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

Please sit our monthly Zazenkai ... the first stop on my 20 City, 4 Continent, Around the World (via Zoom ) Universal Book Tour ...

More discussions this week on why Treeleaf is basically a "No Politics Zone" EXCEPT for some social issues and policies arising from the Precepts ... A Time for Coming Together, Looking Past "Ours" and "Yours" ...

... and ... A Zen Sangha is not like Other Places ...

... and strong disagreements in our Art Circle regarding not posting national flags, political symbols and pictures of particular candidates there ...

Here's something we can all agree on! ... ANNOUNCEMENT: Our 2020 TREELEAF Home-Leaving ORDINATION of Ralf Kotei Prehn ... On November 22nd ...

Dick asked for our full list of Precepts at Treeleaf ... though the meaning in one's heart is more important than specific words ...

Is Shobogenzo eye (and ear) of the beholder ... or is there certain meaning within its covers? ... Meeting the Shōbōgenzō ...

An update from Onkai on her Experience at Village Zendo Workshop on Race ...

A good time for Tonglen ... especially when the world is filled with political strife ...

Hey, maybe I did not tell you 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