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

Out latest Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai is available any time for sitting ... honoring Rev. Shinkaku Hunt, a pioneer of Soto Zen in the west ...

More updates and insights from our Rev. Jinkan ... of true heart and true homelessness ...

Next Sunday (but exact start time still to be confirmed) ... Special Treeleaf Event: Myosho Kyle-Brown/Four Noble Truths of Challenge - March 19th

Sadly, Odessa and all Ukraine suffered attack again this week ... Zazen Sitting for Peace - Sunday, March 12 - An Hour with Washin, from Ukraine ...

Chinese Hermit Chants Heart Sutra ... and a new version of an old film about their lifestyle ...

Alas, there are places on the internet with misinformation about Zen Buddhism ... take care ... The flip side of "internet zen" ...

Our EcoDharma group keeps looking for a better world ...

Also for a better world ... [FutureBuddha (18)] The Buddhist Three Poisons: A Substitute for Harmful Intoxicants ...

Tricycle Magazine online has published a version of my essay, "Building A Monastery At Home" ...

There was Tonglen this week, with Washin from Ukraine ... available to join any time ...

80/108th home ... The 108 GATES of DHARMA ILLUMINATION with Shokai ... these get better and better each year ...

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)