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

Always time for Zazenkai ... this one on not doing too much, not doing too little ... July 29th-30th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - Sincerely, Doing What One Can ...

Washin keeps sitting from Odessa too ... peace and violence and peace ...

My comments on some old comments on different kinds of Zen Practice ... On 'Sankon Zazen Setsu: Three Kinds of Zazen Practitioners' by Keizan Zenji ... finding the practice right for you ... even though I think Shikantaza is kinda special still ...

Even priests can rock ... HEY HEY, WHERE THE MONK-ees ... Vowz Band ... (and they run a pub too?? ) ...

Speaking of priests pushing the limit, I like to talk about the "Zen of the Future" ... how Buddhism and technology will intersect in coming years, and how they could work together to solve some world problems ... (although some of my "'what if' possible scenarios" push limits too far for some) ... One Day ...

What's the difference? ... New Thread: Accepting vs Repressing Emotions ... getting sad or pissed off is not the problem, but running to excess OR stuffing it down can be ...

A very special "Zen of Everything" Podcast in our new "Rev. Jundo's Reverently Irreverent Buddha Basics" series ... Buddha Basics Podcast 01 - Oodles of Buddha...

(Some) Stress is good for you! ... so don't get stressed about it! ...

A mini-course in "how to read Koans the Soto Way" ... (and, more importantly, how to then go on to truly FEEL the meaning) ... BOOK OF EQUANIMITY - Case 95 ...

Many thanks to our Ecodharma group, as they wrap up reading David Loy's fine book ... many problems but, alas, still few solutions ...

Enough talk ... let's Tonglen ... Tonglen Practice Circle 31 July 2022 ...

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)