Treeleaf Zen
November 2009 Archives

dancing with shadows … At the waters edge, under the trees – hoofmarks are numerous. Balmy grasses grow abundantly – can you see them or not?Even if you go deeper and deeper into the mountains,How could his nostrils, well compassing […]

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 5 minutes or so […]

At our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 5 and 6, 2009 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE … … there will be […]

It is traditional to have a Buddha Statue in the Zen Hall … or, rather, a statue of Manjusri Bodhisattva astride a Lion, a symbol of Wisdom … But, really, any Buddha (or Bodhisattva) statue or picture will do. In […]

The first picture    …  The Seeker On his blog, Mike Dosho Port quotes Andy Ferguson’s translation  of a poem by Sensu Tokujo, one of our Chinese ancestors: Letting down the line ten thousand feet, A single breaking wave makes ten thousand ripples. At […]

Today we will look at how to enter, walk through and be seated in the ”Zendo‘ ( ‘Sitting Hall’ ) … For our Retreat, it is suggested that one find a quiet, isolated space at home, where one can be […]

I sat a short Zazenkai this weekend with my first teacher in Japan, Azumu Ikuo Roshi (東 郁雄), a great Dogen scholar and former instructor at Soji-ji … now age 92 and sharp as a tack. Here he is Saturday, […]

A PRE-RECORDED ‘RE-SIT’ TODAY, as I am attending a retreat in another part of Japan with Azuma Ikuo Roshi, my old teacher who is visiting from Kyushu … Please join our weekly “(almost) Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai meditation … We […]

.We will have a few talks over the coming week or two, in preparation for our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘, scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 5 and 6, 2009! (and available in recorded form after that, […]

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – XXVII) We continue our look at equanimity … equanimity hand-in-hand with sincere endeavor. The two would seem to be at odds. But the two tastes can be one taste … one beyond one […]