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Thread: Sunday Sit (Zazen for Peace) - Sunday, September 3rd, 2023

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    Sunday Sit (Zazen for Peace) - Sunday, September 3rd, 2023

    Please Join Us as we continue to sit, offering our sincere efforts to peace, children, and the injured in Ukraine and around the world.

    We will gather for the Sunday Sit on Sunday, September 3rd, 2023, beginning at 6 am Los Angeles time, 9 am New York time, 2 pm in London, 3 pm in Paris, 4 pm Kyiv time, and 4 pm Moscow time.

    You can check the Treeleaf Calendar for your local time here:

    We meet in the Treeleaf Now Scheduled Sitting Room here:

    Livestream and "any-time" recording can be found here:

    The format of the sitting will be:

    - Heart Sutra
    - Zazen 40 minutes
    - Verse of Atonement and the Four Vows

    ALL are welcome! Please, join us! No prior experience is required -- just come sit with us.

    Washin and "Zazen for Peace" team
    蘭道 迷安 | Raandou Meian |
    Orchid Way | Wandering at Rest |
    Anything this priest-in-training says is just 'dust in the wind'.
    "All of Life and Disability is my Temple."

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    Some good news this week. Nothing stops summer. Clearing away mines, barbed wire, ignoring threats off the coast ...

    Odesa beaches reopen, offering Ukrainians a respite from war

    ... "This is the summer to be a little bit relaxed when we have the kids," she said. "It's really important for everybody, for every family."

    The chic beaches of Odesa, a short walk from glitzy hotels and shoreside restaurants, were once a draw for tourists from around the world — many of them from Russia. In peacetime, cosmopolitan crowds speaking a dozen different languages would swim here together.

    Now this stretch of Black Sea coast is an active war zone, at the center of a global conflict over grain shipments. Russian ships and aircraft regularly fire missiles that strike Odesa.

    When missiles and drone attacks first hit the city — and Russian naval vessels started laying explosive sea mines around the port — the beaches were closed. Warning signs urged people to keep their distance. Even now, Sapunshtyn said she was wary of swimming out into the deeper water. They were only wading in the shallows.

    "We don't swim longer because I think it's dangerous, actually, because [there are] a lot of bombs and nobody knows how it's moving in the sea," she said. ...

    ... This tension exists in much of Ukraine: People struggle to find a precarious balance between normal life and the deadly conflict that shows no sign of ending anytime soon.

    "Everything could end," said Khrystyna Shkorpeio. "But on the beach ... I feel more relaxed, it's easier to cope." ... "We came to swim as soon as we learned the beaches had reopened," he said. But Chernenko acknowledged the reality of war is never far away. He may himself wind up in the army soon.

    He and others here say they have to keep living as well as they can, to prove to Russia — and to themselves — that this war won't wear them down.
    I hope that they can see some of the trees near the coast planted by Washin's group.

    Gassho, J


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