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Thread: March 8th-9th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - Plum Blossoms

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    March 8th-9th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai - Plum Blossoms

    Master Tiantong’s first phrase of midwinter:


    Old plum tree bent and gnarled
    all at once opens one blossom, two blossoms,
    three, four, five blossoms, uncountable blossoms,
    not proud of purity,
    not proud of fragrance;
    spreading, becoming spring,
    blowing over grass and trees,
    [like balding heads of patch-robed monks].
    Whirling, quickly changing into wild wind, stormy rain,
    falling, snow all over the earth.
    The old plum tree is boundless.
    A hard cold rubs the nostrils.

    Dear All,

    Please sit our Treeleaf Zazenkai for 90 minutes with Zazen, Heart Sutra and more:

    10am Japan Saturday morning, NY 8pm, LA 5pm Friday night, London 1am and Paris 2am Saturday morning, or any time thereafter here:

    However, "one way" live sitters are encouraged to come into the Zoom sitting, and just leave the camera and microphone turned off: Join live (with or without a camera & microphone) on Zoom at: TREELEAF Now OR at DIRECT ZOOM LINK, password (if needed): dogen

    00:00 – 00:15 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA in English) and Dedication
    00:15 – 00:45 ZAZEN
    00:45 – 00:55 KINHIN
    00:55 – 01:25 ZAZEN
    01:25 – 01:30 VERSE OF ATONEMENT & FOUR VOWS
    01:30 - 01:45(?) Informal Tea Time (All Welcome)

    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!

    Gassho, Jundo


    PS - There is no "wrong" or "right" in Zazen ... yet here is a little explanation of the "right" times to Bow (A Koan) ...

    Chant Book is here for those who wish to join in: CHANT BOOK LINK

    The other video I mention on Zendo decorum is this one, from our "Always Beginners" video Series:

    Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (12) - Basic Zendo Decorum At Home

    I also recommend a little Talk on why small rituals and procedures are so cherished in the Zendo:

    SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: Small Things in the Zendo

    Last edited by Bion; 03-08-2024 at 09:01 AM.

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    Thank you everyone!
    Gassho, Kiri
    希 rare
    理 principle

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    It was nice to sit with all of you. Thanks to everyone who made this possible!




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    Thank you everyone!
    Spring around the corner brought the scent and beauty of the plum blossoms into my garden.
    Kotei sat/lah today.

    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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    Such a joy to be together every week. Thank you to everyone making the effort to attend.
    It was raining heavily outside and the sound of rain on the rooftops filled the room, and it mixed with the sounds in Tsukuba, as we all sat zazen.

    Sat and lah
    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. - Sawaki Roshi

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    Attended for my first time this time, thank you for this experience!

    - Will

    Respecting others is my only duty - Ryokan

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    Sat with you all just now.
    Thank you Treeleaf.

    Gassho, Michael

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    Sat this with everyone today.
    Thank you.

    Sat Lah

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    I enjoyed sitting with you all today. Thank you for supporting my practice.




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    Thank you everyone. I sat with you this morning.

    All this talk of Spring and cherry blossoms, today while I sat we had snow squalls out side my window.

    Sat today and lah
    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

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    Lovely. Thank you all!


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    I sat with this one the other day. I have a plum blossom incense burner on my altar. I bought it because it was pretty, and put it on my altar because that's where I burn incense now; now, it has a deeper meaning.

    Chikyō 知鏡

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