Remembering Bodhidharma ...

For our Preceptees ... taking only what is given ... PRECEPTS IV - To Refrain from Stealing ...

Speaking of Bodhidharma and the Precept on not Stealing ... a Chinese movie about him, and another about The Legend of Huineng ... both apparently legal to watch ...

Don't forget our other Zazen sittings and groups during the week ... including a new "free sitting" group suited to Europe and the Austro-Zealies ...

Two installments in the series ... Zen as Embodiment (5) - All the Time Zazen ... if you have the time ...

Zen as Embodiment (6) - All the World's Suffering ... turned right around in Zazen ...

Stop by our tea houses ... for a soft beverage of your choice ... meeting at various times ...

Oh, and I am pleased to announce that my book will be released in 10 days ... The Zen Master's Dance ...

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