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    A Time for Coming Together, Looking Past "Ours" and "Yours"

    Dear All,

    What I am going to say is not particularly original, nor anything that 1001 other commentators and clergy are not also saying various places today.

    Now is a time to look past winning and losing, my side and your side, and to work to come together. Coming together, as hard as it seems, is our only hope. We have real problems in society to deal with, and we will only be able to face them if we reach out to others with whom we disagree.

    Oh, I have my own (quite passionate) personal political references, and there are events today that I am celebrating as well as some developments which I am mourning. There are millions and millions of people doing the same today, from their perspectives. There are places on the internet where I can even be heard to express my particular views.

    But here within a Zen Sangha, we must look beyond particular candidates, my candidate or your candidate, win or lose, to transcendence, healing, peaceful coming together, breaking bread with former foes, forgiveness, new starts, buried hatchets and waters under the bridge. Thus, in our Zen Sangha, I am asking that particular candidates' victories not be praised or decried, but that we step up and step beyond all that. If we are to celebrate anything, it is that the social system is holding together, leadership is changing peacefully (with some bumps) and free of large-scale violence, and there is work for all of us to do now. Believe it or not, we have members of our Treeleaf Sangha, all good people, who voted for their respective "sides" for their own good reasons ... and all are welcome here. We have so many members outside the USA, but they have their politics and preferences too. We are all winners within Treeleaf Sangha! That is a message which steps beyond "my side" and "your side," as we reach to the other side to shake hands (or elbow bump these days).

    Especially in Zazen, we drop all thought of "sides" (and of 10,000 other things too), and Just Sit. Then, after Zazen, we can get up off our asses to get to work, making this world better somehow.

    That is my message, something that 1001 other folks are also saying today, more elegantly too.

    (sorry for running long)

    Gassho, Jundo


    Last edited by Jundo; 11-08-2020 at 05:29 AM.

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    Thank you, gassho.

    Sat, lah

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    求道芸化 Kyudo Geika
    I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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    Coming together, as hard as it seems, is our only hope.
    Thank you, Jundo

    Kaido (有道) Every Way
    Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
    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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    Thank you, Jundo Roshi


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    清 道 寂田
    I am a novice priest. Any resemblance my posts may have to actual teachings about the Dharma, living or dead, is purely coincidental (and just my attempt to be helpful).

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    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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    Wise words. Thank you Jundo

    Sat today and lah
    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

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    Thank you Jundo.



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    Thanks Jundo, most elegantly put

    Gassho, Chris satlah

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    Did somebody have an election ??

    gassho, a true Canuck
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

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    I needed to hear this.


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