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  1. #501
    The memories are shadows of what I have experienced, they are not the experiences.
    The experiences have gone, but the memories remain. - 安知 Anchi


    STLah

  2. #502
    It was lovely to sit with you all again today.

    Gassho,
    Nengyoku
    Sat

  3. #503
    Quote Originally Posted by Yuki View Post

    HAKUIN ZENJI ZAZEN WASAN
    (In English first, then in Japanese)
    Dedicated to
    Mitchell Doshin Cantor Roshi

    Please mention Doshin Cantor, if you would, and not too late. That was his chant.

    Gassho, Jundo
    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Please mention Doshin Cantor, if you would, and not too late. That was his chant.

    Gassho, Jundo
    STLah
    We will chant HAKUIN ZENJI ZAZEN WASAN for him all this week, honoring his memory.

    黙唱
    Mokushō
    Sat today

  5. #505
    Quote Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
    We will chant HAKUIN ZENJI ZAZEN WASAN for him all this week, honoring his memory.

    黙唱
    Mokushō
    Sat today
    Thank you.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    As promised, the gatha for Ejo

    To a disciple named Ejo who wanted to go too fast on the learning of the Way, zen master TOSUI gave him this poem (a gatha, poem who condensed the essence of his teaching ) :
    ______________

    Ejo, let your wisdom and meditation shine unobstructed
    And here and there, drop things
    Give up, even give up the idea of ​​giving up
    What will you have left to let go ?
    Drink the tea and chew the rice
    And don't look elsewhere
    Ejo, let your wisdom and meditation shine unobstructed
    And the ten thousand things will finally find rest
    _______________
    For my part, I printed this poem, substituting the name Ejo for the mine, Mokushō. It have a deep meaning…



    黙唱
    Mokushō
    Sat today

  7. #507
    Lovely!! Merci Mokushō !

    The memories are shadows of what I have experienced, they are not the experiences.
    The experiences have gone, but the memories remain. - 安知 Anchi


    STLah

  8. #508
    The Great Bell Chant (The End Of Suffering)

    Read by Thich Nath Hanh,


    May the sound of this bell
    Penetrate deep into the cosmos
    Even in the darkest spots
    Living beings are able to hear it clearly
    So that all suffering in them cease
    Understanding come to their hearts
    And they transcend the path
    Of sorrow and death

    The universal dharma door is already open
    The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly
    The miracle happens
    A beautiful child appears in the heart
    Of a Lotus flower
    One single drop of this compassionate water
    Is enough to bring back the refreshing spring
    To our mountains and rivers

    Listening to the bell
    I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve
    My mind calm, my body relax
    A smile is born on my lips
    Following the sound of the bell
    My breath brings me back
    To the safe Island of Mindfulness
    In the garden of my heart
    The flowers of Peace bloom beautifully

    The Great Bell Chant (The End Of Suffering) - YouTube




    The memories are shadows of what I have experienced, they are not the experiences.
    The experiences have gone, but the memories remain. - 安知 Anchi


    STLah

  9. #509
    Dear friends!
    I propose to dedicate today's circle to the great teacher and peacemaker Thich Nath Hanh, who left today his physical body, but continues to live in each of us and every part of this world.

    Gassho, Aleksey
    Sat today

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    I agree with you, Aleksey. We will honor Thay in our circle today.


    黙唱
    Mokushō
    Sat today

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    Thanks for this wonderful text, Anchi !
    We will have the occasion to listen it on the Circle.

    Merci beaucoup !

    黙唱
    Mokushō
    Sat today

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    Many thanks to Anchi, Camille, Kyogen, Kumo, Aleksey and Anthony for their participation at the hommage to Thich Nath Hanh this Saturday. It was full of love, compassion and gratitude.



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    Mokushō
    Sat today

  13. #513
    The memories are shadows of what I have experienced, they are not the experiences.
    The experiences have gone, but the memories remain. - 安知 Anchi


    STLah

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    Suggestion of text to read this week.

    The Five Ranks
    By
    Tōzan Ryōkai (Dongshan Liangjie (807–869) )
    translated by Thomas Cleary

    I: The Relative within the Absolute

    In the third watch,
    
beginning of the night, 

    before the moon is bright, 

    do not wonder 
at meeting without recognition; 

    still held hidden in the heart 
is the beauty of former days.

    II: The Absolute within the Relative

    A woman who's overslept
    
encounters an ancient mirror; 

    clearly she sees her face- 

    there is no other reality. 

    Nevertheless,
    she still mistakes 
her reflection for her head.

    III: Coming from within the Absolute

    Within nothingness is a road 
out of the dust;
    
just be able to avoid violating 
the present taboo name 

    and you will surpass 
the eloquence of yore 

    that silenced every tongue.

    IV: Arrival at Mutual Integration

    When two blades cross, 

    no need to flee; 

    an expert is like 
a lotus in fire- 

    clearly there is a spirit 
spontaneuosly soaring.

    V: Unity Attained

    If you are not trapped 

    in being or nonbeing, 

    who can dare to join you?
    
Everyone wants to leave 
the ordinary current,
    
but in the final analysis 

    you come back 
and sit in the ashes.
    __________________

    _ 黙唱
    Mokushō
    Sat today
    _____________

    Drink Your Tea
    ~
    Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
    as if it is the axis
    on which the world earth revolves
    – slowly, evenly, without
    rushing toward the future;
    Live the actual moment.
    Only this moment is life.

    – Thich Nhat Hahn

  15. #515
    What a lovely time sitting with you all.
    I apologize for my being attacked by my playful dog during the enmei jukku kannon gyo

    Gassho,
    Nengyoku
    Sat

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    Here is the text we will read this week.
    Miazawa Kenji

    neither yielding to rain
    nor yielding to wind
    yielding neither to
    snow nor to summer heat
    with a stout body
    like that
    without greed
    never getting angry
    always smiling quietly
    eating one and a half pieces of brown rice
    and bean paste and a bit of
    vegetables a day
    in everything
    not taking oneself
    into account
    looking listening understanding well
    and not forgetting
    living in the shadow of pine trees in a field
    in a small
    hut thatched with miscanthus
    if in the east there’s a
    sick child
    going and nursing
    him
    if in the west there is a tired mother
    going and for her
    carrying
    bundles of rice
    if in the south
    there’s someone
    dying
    going
    and saying
    you don’t have to be
    afraid
    if in the north
    there’s a quarrel
    or a lawsuit
    saying it’s not worth it
    stop it
    in a drought
    shedding tears
    in a cold summer
    pacing back and forth lost
    called
    a good-for-nothing
    by everyone
    neither praised
    nor thought a pain
    someone
    like that
    is what I want
    to be

    See you soon,

    黙唱
    Mokushō
    Sat today

  17. #517
    The memories are shadows of what I have experienced, they are not the experiences.
    The experiences have gone, but the memories remain. - 安知 Anchi


    STLah

  18. #518





    aprapti

    sat

    hobo kore dojo / 歩々これ道場 / step, step, there is my place of practice


    Aprāpti (अप्राप्ति) non-attainment

  19. #519
    Thank you for welcoming me to this circle over the past couple of days!

    Gassho,
    William
    Sat today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrcpt11 View Post
    Thank you for welcoming me to this circle over the past couple of days!

    Gassho,
    William
    Sat today


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    Mokushō
    Sat today

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    Today I propose :

    Sanki Raimon, Hakuin Zenji Zazen Wassan in English and Japanese dedicated to Doshin Cantor, Zazen sitting, Enmei Juku Kannon Gyo, dedication, Haïku and The Four Vows.

    See you !
    黙唱
    Mokushō
    Sat today
    Last edited by Yuki; 02-07-2022 at 07:39 PM.

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    Hi everybody !

    Is it necessary to specify that all our sittings and chants this week will be dedicated to the establishment of a lasting and equitable peace for the Ukrainians, Russians and all humanity ?

    Hoping to see you soon,

    黙唱
    Mokushō
    Sat today

  23. #523
    Quote Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
    Hi everybody !

    Is it necessary to specify that all our sittings and chants this week will be dedicated to the establishment of a lasting and equitable peace for the Ukrainians, Russians and all humanity ?

    Hoping to see you soon,
    It would be very nice to make special mention ... assuming that you are not opposed to "a lasting and equitable peace for the Ukrainians, Russians and all humanity?" which, I assume, you are not.

    Gassho, J

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    Yes Jundo !
    I must be mistrustful from Google traduction !
    Merci !

    黙唱
    Mokushō
    Sat today

  25. #525
    Hi everyone,

    I joined the chanting and Zazen circle yesterday for the first time and I was a little confused with the chants (I've only done chants in English before). Can someone please point me to the right chants/chant book?


  26. #526
    Hi BenV ,

    It is available in the Treeleaf Retreat Chant book which can be found in the following place on the site (it's formatted better too)

    Home > Sutras > Treeleaf Retreat Chant Book > TREELEAFCHANTBOOKFORRETREAT11252011.pdf


    Gassho,
    Anchi
    The memories are shadows of what I have experienced, they are not the experiences.
    The experiences have gone, but the memories remain. - 安知 Anchi


    STLah

  27. #527
    Is this group still going? For a bunch of chanters, you'all seem to have been quiet for awhile.

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  28. #528
    Yes,this group is still going, Jundo.
    l have been quiet for a while for my personal reasons with my health issues. ...unfortunately still i need to be quiet.

    The Chanting and Zazen group is such a lovely group and people.
    l am always there with my spirit.

    Thank you for making it possible.

    Deep bows
    Anchi
    The memories are shadows of what I have experienced, they are not the experiences.
    The experiences have gone, but the memories remain. - 安知 Anchi


    STLah

  29. #529
    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Is this group still going? For a bunch of chanters, you'all seem to have been quiet for awhile.

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    Today I saw six screens on the zoom meeting, but I'm pretty sure all of Vulture Peak was there.



    -------

    It was very beautiful sitting with you all again. Somehow it always feels like home.

    Does anyone happen to know the book which Kumo reads Haiku out of? I found the first one today to be very powerful something like;

    "Withered lotus leaves
    Some broken, some not
    float on a spring river"

    Gassho,
    Nengyoku
    Sat

  30. #530
    Is the group still happening at Treeleaf, as I don't see many posts about it here?

    Or did you all wander off somewhere?

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  31. #531
    They reached the Pure Land!

    Gassho
    求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
    I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

  32. #532
    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Is the group still happening at Treeleaf, as I don't see many posts about it here?

    Or did you all wander off somewhere?

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    Hi Jundo,

    We do still sit here at Treeleaf. Most of the posts here were about what we were chanting that day, and as I understand it the group has more or less settled on a few regular chants as well as having a couple minutes at the beginning to add in anything requested. So not a lot of posting left.

    Also, Yuki went on a vacation some time ago, and he did most of the posting in this thread.

    But, we are still chanting off of cereal boxes

    Gassho,
    Nengyoku
    Sat

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    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    I’m always alive, somewhere in Florida. I miss you all !
    黙唱
    Mokushō
    Sat today… in front of the sea sunset !

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    Hi Jundo Roshi,


    Sorry for the late response, i don't spend much time on the thread.

    The Chanting&Zazen Circle is verry much alive and kicking. Every day, 6 day's a week for around 1 hour with always 30 minutes of zazen.
    With Mokushō travelling we've been chanting mostly the same chant's although yesterday we added Sandōkai.
    Mainly all chanting is in Japanese except dedication and the four vows. With which we end the Circle's practice. We do do the four vows in Japanese and all the languages of the participants of that day's practice.

    So this is standard:
    - Sankiraimon
    - kaikyoge
    - Maka Hannya Haramitta Shingyo
    - Ji Ho San Shi
    - 30 minutes Zazen
    - Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo
    - Dedication
    - Haiku, Tanka, Waka, Buddhist/Chinese traditional poetry in (or with) English translation. (Sometimes also Zen inspired poetry of a growing number of participants. Treeleaf should start a special thread on that!:-)))
    - Four vows. First Japanese followed by English, French, Croatian, Spanish, Russian, Danish, Icelandic, Swedish, German and Dutch (that's all languages i can recall, from different chanting practices)

    We also are using a WhatsApp group for those participants who like to make use of it to share pictures, texts etc.

    So, for instance, tomorrow i won't attend because of a family activity and i've asked in the Whatsapp group who can take the lead in coordination of the Chanting&Zazen of that day.
    There has always been someone to take the responsibility. Very rarely it has happened there was only one person doing the practice, but most of the time we are between two and six participants. I' ve seen around 30 different participants since i first joined august 2021. A lot of new Treeleaf members find their way to the Chanting&Zazen Circle.

    Gassho,

    Hongaku Kyogen

    STLah
    Last edited by HERRIEH; 05-13-2022 at 10:05 PM.

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    If someone wants to join the Chanting&Zazen Circle WhatsApp group you can text to me: 0031622528666

    Gassho
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  37. #537
    Thank you all again for sitting with me today.
    I always feel such overflowing compassion with you all, and Kumo's birdsong really accentuated that nicely.
    Peace and good health to you all.

    Gassho,
    Nengyoku
    Sat

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