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

ReMINDer- Our Jukai Ceremony is this coming Sunday (January 16th, 2022) for all the people who are undertaking or renewing the Precepts ... And for those participating, Our JUKAI CEREMONY GUIDE is HERE !!

We could really use your help if this applies to you: It is Vital to Hear Your Story: Turned from Considering Priesthood by Health/Age?

Please sit this week's Zazenkai, in celebration of Treeleaf's mentor ... Special Treeleaf Zazenkai Honoring Mitchell Doshin Cantor Roshi ...

In our crazy-wise Wisdom, we Zen folks are Grateful even for the stuff we are not grateful for at all! ... Gratitude in Adversity ...

What Sutras are traditionally cherished in Zen Practice ... and yet, we do not get lost in words ...

Not in the eye of the beholder ... Do eyes have to be open (during Zazen)? ...

A question about the hands during Kinhin ... Well, better than just sticking them in our pockets ...

Dr. Steven Heine, the great Dogenologist, has another new book about ... well, Dogen ...

A brand new episode ... 'The ZEN of EVERYTHING! Podcast' .. Ep. 65 .. New ...

Greetings from our friend, Monk Kakunen ... the Tenzo (Temple Cook) at his monastery ... Work of Tenzo chief cook

Kokuu and our Doshin will soon get their Ecodharma Study and Practice Group going ...

The author wishes that more folks would join in ... The Zen Master's Dance - 10 - Fukan Zazengi (bottom of p. 41 to bottom of p. 45) ...

Our friendly Tea Houses have been gathering and being friendly (tea optional) ...

A good time for Tonglen ...

And our dear Shokai marches ahead with ... The 108 GATES of DHARMA ILLUMINATION ...

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)