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

Please sit, when and where you are, our Treeleaf Zazenkai ... any place and any time in space or time ...

Our year (?) long series of Talks on the Heart Sutra, as part of our monthly Treeleaf Zazenkai, is ... now available on the Treeleaf Podcast ...

How to see bad things in this world ... and why do Zen masters still see a grand beauty ... and how are we to dance our life in between ... Thoughts about the Dance

Annoyed and questioned by "buddhist metaphysics" ... All this talk about "non-self" can bother some folks, but is meant as liberating ... and it is ...

When to prepare for Jukai? In the Autumn. ... When to live the Precepts? NOW ! .... A question about Jukai - prerequisites and readiness ...

I wonder if Dogen had a clean desk? (I bet he did) ... but I sure don't ...

There was some Tonglen today ... Tonglen on the tip of your tongue ...

The 108 GATES of DHARMA ILLUMINATION with Shokai continues ... in the 50s now ... but jump in anywhere ...

In our "No Words" Book Club ... we are listening to Zen Women ...

Also, WE ARE HAVING A MEMBER SURVEY ... Please help us out by providing some comments ... Thank you ...

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