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    February 7th Recommended Threads

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

    We begin a series of talks looking at the Heart Sutra ... each month in our Treeleaf Monthly Zazenkai ...

    Some good discussion on taking practice off the cushion, and into all of life ... Taking Zazen Into Everyday Life ...

    and Zen beyond Zazen

    Why we keep our eyes open in Zazen ... an eye-opening discussion! ... Sitting with eyes open ...

    When is a "translation" not a "translation"? ... "Fake Buddhist News" ...

    Zafu Cushion Suggestions ... a good place to rest ...

    Zen Studies Podcast ... they are great and down to earth ... from our friend Domyo ...

    Of course, don't forget our Zen of Everything podcast ... which is binge-worthy (this week's topic too!) ...

    PG-17 ... but FUNNY: Zazen for the REALLY hard days ... (WARNING: Naughty Words) ...

    All kinds of things are brewing in our Arts & Music center ...

    Shokai is opening doors ... The 108 GATES of DHARMA ILLUMINATION ... a Dharma-a-day keeps the doctor away! ...

    And last but not least, be sure to catch ... in our "no words" book club ... listening to voices sometimes not heard ... reading Zen Women ...

    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

    Last edited by Jundo; 02-15-2021 at 03:08 AM.

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    And the link to the Zen Cushion post is timely as I need a new Zafu. Thank you.

    Neika / Ian Adams

    寧 Nei - Peaceful/Courteous
    火 Ka - Fire

    Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil. --Dogen

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