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

Flip the switch ... please sit our Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - Flipping the "Inner Switch" of Zazen ...

But first, flip over to read this life changing essay ... The "Inner Switch" of Zazen ...

Washin continues our never ending sits for peace ... until peace returns ... Sunday Zazen for Peace, with Washin in Ukraine ...

An update and encouragement from Jinkan ... never failing us ...

Asking about SEX and Zen Practice ... Zen Master ... Bation ... ... no cause for shame, but let's do it right ...

Wanting to read some Dogen ... Dogen Writings: Eihei Koroku and Eihei Shingi ...

... and also ... Reading recommendation after Steven Heine's Readings of Dogen's treasury... ...

A few Zen and Buddhist jokes ... but not the 'hot dog vender,' please! ... Buddhist Humour ...

Some Mental illness thoughts ... just don't serve them tea ...

In our 'no words' book club ... facing scandal head on ... [Challenging Times] - (8) - Disillusionment - Sosan Theresa Flynn

[FutureBuddha (37)] Proof that this Universe is Alive and Conscious - the You-niverse... proven just by your thinking about it ...

From Kokuu ... and invitation to One Earth Sangha Ecosattva training ...

Also ... (Ecodharma) Active Hope Chapter 9 ...

A BIG episode on a small topic ... Zen of Everything Podcast ... Episode 101: BIG and small ...

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)