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I can’t post a video today … but I had the privilege of sitting a little Zazen this morning at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, an old Hawaiian religious site and place of refuge, now a U.S. National Park … Puuhonua o […]

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. Then only the sea remains … the sitter gone from view. THERE IS NO BELL TO START OR END TODAY’s SITTING … just the sea … (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 […]

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. I am on the ‘Big Island” of Hawaii. The ocean is found in all directions. Today, I swam around a little reef near shore, borrowing my son’s mask and snorkel. Fish were everywhere, yellow, bright red, blue and black. […]

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.Zazen today in the motel where we are staying … ’cause my family and I are on vacation! I mean Buddhists are allowed to have fun too … and frolic on the beach sometimes. It’s not all about ‘suffering‘ you […]

NOTE FROM JUNDO – I AM CAMPING IN A STATE PARK WITH MY FAMILY TODAY ON THE ‘BIG ISLAND’ OF HAWAII … I HAVE COME TO LOOK AT LAVA POUR FROM THE EARTH. HOWEVER, THAT MEANS THAT TODAY’s ZAZEN MUST […]

. Some bouncy turbulence on our Pacific flight, and I sit a littlepacific Zazen. Dogen and many teachers of centuries past crossed toChina in wooden boats, on voyages taking days or weeks, meeting stormsand constant dangers. I can only imagine […]

..Sitting Zazen during a TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN … Total eclipse envelops Asia in darkness (CNN) Darkness fell across parts of China and India on Wednesday morning as atotal solar eclipse passed across the world’s most populous countries,bringing throngs […]

. JUST BEING “IN THE MOMENT” …     …  FOR A MOMENT IN THE PARK (remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended) To subscribe to “Treeleaf Zen” click […]

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, […]

… by dropping all need and effort to attain enlightenment … … thus, enlightenment immediately attained! It is often said that our Shikantaza way is about “not seeking“, being “goalless“, abandoning the need and search for “enlightenment” … It is […]

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