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

Please sit our Treeleaf "AT HOME" 2-DAY ROHATSU RETREAT held this past weekend, but sitable any time! ... Preparatory lessons and information here:

... designed to be sat in any time zone, in big or small bites, and when your busy days allow ... the "Main Page" with "real time" recordings of all activities is here:

Our Rohatsu is also in memory of Nishijima Gudo Wafu Roshi ... his "non-birthday" celebration ...

Rohatsu is also dedicated to all our sick members ... some with Covid, some with other things ... and all who love and care for them.

Just posted for our Preceptees ... PRECEPTS IX - To Refrain from Self-Praise Judging Others ... Ain't I grand for telling you!

How should I choose the Zen practice to commit to? ... A question that nobody can answer for you, find what resonates in your life ... And yet, something is special about the "non-choosing" of Shikantaza! ...

Announcing a very special even upcoming ... with a friend of our Sangha ... ATTENTION: Special Zazenkai December 27th, with Heiku Jaime Mcleod ...

Just a bump ... by our Zen of Technology & Scientific Discovery! thread always has eye opening stuff ... like these ...

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