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    November 1st Recommended Threads

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

    Our Treeleaf Zazenkai this week is a NO POLITICS ZONE ... but that does not mean that we don't care ... and it does not mean that we can't get active after sitting too

    For folks who want the shorter version ... A Talk: Our Zendo As A "No Politics Zone" ...

    In this same light, a message from one of our members on "the morning after" elections ... With Hope ...

    We are taking suggestions, from everyone but especially from folks in the LGBTQ+ communities, on how to adjust the wording and content of some of our ceremonies ... Proposed Change To The Treeleaf Eko Dedication ...

    Up at 2am for Zazen, in bed by 9pm ... and that is considered luxurious!! ... Kakunen shares the Sesshin schedule of his monastic priest training ...

    Someone asks for some Residential Sesshin Suggestions in North America next year ... really hard to guess right now, but they are coming back ...

    In our Treeleaf Art Circle ... looking for suggestions to gather an Art Circle Resources library ...

    ... also, the folks continue EXPRESSING CREATIVITY: clay, fiber, metal, ink, etc. ... no material limits ...

    A fellow wrote me looking for a place to hang after Zazen ... so here's the places ... Our Friendly 'Tea Houses' ...

    Our Zen of Everything Podcast this time is about ... my new book! ... THE ZEN MASTER'S DANCE ...

    Oh, and did I mention that I have a new book?? ... (please post a few comments at the Mighty Amazon ... especially if you liked it, or even if you don't ) ... THE ZEN MASTER’S DANCE by Jundo Cohen!

    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


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    PS - And just in case anyone missed it, I happy to have a new book out ... THE ZEN MASTER'S DANCE ... and here's the biggest picture I could find ...


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