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    Jan 1st 2021 Our NEW YEAR 4-hour Treeleaf ZAZENKAI- COME CELEBRATE A NEW THIS MOMENT!

    PLEASE JOIN US TO CELEBRATE A PEACEFUL, and HEALTHY,
    'YEAR OF THE COW' (OX)!




    Our readings this time will be some wonderful poems and teachings by a Soto Ancestor, Daichi Zenji, a new discovery for me
    (text below in this thread)

    Please sit our Monthly 4-Hour Treeleaf Zazenkai netcast LIVE 8am to noon Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 6pm to 10pm, Los Angeles 3pm to 7pm (Friday night), London 11pm to 3am and Paris midnight to 4am (early Saturday morning)), and also sitable any time thereafter:


    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

    Dharma Talk Audio / Podcast Episode:
    https://treeleaf.podbean.com/e/janua...-daichi-zenji/

    The Sitting Schedule is as follows:

    00:00 - 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA IN JAPANESE / SANDOKAI IN ENGLISH) & ZAZEN
    00:50 - 01:00 KINHIN
    01:00 - 01:30 ZAZEN
    01:30 - 01:50 KINHIN

    01:50 - 02:30 DHARMA TALK & ZAZEN
    02:30 - 02:40 KINHIN & HOKEY-POKEY RITUAL

    02:40 - 03:15 ZAZEN
    03:15 - 03:30 KINHIN
    03:30 - 04:00 METTA CHANT & ZAZEN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT, FOUR VOWS, & CLOSING
    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah


    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; 01-06-2021 at 01:29 AM. Reason: Added one-way youtube video.
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    OUR NEW YEARS TALK will be based on the Poems and Teachings of Daichi Zenji ...

    大智祖継 Daichi Sokei Zenji (1290-1366) became a monk under 寒巌義尹 Kangan Giin (1217-1300) who was a disciple of Dogen Zenji. After Kangan's death he visited various teachers. Later he practiced with Keizan Zenji for seven years. When he was twenty five years old, he went to China and stayed there for eleven years [including several months he was shipwrecked in Korea on the way home]. After returning to Japan he received transmission from 明峰素哲 Meihō Sotetsu (1277-1350) who was one of the main disciples of Keizan Zenji. Daichi is famous for his poetry.

    More here: https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/daichi.html
    One of Daichi Zenji's verses, titled Gantan (New Year's Day).

    If someone asks me, "What is the Buddha Dharma of New Year?"
    I would open my mouth and say, "there are no words to tell you."
    When the New Year comes, the true face of spring is revealed everywhere around us.
    Look at the December plum newly blooming because the spring winds have blown
    (Nothing is hidden. No need to speak in words).


    Some other poems by him (all translated from the French by Google AI without my changing a word! Wow! )

    Non-sentient beings hear it.
    The wind sows disorder in the cold forest and the leaves invade the garden
    Even though no one is there, the perimeter wall has ears.
    Stone lanterns and columns, please don't raise your voice for a little while.

    Mujō seppō no wa

    Les êtres non sensibles l'entendent.
    Le vent sème le désordre dans la froide forêt et les feuilles envahissent le jardin
    Même s'il n'y a personne, le mur d'enceinte a des oreilles.
    Lanternes de pierre et colonnes, s'il vous plaît, n'élevez pas la voix pendant un petit moment.


    and

    Burning incense, I sit under an old pine tree
    The wind blows and the cold dew soaks my monk's robe
    One day, I got up from my zafu, and I went down to the blue valley.
    As I left, in the bottle, I drew the morning moon out of the current.

    Brûlant de l'encens, je m'assieds sous un vieux pin
    Le vent souffle et la rosée froide trempe ma robe de moine
    Un jour, je me suis levé de mon zafu, et je suis descendu dans la vallée bleue.
    En partant, dans la bouteille, j'ai puisé hors du courant la lune du matin.


    Daichi Nyorai also left us a lovely teaching for lay folks who will come to stay with monks for retreat in a monastery. It is filled with advice on daily practice in all our lives. Here is a sample:

    What the buddhas and ancestors have been properly transmitting is nothing but sitting. When you sit, hold your hands in hokkai join [the Zazen mudra], cross your legs, keep your body upright without leaning; do not think of anything, do not be concerned with anything, not even the buddha dharma. This is beyond buddha, much less the cycle of life and death. Once you have thrown yourself into the ocean of the vows of the buddhas, just conduct yourself with the demeanor of the buddhas, and forgo attachment to your own body. ...

    ... When doing zazen, cast off thoughts of both the buddha ancestors and of good or bad in the secular world. Being free from thought and activity is called zazen. This is also called zanmai o zanmai (the king of samadhis). Sitting zazen for even a little while is the primary practice which goes beyond the pinnacle of buddhahood. The karma of life and death is exhausted enabling entry into the rank of the buddha ancestors.

    ...

    At the end of the Hour of the Rabbit (5 a.m.), have gruel for breakfast. At the point, give up the mind of zazen. Concentrate on eating gruel; reflecting on the six paramitas - tasting the six flavors (bitter, sour, sweet, hot, salty, and moderate) and chanting the ten benefits of eating gruel. Do not think of anything good, much less anything evil. When you have breakfast, just attend fully to the gruel, with both body and mind and do not be concerned with zazen or any other activities. This is called clarifying the time of gruel and realizing [satori] the mind of gruel. At this very time, you have a pure realization of the mind of the buddha ancestors

    ...

    In the Hour of the Dragon (7 a.m.), if it is still dark, practice as if it were the Hour of the Rabbit. The point of sutra chanting is just to hold the sutra book with both hands and to chant wholeheartedly, forgetting both zazen and the meal. Do not pay attention to anything else. This is called realizing and clarifying the chanting of the sutras. At that very time the karma of life and death is exhausted and you will enter the rank of the buddha ancestors. After the practice of chanting, rest for a while. When you rest, be careful not to think or speak of meaningless worldly affairs.

    One last poem ...

    If anyone asks what real Zen is,
    you don't have to open your mouth to explain it.
    Expose all aspects of your posture in zazen.
    Then the spring wind will blow and make the marvelous plum blossom close.

    Si quelqu'un demande ce qu'est le vrai Zen,
    il n'est pas nécessaire que vous ouvriez la bouche pour l'expliquer.
    Exposez tous les aspects de votre posture en zazen.
    Alors le vent du printemps soufflera et fera clore la merveilleuse fleur du prunier.


    Nine Bows, J

    STLah

    Last edited by Jundo; 01-01-2021 at 04:07 AM.
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    Thanks Jundo. Hope to join you all.

    Gassho, Chris satlah

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    Thank you, Jundo. I'm looking forward to the first zazenkai of the year.

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

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    As most of us are now officially in the cold of winter (tip of the hat to Chris, Onka and our other friends enjoying their summer), our Hokey Pokey today is a touch of winter polka ...



    Gassho, J

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    I look forward to this teaching. I hope to join you live. Might not work out as I will need to dose my cat with two medications during that time. She is recovering from surgery, but is still 15lbs of hilariously uncooperative haus panther.
    Gassho,
    Krista
    stlah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    As most of us are now officially in the cold of winter (tip of the hat to Chris, Onka and our other friends enjoying their summer), our Hokey Pokey today is a touch of winter polka ...
    I really thought, we'd dance to the new Boston Dynamics dancing robots video ;-)
    As usual, I'll sit with you all the following local morning.
    Gassho,
    Kotei sat/lah today.

    義道 冴庭 / Gidou Kotei.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    As most of us are now officially in the cold of winter (tip of the hat to Chris, Onka and our other friends enjoying their summer), our Hokey Pokey today is a touch of winter polka ...



    Gassho, J

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    See you all soon. I'll bring the ding ding ding and the knock knock knock.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi
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    sekishi
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    I can't seem to find the Zoom link for some reason...

    EDIT: Nvm found another way in

    Apologies for leaving early, might sit the rest over the weekend.


    Evan,
    Sat today, lah
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    That hat looks pretty good. _()_

    gassho
    shonin sat/lah today
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    Deep bows to all.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi #sat #lah
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    Thank you Jundo, Sekishi and everyone. And Happy New Year!!!

    Gassho and hugs
    Jakuden
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    Quote Originally Posted by gaurdianaq View Post
    I can't seem to find the Zoom link for some reason...
    Evan (and everyone really), if you ever want to join us and get turned around, just remember - treeleaf.org/now for Zoom room links, the calendar, etc.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi
    #sat #lah
    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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    Thank you so much Jundo. Wonderful talk! Thank you my dear friends. It's such a joy to share this practice with you.

    Gassho, Chris satlah
    Last edited by Yokai; 01-02-2021 at 03:24 AM.

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    Thank you all for a wonderful zazenkai. Jundo, as always, you have the most timely and well thought out things to say and I will never not be in awe with you. Everyone else, you are precious to me and I can’t express the joy you bring to me.

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    Thank you, Jundo, and everyone. The readings and talk were wonderful, and I wonder about that hat, as nice as it is.

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

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    Thank you Jundo, Sekishi, and all for another wonderful Zazenkai.

    I only realized earlier today that it's been two months since we last did the Hokey Pokey due to Rohatsu. Personally, I think it would be a welcome addition to the official Rohatsu retreat schedule . . . just sayin'.

    Gassho,
    Rob

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    Thank you all for your practice, and thank you, Jundo, for a wonderful teaching.
    Gassho,
    Krista
    stlah

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    Just to clarify ...

    The earth is spinning about 1000 mph ...

    The earth is moving through the solar system about 67,000 mph ...

    And the whole solar system is moving through the milky way galaxy at about 490,000 miles per hour!

    (Metric people ... I will leave you to the conversion)

    Gassho, J

    STLah
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    Thank you Jundo and everyone for this New Year Zazenkai.
    It's astonishing how quickly AI translating tools improved!

    Gassho
    Sat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ania View Post
    Thank you Jundo and everyone for this New Year Zazenkai.
    It's astonishing how quickly AI translating tools improved!

    Gassho
    Sat
    It was awesome having you there live, Ania!

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    Thank you Jundo, Sekishi and everyone (those who sat, and will sit ). Getting to practice with you all has come to mean a lot to me. Happy New Year!

    Gassho,

    Ryan S.
    Sat Today

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    Thank you everyone. I sat with you this morning.

    Happy New Year!


    Tairin
    Sat today and lah
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    Thank you everyone! Happy 2021 !!!
    Nikolas
    Sat/Lah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Just to clarify ...

    The earth is spinning about 1000 mph ...

    The earth is moving through the solar system about 67,000 mph ...

    And the whole solar system is moving through the milky way galaxy at about 490,000 miles per hour!
    A little Monty Python to help us all remember:



    And since this could possibly be construed as NSFW due to a line-graph-style-animated-human-reproduction sequence, here are just the lyrics if you'd prefer:

    Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
    And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour
    That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned
    A sun that is the source of all our power

    The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
    Are moving at a million miles a day
    In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour
    Of the galaxy we call the 'milky way'

    Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars
    It's a hundred thousand light years side to side
    It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick
    But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide

    We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point
    We go 'round every two hundred million years
    And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
    In this amazing and expanding universe

    The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
    In all of the directions it can whizz
    As fast as it can go, the speed of light, you know
    Twelve million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is

    So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure
    How amazingly unlikely is your birth
    And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
    'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth
    Gassho,
    Sekishi
    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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    Thank you all for sitting. What a great way to start the new year!

    Lovely talk, Jundo, and I especially appreciated your comments on self-power (jiriki) and other-power (tariki). I remember an article by British Pure Land Buddhist David Brazier in Tricycle in which he argued that Zen was a school based on self-power and I commented that seemed to be a fundamental misunderstanding of the practice of Shikantaza in which the universe sits the self rather than the other way around.

    Gassho
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