Treeleaf Zen
May 2009 Archives

Please join our weekly “Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai meditation … We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH (see below), then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, […]

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at several of the famous “Greats” among the Bodhisattvas. The “Greats” include Kannon, Maitreya, Manjusri, Jizo, Samantabhadra and many others. We’ll look at a few Buddhas too … Especially in Mahayana Buddhism, […]

Continuing our series on Sitting in the City … … on a commuter train today, lots of tired folks heading home from work … … lost the netcast signal though after a couple of stations (oh well) But a crowded […]

Sitting again in the busy streets of downtown Tokyo … the noise and hussle, traffic and distractions … … But are there “distractions” if all resistance to the distractions is dropped from mind? Then everything is just there, as it […]

In Tokyo today … looking at the skyline ..amazingly complicated city … tangled streets … … millions of people, millions of lives … yet, from a Buddhist perspective, all One beyond One. Just a silent sitting today, not even a […]

Hi, To commemorate the visit of our Sangha Member Hans (from Germany) to Treeleaf Japan … … today is a  special 2-hour Hans-Zenkai Zazenkai (Zazen sitting)  … recorded in “real time” and available at the following link: ZAZENKAI We start […]

(BENDOWA XXXI) Old Dogen sounds pretty critical here about some other Buddhist practices, such as chanting Nembutsu (chants of praise to a Buddha) and reading Sutras. But what is he really saying?  He is certainly not against all study of […]

Our topic today is ‘Samu’ … Work Practice … … which is just Zazen working … WhileZazen is at the heart of our Way, other aspects of traditional ZenPractice also should be introduced and encouraged. I have been meaningto do […]

(BENDOWA XXX) The topic for today is whether it is okay to take a break from Zen Practice sometimes … … but before I get to that, I want to return briefly to something I was called on by a […]

  I AM PRESENTING THIS TALK A SECOND TIME, AS WE HAD A FEW RECORDING ISSUES A FEW DAYS AGO … (BENDOWA XXIX) Uchiyama Roshi comments on this section: The meaning of the third question is: Okay. Zazen is good. […]