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

Please sit any and all of our weekly Zazenkai ...

I particularly recommend this one, swaying to a lovely musical Heart Sutra ...

For our Jukai folks ... and all gentle people ... PRECEPTS IV - To Refrain from Stealing ...

A harmless question about ... the Cat cutting koan: sandal on head meaning ...

The new book of old Homeless Kodo Sawaki Roshi quotes is out ... although also seemingly sold out ... To You ...

AND ... some powerful quotes on Zazen by Sawaki Roshi's student ... Sodo Yokoyama, the Grass Flute Zen Master ...

Listen to podcasts in moderation ... except this one, of course! ... 'The ZEN of EVERYTHING! Podcast' ... Episode 59 ... Goldilocks is the Buddha

Then Bion, with Sekishi's guidance, is working real hard to turn some recent Zazenkai talks into Treeleaf Podcast episodes, audio for download ... including recent talks on the Vimalakirti Sutra ...

... and the Heart Sutra ...

And if you need even more Jundo in your ear ... my podcast interview with Sharan (in English after the first minutes of lovely Bosnian) ...

We continue reading and writing Dogen ... The Zen Master's Dance - 3 - How To Read Dogen (p. 12 to end of 'How to Read Dogen') ... a mountain in a tea cup ...

Oh, and if the time is right ... there will be a Floating Tea House gathering this Sunday, October 17, at 12pm EST.

Kokuu posted a talk by Enkyo Roshi on Fusatsu ... and you can join Kokuu for that soon as well ...

... and with him and Washin for Tonglen too ..

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!)

As a powerful Zen practice about not falling into words and thoughts, simplifying ideas, not getting tangled, we ask people to keep sentences few in posting. However, it is not some law or hard rule at all. If someone really has something in their heart to say, and it is vital and cannot be said more concisely or silently, then say what one is called to say: In such case, no limit on words needed.

A Request to Sangha Members: "Three Sacred Sentences" Practice

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As well, 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

(Sorry to run long)