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    1 year after my jukai..

    It’s been exactly a year since I replied “yes I will” to Jundo’s questions about vowing to keep the precepts. I came asking for them without knowing what they were or what it meant. I knew I wanted to do “something”, something more than just zazen and chanting in the privacy of my home. I wanted to make “it” official, whatever “IT” was. And the path led me to Treeleaf.

    A year later, I look back at what I have learned and gained and I am grateful and humbled daily.
    The precepts sink in a bit more every day and I recommit to keeping them every month. I wake up and go to sleep next to them. I see more of their meaning and power every day.
    They paint a clearer picture of me in every moment, so I can look at myself and work on fixing what needs fixing. They shape my way of being in the world and how I engage with everyone. They give me new ways of expressing myself and new standards that I use to measure my words.
    I remember receiving my dharma name and thinking “ ugh.. it doesn’t sound Japanese enough”. But then a change happened and I found a deeper meaning in it. It means “beautiful sound” and Jundo gave me a brand new purpose: all my words, directed at every being, should be “beautiful” , or as I say daily, “kind and compassionate” - he never said that was what he meant, but it is what it means to me.

    Jukai 2021 was a beginning for me. I thought I knew things, but not a day goes by that I don’t see just how much more there is to do, to learn, to execute and embody. Receiving the precepts is not, as I used to think” something one does for oneself, so that we become a buddhist or a boddhisatva, or “something”. We receive the precepts to serve, unreservedly and generously. The work is done, fully complete, as we sit in zazen. Zazen is every precept kept. But off the cushion is where we work to keep our vows and use the zazen mind. I wish all of my fellow jukaiees from last year, and our new jukaiees, to find in themselves the determination to turn the precepts into their walking, breathing, talking reality. To take them off the written page and use them as a mirror. Master Dogen said “moving forward is after all an every day affair”… So I wish to move forward, caring after every day affairs the same way I care for my posture in zazen, or hands in kinhin..


    Sorry for the length of this! I almost never start a thread or post like this. But I wanted to mark the occasion somehow with all of you, not on social media or in private.


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    Beautiful words, thank you.

    Gassho,
    Nengyoku
    Sat

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    Thank you for your words and enduring friendship, Bion.

    Gassho,
    Koushi
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    Wonderful. Thank you for sharing this Bion.


    Tairin
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    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thanks for sharing Bion,

    I hope to be practicing with you (and Tree Leaf) many years to come

    Gassho,

    Ippo

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    Beautifully written. Thank you Bion for your sincere words. I wish you decades of practice in this direction, with your beautiful sound.

    Gassho, Doğukan.
    Sat.

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    May the precepts bring you peace, joy and ease
    Sat/lah




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    Thank you Bion
    Sat
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    Lovely words, Bion!

    Gassho
    Kokuu
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    Can I just say that you embodied all of this excellently as my Ango buddy this year

    Gassho,
    Dan
    ST/LAH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bion View Post
    It’s been exactly a year since I replied “yes I will” to Jundo’s questions about vowing to keep the precepts. I came asking for them without knowing what they were or what it meant. I knew I wanted to do “something”, something more than just zazen and chanting in the privacy of my home. I wanted to make “it” official, whatever “IT” was. And the path led me to Treeleaf.

    A year later, I look back at what I have learned and gained and I am grateful and humbled daily.
    The precepts sink in a bit more every day and I recommit to keeping them every month. I wake up and go to sleep next to them. I see more of their meaning and power every day.
    They paint a clearer picture of me in every moment, so I can look at myself and work on fixing what needs fixing. They shape my way of being in the world and how I engage with everyone. They give me new ways of expressing myself and new standards that I use to measure my words.
    I remember receiving my dharma name and thinking “ ugh.. it doesn’t sound Japanese enough”. But then a change happened and I found a deeper meaning in it. It means “beautiful sound” and Jundo gave me a brand new purpose: all my words, directed at every being, should be “beautiful” , or as I say daily, “kind and compassionate” - he never said that was what he meant, but it is what it means to me.

    Jukai 2021 was a beginning for me. I thought I knew things, but not a day goes by that I don’t see just how much more there is to do, to learn, to execute and embody. Receiving the precepts is not, as I used to think” something one does for oneself, so that we become a buddhist or a boddhisatva, or “something”. We receive the precepts to serve, unreservedly and generously. The work is done, fully complete, as we sit in zazen. Zazen is every precept kept. But off the cushion is where we work to keep our vows and use the zazen mind. I wish all of my fellow jukaiees from last year, and our new jukaiees, to find in themselves the determination to turn the precepts into their walking, breathing, talking reality. To take them off the written page and use them as a mirror. Master Dogen said “moving forward is after all an every day affair”… So I wish to move forward, caring after every day affairs the same way I care for my posture in zazen, or hands in kinhin..


    Sorry for the length of this! I almost never start a thread or post like this. But I wanted to mark the occasion somehow with all of you, not on social media or in private.


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    Thank you for your sincere practice, my friend Your words here indeed beautifully reflect jukai.

    Gassho,

    Bokugan
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    Lovely mate. Hope to join the club next time around the sun


    Neil
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    Betifully put, Bion...Thank you for these reflections and thoughts!
    Precepts are zazen...and zazen is precepts...
    No-practice-practice/no enlightenment-enlightenment...here and now...beyond here and now!

    Gassho.
    Hokin.
    SAT&LAH.
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    Wisdom Is Compassion & Compassion Is Wisdom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by houst0n View Post
    Lovely mate. Hope to join the club next time around the sun
    You're already here, mate...indeed!
    Only we too can't wait for you to make it, as Bion just said, "OFFICIAL"...
    And that will be one huge honour for us all!
    Soon, mate, soon!

    Gassho.
    Hokin.
    SAT&LAH.
    法 金
    (Dharma)(Metal)
    Wisdom Is Compassion & Compassion Is Wisdom.

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    That was beautiful, Bion. Thank you.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    Sat/lah
    美道 Bidou Beautiful Way
    恩海 Onkai Merciful/Kind Ocean

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    Thank you to all for your lovely replies and encouragement. I felt like replying to each one individually would just flood the forum with one line messages and I’m sure there’s much more useful stuff to read. But you all know I love you

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    Follow the path,
    hand in hand,
    connected in the invisible,
    One journey,
    One love
    You, me, us
    One

    Gasshō
    Seiga

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    Deep bows, Bion. This was beautiful to read and made me think more about my own relationship to the precepts.

    Gassho,
    Hensho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hensho View Post
    Deep bows, Bion. This was beautiful to read and made me think more about my own relationship to the precepts.

    Gassho,
    Hensho

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    Thank you very much

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    Thank you for your practice, Bion.

    Gassho,
    Nengei
    Sat today. LAH.

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    Beautifully expressed Bion.

    Gassho,
    Seibu
    Sattoday/lah

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