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    WELCOME ...

    ... to our TREELEAF

    'ALWAYS AT HOME'
    Two Day 'ALL ONLINE' ROHATSU

    (Buddha's Enlightenment Day)
    RETREAT


    ... being held by LIVE NETCAST on Saturday/Sunday December 2nd and 3rd, 2023.

    Please 'sit-a-long' with the LIVE NETCAST at the times below ... to be visible "live" on the screens below during those hours, and in our Treeleaf MEETING ROOMS (instructions to join are also below).

    AS WELL, you may still join the Retreat and sit-a-long at ANY AND ALL TIME after, by the real time recorded version at the links below (no different from the original!).

    The full sitting schedule is below, and you may download our CHANT BOOK HERE(LINK to PDF). Our Chant Book now includes recitals, not only of the traditional list of Zen Ancestors, but also of our Female Ancestors, 'Differently Enabled' Ancestors, as well as all the many diverse Ancestors known and unknown.

    Before sitting, please review the various RETREAT POINTERS HERE(LINK to PDF).

    Some PREPARATORY LESSONS on topics such as Oryoki, Bowing and other daily procedures are also posted: LINK to PREPARATORY LESSONS.

    Recordings of each segment are posted below in time order ... and if we drop from mind all thought of 'now' 'then' 'here' and 'there' ... we will all be sitting together right when and where you are!

    This Retreat celebrates the 'official' closure of our ANGO (90 day Special Practice Season) at Treeleaf, is a part of current preparations for our JUKAI (Undertaking the Precepts) Ceremony in January, and marks ROHATSU ... the traditional holiday in Japan celebrating the time of the Buddha's Enlightenment.

    The sittings and other practice sesshions on Saturday and Sunday will be guided by a times by me (Jundo)from Japan and by all our Treeleaf Priests including Kyonin (from Mexico), Shokai and Onki (in Canada), Kokuu and Seiko (in the UK), Shugen, Sekishi, Jinkan, Byokan, Jakuden, Geika, Shinshi and Jinkan, Nengei, Koushi, Onkai, Ankai, Shujin, Daiman, Meian and Doshin (from the USA), Washin (in Ukraine), Kotei (in Germany), Bion (from Spain) and Tokan (from New Zealand), some live and some behind the scenes. Because of time zones and other circumstance, some portions may need to be pre-recorded. All other portions will be live.

    In case of technical problems, please just go along as best you can with the schedule ... we sit with "what is".. .

    OF COURSE, EVERYTHING IN MODERATION ... if the sitting ever feels too much, be sure to walk lots and lots of Kinhin (even if during a sitting period). And if the whole retreat becomes too much, or you feel ill, you may slow down ... , spread things out, shorten the sittings ... or STOP! Be sure that you have someone close by whom you can call, or who can check on you from time to time. If there is any question about health, do not take any chances!


    Also for ATTENTION: Everyone, when rising for Kinhin or Ceremonies after Zazen, get up slowly, don't rush, hold something stable, you won't be "late," so TAKE YOUR TIME! Make sure you are careful getting up!

    Note that Day 2 Unit 5 features all sittings in RECLINING position, in honoring our differently abled ancestors and members. We ask all participants to sit all periods of Zazen during Unit 5 in reclining position, on the back, chest or side.

    Our thanks to Sangha Member William Anderson for presenting a 15-Minute YOGA LESSON TO HELP US STRETCH DURING ANY BREAK TIME (LINK HERE)

    Please write and let us know how it goes. Gassho, Jundo

    Our Han (Wooden Block), which hangs outside the front door of our Treeleaf Zendo in Tsukuba, Japan:




    It calls all sitters to Zazen. Inscribed is the traditional verse ...

    "Life and death are the great matter.
    To waste time is a pity.
    All is impermanent and passes swiftly away.
    Time waits for no one."


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    How to Join Two-Way with Zoom

    You are encouraged to come into the Zoom sitting, with camera and microphone, or just leave the camera and mike turned off: Join live on Zoom at: TREELEAF Now OR at DIRECT ZOOM LINK, password (if needed): dogen
    Notes:

    - The full schedule of the retreat is on the Treeleaf NOW calendar (which will automagically adjust timezones): https://www.treeleaf.org/now/#calendar

    - When you first join, you'll need to choose an audio source (usually you can simply select "Join with Computer Audio" on desktop or "Call using Internet Audio" on mobile).

    - You can switch between the "speaker view" (the default view) and "gallery view" (a grid / Hollywood Squares / Brady Bunch style view):
    -- On desktop, click the "gallery view" / "speaker view" toggle button on the top right
    -- On mobile, swipe right for "gallery views" -- only 4 participants are shown at a time on mobile, so keep swiping right to go through different groups, swipe left to go back to the "gallery view"

    - If you are on a slow Internet connection and are experiencing drop-outs, try turning off video (you can always turn it on for a bit at the beginning and end to say hi and bow to everyone)

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    DAY 1 UNIT 1
    (Live Netcast: Start = SATURDAY LA 6am / NY 9am / London 2pm / Japan 11pm)
    (ALL TIMES APPROXIMATE)


    DAY 1
    06:00-06:40 AM Entrance by Officiant (Jundo) & Zazen. If you usually wear a Rakusu, DO NOT wear it yet (keep it in its bag) until Takkesage (Kesa Verse) later in morning.
    06:40-06:50 Kinhin *(All Kinhin times can be bathroom break)
    06:50-07:20 Zazen
    07:20-07:30 Kinhin

    07:30-08:05 Zazen + Kesa Verse
    08:05-08:50 "Long" Service.Please follow along in the Sutra Books that will be provided. Floor prostrations when hear ching-ching-ching-ching- ching roll of bell.
    08:50-09:20 REST PERIOD


    RECORDING OF ABOVE IS HERE:
    Unit 1-1

    Ceremony and Sitting begins -- minutes from start of video.



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    DAY 1 UNIT 2
    (Live Netcast: Start = SATURDAY LA 9:20am / NY 12:20pm / London 5:20pm / Japan Sun 2:20am)


    09:20-09:50 Oryoki Bring you bowls and small table before start.
    09:50-10:30 Samu/Rest Period Mindfully wash and repack Oryoki bowls.


    RECORDING OF ABOVE IS HERE:
    Unit 1-2 Oryoki

    Ceremony begins -- minutes from start of video.




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    DAY 1 UNIT 3
    (Live Netcast: Start = SATURDAY LA 10:30am / NY 1:30pm / London 6:30pm / Sun Japan 3:30am)



    10:30-11:10 Zazen
    11:10-11:20 Kinhin
    11:20-12:00 Zazen & Dharma Talk Chant Gatha on Opening Sutra

    12:00-12:10 Kinhin
    12:10-12:45 Zazen
    12:45-13:10 REST PERIOD


    RECORDING OF THE ABOVE IS HERE:
    Unit 1-3

    Sitting begins -- minutes from start of video.




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    DAY 1 UNIT 4
    (Live Netcast: Start = SATURDAY LA 1:10pm / NY 4:10pm / London 9:10pm / Sun Japan 6:10am)


    13:10-13:40 Samu Work Practice Indoor if night time, Outdoor if daytime and possible
    13:40-14:10 REST PERIOD


    RECORDING OF THE ABOVE IS HERE
    Unit 1-4 Samu

    Ceremony begins -- minute from start of video.




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    DAY 1 UNIT 5
    (Live Netcast: Start = SATURDAY LA 2:10pm / NY 5:10pm / London 10:10pm / Sun Japan 7:10am)



    14:10-14:40 Zazen
    14:40-14:50 Kinhin
    14:50-15:30 Zazen & Dharma Talk

    15:30-15:40 Kinhin
    15:40-16:10 Zazen
    16:10-16:40 REST PERIOD


    RECORDING OF THE ABOVE IS HERE:
    Unit 1-5

    Sitting begins -- minute from start of video.




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    DAY 1 UNIT 6
    (Live Netcast: Start = SATURDAY LA 4:40pm / NY 7:40pm / London SUNDAY 12:40am / Sun Japan 9:40am)


    16:40-17:10 Samu Work Practice Indoor if night time, Outdoor if daytime and possible
    17:10-17:40 REST PERIOD


    RECORDING OF THE ABOVE IS HERE:
    Unit 1-6 Samu

    Ceremony begins -- minutes from start of video.




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    DAY 1 UNIT 7
    (Live Netcast: Start = SATURDAY LA 5:40pm / NY 8:40pm / SUNDAY London 1:40am / Sun Japan 10:40am)


    17:40-18:20 "Short" Service & Zazen Please follow along in the Sutra Books that will be provided. Floor prostrations when here ching-ching-ching-ching- ching roll of bell.
    18:20-18:30 Kinhin

    18:30-19:00 Zazen & Dharma Talk
    19:00-19:10 Kinhin
    19:10-19:40 Metta Chant & Zazen Close with Verse of Atonement & Four Vows


    RECORDING OF THE ABOVE IS HERE:
    Unit-1-7

    Ceremony and Sitting begins -- minutes from start of video.





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    DAY 1 UNIT 8
    ( No Live Netcast from SATURDAY LA 7:40pm / NY 10:40pm / SUNDAY London 3:40am / Sun Japan 12:40am)
    PLEASE CATCH UP WITH MISSED OVERNIGHT UNITS!


    (Optional: Yaza = Tradition of 'All Night Zazen' ... but we recommend you sleep instead.
    See you in the morning)


    19:40 PM-
    (Day 2)
    05:45 AM
    BATH & SLEEP

    NO RECORDING OF ABOVE

    However, this may be a good time for the 15-Minute YOGA LESSON TO HELP US STRETCH ...


    ... presented by our Sangha Member William.


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    DAY 2 UNIT 1
    (Live Netcast: Start = SUNDAY LA 6:00am / NY 9:00am / London 2:00pm / Japan 11:00pm)
    (ALL TIMES APPROXIMATE, Calculated from LA TIME)


    06:00-06:30 AM Zazen Begin sitting without instruction. If you usually wear a Rakusu, DO NOT wear it yet (keep it in its bag) until Takkesage (Kesa Verse) later in morning.
    06:30-06:40 Kinhin
    06:40-07:10 Zazen
    07:10-07:20 Kinhin

    07:20-07:55 Zazen + Kesa Verse When instructed, place on Kesa and recite Kesa Verse. All others, hands in Gassho.
    07:55-08:30 "Long" Service Please follow along in the Sutra Books that will be provided. Floor prostrations when hear ching-ching-ching-ching- ching roll of bell.
    08:30-09:00 REST PERIOD


    RECORDING OF THE ABOVE IS HERE:
    Unit 2-1

    Ceremony and Sitting begins -- minutes from start of video.




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    DAY 2 UNIT 2
    (Live Netcast:Start = SUNDAY LA 9:00am / NY NOON / London 5:00pm / Japan Mon 2:00am)


    09:00-09:30 Oryoki Bring you bowls and small table before start.
    09:30-10:10 Samu/Rest Period Mindfully wash and repack Oryoki bowls.


    RECORDING OF THE ABOVE IS HERE:
    Unit 2-2 Oryoki

    Ceremony begins -- minutes from start of video.




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    DAY 2 UNIT 3
    (Live Netcast: Start = SUNDAY LA 10:10am / NY 1:10pm / London 6:10pm / Japan Mon 3:10am)


    10:10-10:40 Zazen & Dharma Talk
    10:40-10:50 Kinhin
    10:50-11:20 Zazen
    11:20-11:50 REST PERIOD


    RECORDING OF THE ABOVE IS HERE:
    Unit 2-3

    Sitting begins -- minutes from start of video.




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    DAY 2 UNIT 4
    (Live Netcast:Start = SUNDAY LA 11:50am / NY 2:50pm / London 7:50pm / Japan Mon 4:50am)


    11:50-12:20 Samu Work Practice Indoor if night time, Outdoor if daytime and possible
    12:20-12:50 REST PERIOD


    RECORDING OF THE ABOVE IS HERE:
    Unit 2-4 Samu

    Ceremony begins -- minutes from start of video.




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    DAY 2 UNIT 5
    (Live Netcast: Start = SUNDAY LA 12:50pm / NY 3:50pm / London 8:50pm / Japan Mon 5:50am)

    Attention: THIS SECTION WILL FEATURE RECLINING ZAZEN for ALL SITTINGS, so please recline at home.

    12:50-13:20 "Short" Service (Differently Abled Ancestors Ceremony) & RECLINING Zazen
    13:20-13:30 Kinhin
    13:30-14:00 RECLINING Zazen & Dharma Talk
    14:00-14:10 Kinhin
    14:10-14:40 RECLINING Zazen
    14:40-15:10 REST PERIOD



    RECORDING OF THE ABOVE IS HERE:
    Unit 2-5

    Sitting begins -- minutes from start of video.




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    DAY 2 UNIT 6 - CLOSING
    (Live Netcast: Start = SUNDAY LA 3:10pm / NY 6:10pm / London 11:10pm / Japan Mon 8:10am)


    15:10-15:50 Zazen & Dharma Talk - Chant Gatha on Closing Sutra
    15:50-16:00 Kinhin

    16:00-16:25 Fukanzazengi & Zazen
    16:25-16:30 Verse of Atonement & Four Vows ... Closing Words ...


    RECORDING OF THE ABOVE IS HERE:
    Unit 2-6










    Nine Bows to All Who Sat This Retreat Together ...



    Last edited by Bion; 12-04-2023 at 01:49 AM. Reason: changed unit 2-5 - removed closing sutra gatha / changed unit 2-6 added talk and closing sutras gatha
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    Our Talks for This Year ...


    Dharma Talks this year will be offered by the following Priests, each reflecting on a portion, and the wholeness, of The Verse of Atonement, the Sangemon (懺悔文) ... its traditions, and its meaning in our daily lives and in this complicated world now ...


    1-3 Kotei - All harmful acts, words and thoughts,

    1-5 Washin - ever committed by me since of old,

    1-7 - Sekishi - On account of beginningless greed, anger

    2-3 - Geika - On account of beginningless ... anger and ignorance

    2-5 Kyonin - Born of my body, mouth and mind

    2-6 - Kokuu - Now I atone for them all.


    Sangemon - 懺悔文


    Gassho, J

    stlah


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    Last edited by Jundo; 11-21-2023 at 03:53 AM.
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    TREELEAF SANGHA online 2-DAY ANGO-JUKAI-ROHATSU RETREAT -- 2023 -- MAIN PAGE

    Dear All,

    Our 2023 Rohatsu Retreat thread is now officially open.

    Welcome everyone!

    Gassho, Jundo

    stlah
    Last edited by Bion; 12-01-2023 at 06:06 PM.
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    Testing that everything is restored to normal with forum posting. Please disregard.

    Gassho,
    Gojo
    互助 - Gojo Bodhisattva

    互 - mutually;  reciprocally;  together
    助 - help;  rescue;  assist

    Gojo is no-one. Gojo is everyone. Together we manifest the hands of the Bodhisattvas!

    Please, bear witness and share reports of kindness and compassion in the world: gojo@treeleaf.org

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    Thank you for sitting this Rohatsu together everyone in the past, present and future.
    What a wonderful occasion, coming together for intensified practice.

    Deep bows,
    Kotei sat/lah today.
    Last edited by Kotei; 12-04-2023 at 08:25 AM.

    義道 冴庭 / Gidō Kotei.
    Being a novice priest doesn't mean my writing about the Dharma is more substantial than yours. Actually, it might well be the other way round.

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    I am grateful for each and every one of you joining in this retreat. It is your presence and practice that create the occasion for me to practice and it is because of doing it together that I feel supported and motivated. Thank you and I hope there have been or there will be many useful lessons learned from intensely practicing during this Rohatsu retreat. Bows to you all

    Gassho
    Sat and lah
    Bion
    -------------------------
    When you put Buddha’s activity into practice, only then are you a buddha. When you act like a fool, then you’re a fool.

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    Thank you everyone for your effort and support, I'm very grateful. Deep vows

    Gassho

    stlah

    Bernal

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    Thanks to everyone who helped put this together. I can only imagine the amount of work behind the scenes needed to pull off this year's Rohatsu retreat. This retreat was difficult at times, but knowing that I was sitting with all of you helped me see it through to the end.

    Gassho,

    Chukyo

    ST/LAH

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    The retreat was incredible, huge thanks to everyone who pulled it together.

    Gassho,
    SatLah
    Kelly

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    So sorry I was unable to attend due to health, I trust you had a great Rohatsu.
    Gassho
    sat/lah
    Tai Shi
    be well
    Peaceful Poet, Tai Shi. Ubasoku; calm, supportive, limited to positive 優婆塞 台 婆

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    Treeleaf Unsui Onki's Avatar
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    Thank you Sangha for participating in this year’s Rohatsu. Thank you to everyone working behind the scenes, those who offered Dharma talks, lead units, and to Jundo Roshi.

    Rohatsu 2023 will always have a special place in my heart.

    Thank you all,

    Gasshō,

    On

    Sat today/LAH

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    It was such a wonderful experience to have everyone come together and experience an intense practice session as one. Thank you to all who came and practiced.

    Gassho, Shinshi

    SaT-LaH
    空道 心志 Kudo Shinshi
    I am just a priest-in-training, any resemblance between what I post and actual teachings is purely coincidental.
    E84I - JAJ

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    Deep bows, and so much appreciation and gratitude to Jundo and all who worked to plan and run this retreat. It is an honor to sit with you all. Gratitude to our priests, for their heartfelt and thoughtful teachings and for sharing their practice of atonement with us. You all inspire me every day.
    Gassho,
    Naiko
    st lah

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    Deep bows to everyone who made this happen, everyone who sat, everyone who has yet to sit. It was a lovely retreat.

    Nenka
    ST

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    gassho
    ds sat, some lah
    Visiting unsui: salt liberally.

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    I am always amazed at all the work the Bodhisattva Wizards do behind the curtain of our Sangha to create an online retreat. They are a great group of people doing this to provide us a place to practice. When I look at the turmoil in the world my heart is lifted watching these acts of kindness and generosity.

    Doshin
    Stlah

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    Member Do Mi's Avatar
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    It was most wonderful to sit with you all. I'm so grateful to be able to do intensive practice at home, adjusting the schedule for my body's needs (and learning more about what I am able to do), to continue my household and pet care tasks with the least burden on my household. So much gratitude for all who made this happen, the tech wizards, the deep wise dharma talks, the thoughtful thorough advice on preparation and ways of practicing at home...

    I'm still processing the experience and will share more!

    Many gasshos,

    Do Mi
    sat and lah

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    Member Do Mi's Avatar
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    Here's a question from a relative beginner. I'm feeling a sense of disconnect as I transition back into my regular life. The deep openings I felt during rohatsu are stlil there, I'm happy to be interacting with my partner and doing my work, but I also feel disconnected from both. Does anyone else experience this? Tips for practicing with it?

    Gassho,

    Do Mi
    sat and lah

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    Well done everyone!

    My internet connection has been restored so I will now be able to sit the 'offline' version of rohatsu.

    For my part, moving house has been my 'dedicated practice' and having no internet for a week part of my 'inner reflection.'
    Everything this week has been simple - cooking in one pan, eating out of one bowl, no books, internet, TV or other distractions, just the practice of moving house and caring for my family.
    Not as much zazen as I would have liked to sit, but to be fair to my spouse, I couldn't justify several hours of zazen when she's going hell for leather unpacking.
    Still, much of my packing - moving - unpacking has been done in the way I imagine unsui cleaning the sodo hall or weeding the garden, complete with 'in the moment' gathas.

    So while I have yet to sit the rohatsu with the rest of you, I was with you in spirit, and I tried to express my house moving in a way consistent with the heart and spirit of rohatsu.

    Gassho and nine bows to the sangha.

    Tokan

    satlah
    平道 島看 Heidou Tokan (Balanced Way Island Nurse)
    I enjoy learning from everyone, I simply hope to be a friend along the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Do Mi View Post
    Here's a question from a relative beginner. I'm feeling a sense of disconnect as I transition back into my regular life. The deep openings I felt during rohatsu are stlil there, I'm happy to be interacting with my partner and doing my work, but I also feel disconnected from both. Does anyone else experience this? Tips for practicing with it?

    Gassho,

    Do Mi
    sat and lah
    Oh, this is the heart of our practice. It is possible to sometimes get a Zazen or Retreat "high," and to want it to linger.

    Yesterday, after our Retreat, was the most glorious fall day here in Ibaraki, the sun was shining, I went for a stroll near our Lake Kasumigaura, checked out a 1500 year old burial tumulus ...

    Today, however, is colder and wet, the skies are dull and gray. My knees ache, there is laundry to do.

    Is not the same boundless open clear sky present both days, seen or unseen? Must I always experience the sky to know the sky's presence?

    I suppose that, in the 1500 years that the old tomb has rested on the shores of Lake Kasumigaura, and the 6000 years that the lake has been cut off from the sea and been a lake, that many changing skies have been witnessed by both. Nonetheless, the sky and sun are the same sky and sun.

    Here is the old tomb, the "Fujimizuka Kofun" ...


    Gassho, J

    stlah

    Gassho, J
    Last edited by Jundo; 12-05-2023 at 12:53 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Do Mi View Post
    Here's a question from a relative beginner. I'm feeling a sense of disconnect as I transition back into my regular life. The deep openings I felt during rohatsu are stlil there, I'm happy to be interacting with my partner and doing my work, but I also feel disconnected from both. Does anyone else experience this? Tips for practicing with it?

    Gassho,

    Do Mi
    sat and lah
    Yes. I actually take the day after Rohatsu off work so I have time to get back in my groove.

    So far I have been handling it by just going back to my usual routine (well, my weekend routine) immediately afterwards. Watch some TV for instance. Usually a good night's sleep fixes me right up too.

    I see it as one of those "not a big deal, but something to be aware of" things so I avoid being in a situation where it would be actively detrimental (like going straight back to work the next day).

    Sorry for running long

    Gassho,
    SatLah
    Kelly

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    Here's a question from a relative beginner. I'm feeling a sense of disconnect as I transition back into my regular life. The deep openings I felt during rohatsu are stlil there, I'm happy to be interacting with my partner and doing my work, but I also feel disconnected from both. Does anyone else experience this? Tips for practicing with it?
    As others have said, this is really normal and I have been on a number of retreats which talk about re-engaging with your everyday life post-retreat and expecting some degree of adjustment but not to worry as it is just a period of transition.

    It is, however, interesting to me, just how open we can feel after just two days of sesshin.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-

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    Yes, I've had this with a 5-day but this was the first time I noticed it with a 2-day. Felt like coming home with eyes dilated after a visit to the optometrist, or like (I imagine) a fish thrown up by a wave onto the cobbled beach. This lasted about three hours; wow.

    gassho
    ds sat/lah with maybe a little less intensity today

    What a seat!
    In the evening Jupiter, bright, resplendent.
    In the morning Venus, resplendent, bright.
    Last edited by Shōnin Risa Bear; 12-05-2023 at 07:26 PM.
    Visiting unsui: salt liberally.

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    Member Do Mi's Avatar
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    Thank you so much, everyone. I am feeling more grounded. And even if I wasn't, that would be the practice, right?

    Gassho,

    Do Mi
    sat and lah

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