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    April 9-10th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - CELEBRATING BUDDHA'S (and Shokai's) BIRTHDAY!

    REMINDER: Time Change for Daylight Savings




    Our Zazenkai today is also in CELEBRATION of BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY, traditionally APRIL 8th in Japan!

    MORE INFORMATION on CELEBRATING AT HOME HERE - LINK


    Dear All,

    Please sit our Treeleaf Zazenkai for 90 minutes with Zazen, Heart Sutra and more:

    10am Japan Saturday morning, NY 9pm, LA 6pm Friday night, London 2am and Paris 3am Saturday morning, or any time thereafter here:


    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

    00:00 – 00:15 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA in English) and Dedication
    00:15 – 00:45 ZAZEN
    00:45 – 00:55 KINHIN
    00:55 – 01:25 ZAZEN
    01:25 – 01:30 VERSE OF ATONEMENT & FOUR VOWS
    01:30 - 01:45(?) Informal Tea Time (All Welcome)

    Gassho, Jundo

    SatTodayLah



    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

    I also recommend a little Talk on why small rituals and procedures are so cherished in the Zendo:

    SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: Small Things in the Zendo

    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...s-in-the-Zendo

    Last edited by Jundo; 04-10-2021 at 03:56 PM. Reason: Added youtube linky.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    I found I a lovely quote from Homeless Kodo Sawaki Roshi that references the legend in an open minded, poignant way in his "Commentary on the Song of Awakening" (p. 28). I will talk about it a little today. He wrote:

    The Buddha himself had a life, a birth, and a death. I don't know whether a celestial dragon made it rain sweet nectar or whether springs gushed from the earth. Perhaps he said: "Above heaven and below heaven I along am the honored one." I don't know, but I do know that if he had a death, he also had a birth. I care little whether he died from eating poisoned mushrooms, salt bacon, or something else. The fact is, he is well and truly dead. If we examine his life, we find there no shadow, not the slightest blemish, each moment was lived fully. Thus we say that Shakyamuni is perfect and his virtues infinite. At each moment, his self was one with the universe, each of his acts filled the universe, his self was time eternal.
    I would just add that the same is just as True for us, but a Buddha realizes so and lives accordingly, while common folks are blind to the fact.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    Last edited by Jundo; 04-09-2021 at 03:02 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Beautiful quote, thank you, Jundo
    I will be there with the Buddha bells ready

    Gassho,
    Washin
    stlah
    Kaido (有道) Every Way
    Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
    ----
    I am a novice priest-in-training. Anything what I say must not be considered as teaching
    and should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.

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    Happy Birthday, Shokai!
    Gassho,
    Naiko
    stlah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naiko View Post
    Happy Birthday, Shokai!
    Gassho,
    Naiko
    stlah
    Thank you
    gassho, Shokai
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

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    Thank you, Jundo, Washin, and everyone. Happy Birthday Buddha and Shokai, today and every day! Have a great weekend.

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

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    Thank you Jundo, Washin and all who sat or will sit

    Gassho, Shokai
    stlah
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

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    Thank you Jundo, Washin, and all for this wonderful opportunity to practice together.

    Gassho,
    Seikan

    -stlah-
    聖簡 Seikan (Sacred Simplicity)

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    And for our friend who is slightly younger than Shakyamuni ...



    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Happy birthday Buddha, happy birthday Shokai! Have a great new day everyone!
    Gassho, Nikolas
    Sat/Lah

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    Thank you Jundo, Washin, Sekishi, and all. I sat pre-dawn in Calgary.

    Gassho,
    Kevin
    Sat Today

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    Thank you everyone. I sat with you this morning.

    Happy Birthday Buddha and Shokai.


    Tairin
    Sat today and lah

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    Thank you everyone! Sorry I did not stay for tea, I was just a little under the weather that day.

    Much appreciated Jundo and Washin (and of course everyone who sat/will sit).

    Gassho,

    Ryan
    SatToday

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    Sitting this one now.
    Gassho,
    Matt

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    Many thanks to you all for the communal sit. After Daylight Saving in the UK it is a little tricky for me to join live.

    But of course I have been live sitting it today, instead. Lovely to hear some Kodo Sawaki......and of course.....Happy birthday Buddha.

    Gassho,

    Ryokudo

    SAT/LAH

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    Happy birthday Buddha, Happy birthday Shokai!

    With all best Dharma wishes,
    Gassho
    Last edited by omom; 04-11-2021 at 05:49 AM.
    SatToday

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    La Croix-Avranchin, Basse Normandie, France
    Always love the Buddha birthday talks each year. Thank you one and all. Thank you Homeless Kodo Sawaki Roshi.

    Sat


    Seishin

    Sei - Meticulous
    Shin - Heart

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    I very much enjoyed this birthday talk so thank you all for making it happen.

    That said, the sound of Jundo's voice woke the baby up... (there's a joke in there somewhere about awakening.)

    Gassho,

    Heiso

    StLah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heiso View Post
    I very much enjoyed this birthday talk so thank you all for making it happen.

    That said, the sound of Jundo's voice woke the baby up... (there's a joke in there somewhere about awakening.)

    Gassho,

    Heiso

    StLah
    I often make children cry.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    April 9-10th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - CELEBRATING BUDDHA'S (and Shokai's) BIRTHDAY!

    This though only a manís approximate image of the Buddha is in honor of his birth.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro

    Gassho
    sat/ lah
    Tai Shi
    A monk asked Yun-men, "What are the teachings of a lifetime?" Yum-men said to him, "An appropriate statement." Zen Mondo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    I often make children cry.

    Gassho, J

    STLah
    I prefer to think of it as you encouraged a great awakening in a small Buddha.

    Gassho,

    Heiso

    StLah

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    Lovely! Thank you all.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    ------------------------------------
    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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    Very lovely to sit this recording, happy belated birthday to both the baby Buddha and Shokai!

    Gassho,

    Bokuchō
    SatToday/LaH

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    Thank you everyone!
    Gassho,
    Kotei sat/lah today.

    義道 冴庭 / Gidou Kotei.
    Being a novice priest doesn't mean that my writing about the Dharma is more substantial than yours. Actually, it might well be the other way round.

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