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

We welcome Mr. Bob Dylan to our Zazenkai this week ... our, at least, somebody who sounds like Bob ...

Our book club is rolling again ... Zen women - Chapter 5, pages 77-82 ...

Soto Zen and Stoicism ... Is there commonality ... Sotoicism? ... Be patient and find out! ...

We will have a couple of new sections in our Arts and Music Circle ... Fiber Crafts (Fibre Crafts for the UK ) ... and Folk Music and Early Music ...

... plus too much going on in our Arts groups to list separately!

There is a new Tea House ... the Hidden Track Tea House ... plus our old favorite haunts ...

There was Tonglen this week ... and never too late to Tonglen ...

Never too late to atone either ... RYAKU FUSATSU - Full Moon Precepts Recommitment Ceremony ... recommit any time, any place ...

A gate a day ... The 108 GATES of DHARMA ILLUMINATION with Shokai ...

And a little talk by me on why the little stuff matters ... SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: Small Things in the Zendo ...

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