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

Our 4-hour Monthly Zazenkai digs Dogen's Dharma beat ... Nyorai Zenshin - A Mini-Lesson in Dogen Jazz ...

The podcast of the Talk is available too ...

Never forget ... The Elephant in the Zazen Room ...

A hard update from Jinkan ... now undergoing chemo again ...

Kvon's rock meets stone ... Sitting without sitting, just like a rock...

If someone wants to dive into "why" ... Resources for Understanding Ceremony in Zen ...

You can gain something from this thread, if you desire ... What is a gaining thought? Isn't purposely non-doing a gainful thought or desire? ...

Too much of not always a good thing ... News/Social media as intoxicants ...

Hoping for a better world ... [EcoDharma] ACTIVE HOPE Chapter Ten ...

We had a RYAKU FUSATSU - Full Moon Precepts Recommitment Ceremony ... and its not too late, for the moon is always full ...

Tonglen too, any time ...

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)