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    October 30th-31st Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - Let's Forget Politics Awhile Zazenkai

    NOTE: Daylight Savings has changed in Europe, not yet N. America.
    Australia/NZ folks & Others ... you figure it out!


    OUR ZAZENKAI TODAY WILL BE A HAVEN FROM ALL THE POLITICS AROUND THE WORLD



    Dear All,

    Please sit our Treeleaf Zazenkai for 90 minutes with Zazen, Heart Sutra and more:

    10am Japan Saturday morning, NY 9pm, LA 6pm Friday night, London 1am and Paris 2am Saturday morning, or any time thereafter here:




    However, "one way" live sitters are encouraged to come into the Zoom sitting, and just leave the camera and microphone turned off: Join live (with or without a camera & microphone) on Zoom at: TREELEAF Now OR at DIRECT ZOOM LINK, password (if needed): dogen

    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) ...


    Chant Book is here for those who wish to join in: CHANT BOOK LINK

    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
    Last edited by Sekishi; 10-30-2020 at 06:36 PM. Reason: Added one-way youtube video.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Great Idea,

    See you tomorrow Jundo!

    Ippo

    SatToday

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    Can not wait to see all of you later!

    SatToday
    Jake

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    Will sit with the recording tomorrow, seeing family for the first time in 8 months due to quarantine for my birthday today. See everyone later ☺️����

    Gassho,

    Jesse ST

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    Treeleaf Unsui / Engineer Sekishi's Avatar
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    See y'all soon.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    NOTE: Daylight Savings has changed in Europe, not yet N. America.
    Australia/NZ folks & Others ... you figure it out!
    If you need help, it should** be right in the Treeleaf NOW calendar: https://www.treeleaf.org/now/#calendar

    Gassho,
    Sekishi
    #sat

    ** Not guaranteed. Caveat emptor.
    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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    Will be there with bells ready..

    Gassho,
    Washin
    stlah
    Kaido (有道) Every Way
    Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
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    I am a novice priest-in-training. Anything what I say must not be considered as teaching
    and should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse View Post
    Will sit with the recording tomorrow, seeing family for the first time in 8 months due to quarantine for my birthday today. See everyone later ☺️����

    Gassho,

    Jesse ST
    Happy Birthday, Jesse! Hope you have a nice visit.
    Gassho,
    Krista
    st

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    Happy Birthday, Jesse!

    Thanks everyone for sitting!

    The talk about silence made me think of the "noble silence" during retreats. When there's nothing to say, the moment in front of you speaks for itself.

    Gassho,
    Kenny
    Sat Today

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    Thanks Jundo and all my Treeleaf friends for sharing Zazenkai & a trippy tea time(!) beyond any division

    Gassho, Chris satlah

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    Thank you, Jundo, Washin, and everyone for the zazenkai and tea time. A lot of good feelings shared even when words failed in the tea time.

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

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    Thank you Jundo, Washin, and all!

    Tonight's practice reminded me that, as much as we all like to talk around here (myself included), the time we spend sitting together in silence is often the most precious.

    Gassho,
    Rob

    -stlah-

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    Thank you everyone!
    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 Jundo, Sekishi, Washin and everybody for this lovely Zazenkai.
    Gassho,
    Mateus
    Sat today/LAH

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    Thank you everyone. I sat with you this morning.


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

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    Sat with the recording this morning.

    Thank you Jundo for the talk, it was a lovely way to start the day and brought some answers to questions that have been on my mind this week.

    Thank you all

    Gassho, Darren

    Sat Today, lah

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    Dear Ones, I sat 1/2 hr yesterday 8 a.m. tonight 8 p.m. listened to our intro zazen yesterday eve this evening, will not to promise will try. to do Sunday sit. I have experienced joy in sitting tonight. Thank you, Kyosui.
    Gassho
    st/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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    Sat On Demand. Thank you everyone.

    sat


    Seishin

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    Shin - Heart

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    Thank you everyone! Happy Birthday Jesse!
    Nikolas
    Sat/Lah
    Last edited by Nikos; 11-01-2020 at 08:09 AM.

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    Thank you all for sitting with me!

    Gassho
    Kokuu
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    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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    Sitting this one tonight.

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Thank you all for sitting with me, and Jundo for the timely talk.

    Gassho,

    Peter
    satlah

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    It was a good sit


    Evan,
    Sat today, lah
    Just going through life one day at a time!

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    Thank you for sitting with me, it was lovely.

    Greeting from a rainy, windy, Scotland.

    Gassho,
    Mags
    ST

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    Thank you everyone. I sat with the recording today.
    Metta to Jundo and his friends. May we be able to recognise our attachment to opinions for what it truly is. May we see the person in front of us for who they really are. May love and compassion shine through delusion.



    Gassho
    Sat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ania View Post
    Thank you everyone. I sat with the recording today.
    Metta to Jundo and his friends. May we be able to recognise our attachment to opinions for what it truly is. May we see the person in front of us for who they really are. May love and compassion shine through delusion.



    Gassho
    Sat
    Just for the record, I was called a "communist" by one fellow for stating that, in my personal view, it is an aspect of our Precepts and Vows that children should have access to quality and affordable health care, and that I benefit from living in Japan which has an excellent national health insurance system (saved my life from cancer, weeks in hospital after surgery, all kinds of tests, rehab, for the equivalent of a few thousand dollars), which to some, is "socialism" which is "communism."

    I was called by another a "racist" for stating that racial minorities may be sometimes discriminated against in subtle ways in society (thus, I am a "racist" against white people).

    It is a harsh world these days.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Just for the record, I was called a "communist" by one fellow for stating that, in my personal view, it is an aspect of our Precepts and Vows that children should have access to quality and affordable health care, and that I benefit from living in Japan which has an excellent national health insurance system (saved my life from cancer, weeks in hospital after surgery, all kinds of tests, rehab, for the equivalent of a few thousand dollars), which to some, is "socialism" which is "communism."

    I was called by another a "racist" for stating that racial minorities may be sometimes discriminated against in subtle ways in society (thus, I am a "racist" against white people).

    It is a harsh world these days.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    People can get so stuck in delusion that they start seeing attacks against them that aren't even there... It makes me sad


    Evan,
    Sat today, lah
    Just going through life one day at a time!

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    The world is very polarised now, the art of debate is almost dead, people look for opportunities to call each other names. I understood that no matter how gently you'll try to explain to others certain things, they won't listen. My neighbour I grew up with is edging on extreme far right, he's filling my inbox with conspiracy theories. I don't challenge him on his views, instead I ask what he's afraid of. I don't speak up about BLM, I ask my black friends about their experiences. I have a couple of Muslim friends who indirectly are trying to convert me. They're the most gentle and generous people I've ever met, I listen to them with curiosity, my views about religion don't matter - they as people do matter. After the government in my country announced near total ban on abortion (where there is zero support for disabled people) I haven't called my nun for a week, to let my head cool off. My nun and her love matters and not her ultra orthodox Catholic views.
    Dear Jundo, is it possible that your mastery at words and previous laywer occupation makes it tempting and kind of a second nature to engage in dabates?
    I believe that Dharma cannot be defended in words, it is lived out in the relation we have to other human being (other sientent beings) and one of the ways to connect is to touch people's fear. Underneath the ping pong game of opinions there's fear.

    I'm sorry for going over 3 sentences and if I overstepped my mark with this post.
    Gassho
    Sat

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    The world is very polarised now, the art of debate is almost dead, people look for opportunities to call each other names. I understood that no matter how gently you'll try to explain to others certain things, they won't listen. My neighbour I grew up with is edging on extreme far right, he's filling my inbox with conspiracy theories. I don't challenge him on his views, instead I ask what he's afraid of. I don't speak up about BLM, I ask my black friends about their experiences. I have a couple of Muslim friends who indirectly are trying to convert me. They're the most gentle and generous people I've ever met, I listen to them with curiosity, my views about religion don't matter - they as people do matter. After the government in my country announced near total ban on abortion (where there is zero support for disabled people) I haven't called my nun for a week, to let my head cool off. My nun and her love matters and not her ultra orthodox Catholic views.
    Dear Jundo, is it possible that your mastery at words and previous lawyer occupation makes it tempting and kind of a second nature to engage in dabates?
    I believe that Dharma cannot be defended in words, it is lived out in the relation we have to other human being (other sientent beings) and one of the ways to connect is to touch people's fear. Underneath the ping pong game of opinions there's fear.

    I'm sorry for going over 3 sentences and if I overstepped my mark with this post.
    Gassho
    Sat
    Just for the record, I was called a "communist" by one fellow for stating that, in my personal view, it is an aspect of our Precepts and Vows that children should have access to quality and affordable health care, and that I benefit from living in Japan which has an excellent national health insurance system (saved my life from cancer, weeks in hospital after surgery, all kinds of tests, rehab, for the equivalent of a few thousand dollars), which to some, is "socialism" which is "communism."

    I was called by another a "racist" for stating that racial minorities may be sometimes discriminated against in subtle ways in society (thus, I am a "racist" against white people).

    It is a harsh world these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ania View Post
    Dear Jundo, is it possible that your mastery at words and previous lawyer occupation makes it tempting and kind of a second nature to engage in dabates?
    Hah! There is a time to sit silently, in Wholeness and Light, beyond words.

    There is a time to just assent to the world, silently, with equanimity at whatever transpires.

    There is a time to just smile at a friend's opinion, agreeing to disagree, for the friendship is most important.

    There is a time to walk past, because some things are just not worth the trouble.

    But there is also a time to speak up, to press a point, especially today in which so many people have no respect for fact, history, science and what is right. That is the time to open one's mouth, to say what needs to be said, to argue against ignorance and misinformation, and to speak one's piece.

    All in its time.

    (Sorry for running long this time)

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Just for the record; I sat through the entire "Zazenkai" yesterday morning. Because of medical science, I receive a procedure, Radio Frequency Ablation," $15, 000 every 9 months. My wife bestowed upon me the Cadillac of health insurance from the Federal Government because she worked as a Civil Servant for 30 years and 4 days, then retired. I receive Social Security and she receives a pension. Because for many years I could not manage money, I receive an allowance of spending money (I have bipolar one,; Many with my condition cannot use money properly.). This is fair and often she allows me to go beyond when something is needed. She is my best friend. When I received the gift of my rakusu, sewed and given because I have limited use of my left hand, gift from Treeleaf, she sewed the cover ,according to pattern, from scraps in her sewing box in one evening. The rakusu is dark green, and I take this to mean I teach by example never directly. I was a teacher in until I was 57. Now the Precepts, as undertaken in Jukai, study for Ango, and the adding something. I have made a friend in our Zendo an older man like me, and this makes three older friends I have in our Zendo. Our Zendo so special to me.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Hah! There is a time to sit silently, in Wholeness and Light, beyond words.

    There is a time to just assent to the world, silently, with equanimity at whatever transpires.

    There is a time to just smile at a friend's opinion, agreeing to disagree, for the friendship is most important.

    There is a time to walk past, because some things are just not worth the trouble.

    But there is also a time to speak up, to press a point, especially today in which so many people have no respect for fact, history, science and what is right. That is the time to open one's mouth, to say what needs to be said, to argue against ignorance and misinformation, and to speak one's piece.

    All in its time.

    (Sorry for running long this time)

    Gassho, J

    STLah


    Gassho
    Sat

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    Thank you all for this one, very relevant now more than ever.

    Gassho,

    Josh
    SatToday/LaH

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    Just finished the recording. Many wise comments.

    Gassho

    Sat today lah.

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    To call me Elderly and my wife Marjorie agrees is an insult.
    Gassho
    sat
    Tai Shi


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    Life is tough, and the older you get the tougher is gets. Just try to munch your carrots with half set of choppers. Last night by 7 m was bleeding so bad from an extracted molar third molar I’ve lost, dentist who did not suture the wound caused my mouth to loss a unit of blood. By 7 Marjorie rushed to the ER and by wheelchair into a room. There a wonderful doctor, who told me he’d seen COVID 19 patients, saved my life. I ask how many times does a doctor have to save my life. This doctor was gentle and caring and obviously tired, held his finger on the wound for about 15 minutes, cleaned my mouth with instruments that would have cost us a fortune. He injected Lidocaine into my gum the injected into several places a medication that localized clotting, closed the wound. He then cleaned my mouth again and had me bite on surgical cotton for another 15 minutes cleaned my mouth again sent me home as he briskly left to help another patient. I told him I knew the tough road doctors face in medical school. I called him doctor. I know few people call these people doctor and I s bed a few tears because I know that often in my past I’ve in an off handed way remarked hay doc, or worse. I know he deserves gratitude from every patient and perhaps he’s working a double shift taking care of COVID patients on one side other patients on the other he sees me. I said to him maybe soon they’ll be a vaccine and he said well maybe? May or Maybe not. This Is the new normal and yes the dentist and the doctor put their lives on the line. What of nurses, technicians, house keeping engineers, the people who work in laundry. I think of this country and places where there are no doctors, nurses, let alone technicians. Tonight my belly is full, and it doesn’t matter to me, but maybe this doctor has skipped a meal. Maybe people in other countries have nothing to eat. I am truly moved every night my wife does the dishes for me that we have extra soap and water to do these dishes. Ours is a world of difference between Wares, Mexico and Yuma, Arizona. I have clean water to wash dishes which would be drinking water in Ruanda. The world is uneven. My wife and I have taken to showering every three days, wearing some clothes four days, doing dishes every two days, and this really helps .I’ve started sit anger trying to make a simple case that older are often overlooked when health is valued more than age. Youth, eternal youth the goal of young and old, even healthy people. We as the aged are seeing this in the callus views in my own USA. This is a world of haves and have nots Jundo, out of pocket, how much did your cancer treatment cost out of mocket? My friend Jeremy has Juvinile Diabetes, once treated for diabetic shock. Cost $25000 he had nothing; now has a pretty good job. The hospital garnishes his wages every month $400. Go figure. At least he has food and shelter, family helps him and his daughter; he’s a single parent!
    Gassho
    sat
    Tai Shi


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    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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    Sometimes I underestimate our Zendo, I say I have only two, or three friends. I yet see friends everywhere, Friends without boarders. Treeleaf everywhere. Our Zendo is our world is our temple. I see friends everywhere.
    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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    I see friends everywhere where earlier I saw none. Today is a day of gratitude. Thank you!
    Gassho
    With humility
    Not sometimes there!
    I know you do know!
    Yes, thank you from my heart
    sat
    Tai Shi

    Excuse me Jundo as I weep
    These things had to be said
    Tai Shi


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