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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: IS MOVING!!!

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Our “Sit-a-Long with Jundo” daily Zazen netcast is MOVING TO BELIEFNET.COM, the large and widely respected spiritual community on the web. STARTING FROM TODAY, please sit with us at the following link: http://blog.beliefnet.com/treeleafzen/ What does the move mean? Well, nothing […]

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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: A Season of Peace

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In this Season of Peace on Earth, Goodwill to all Mankind … … endless violence in the ‘Holy Land‘ … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE […]

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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

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SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Resolutions!

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How Zen folks handle our “New Years Resolutions” … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Silent Night Silent Sitting

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A silent night … silent sitting … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Shakya Claus

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Oh, just another typical Buddhist Christmas morning at the Cohen house … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO & PIKACHU

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How do ya teach a 5 year old about inner contentment at this time of year, about “not being material“, that it’s better to “give than to receive” … … He can’t even pronounce “non-attachment” … … maybe Pikachu can […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: hangover!

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My head feels as large as the whole universe (but not quite in the way the Buddha intended) … … What happens when the ‘teacher’ over does things at a family Holiday Party? Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: (more) Home for the Holidays

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THIS POSTING SEEMS TO BE WORKING NOW! Let’s continue chatting about being truly “at home” for the holidays … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Dharma Names

posted by jundo cohen

IT APPEARS THE PRIOR TECHNICAL PROBLEM HAS BEEN CORRECTED! In preparation for our upcoming Jukai. I‘ve been working this week to choose Dharma Names and inscribe them on the back panels of Rakusu … What is a Dharma Name? Press […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Home for the Holidays

posted by jundo cohen

At this time of year, meeting family and old friends … how do you explain to them about “being a Buddhist“? You may even start to feel a little guilty for not being part of the religion you were raised […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO (Classic): The McBuddha

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A discussion of McDonalds on the Treeleaf Forum … coupled with the fact that it is a ‘Father & Son’ weekend (mom is at an Ai-ki-do meet) … has led Leon and I to the playground at the local Golden […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Silent Sitting

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… silent sitting … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Litmus Test

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People often ask me about “right” Zazen and “wrong” Zazen. They want to know if their Practice is doing alright, and whether there is some “litmus test” … Well, there is no simple answer … but I have found that […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Retreat Reflections

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A few reflections on this past week’s Rohatsu Retreat … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

TREELEAF SANGHA online 2-DAY JUKAI-ROHATSU RETREAT

posted by jundo cohen

WELCOME to the world’s first totally online ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Rohatsu Retreat‘, which was held by LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008. HOWEVER, you may still join the Retreat and sit-a-long at ANY TIME ‘ON DEMAND’, […]

posted by jundo cohen

WELCOME to the world’s first totally online ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Rohatsu Retreat‘ is scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – (Overture)

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Our world’s first totally online ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Rohatsu Retreat‘ is scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE … […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – VIII (Oryoki II NEW VERSION)

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I HAVE REPOSTED A BETTER VERSION OF THE DEMONSTRATION DUE TO TECHNICAL OBSTACLES YESTERDAY We will ‘be dancing’ a simple Oryoki for our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008 […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – VIII (Oryoki I NEW VERSION)

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I HAVE REPOSTED A BETTER VERSION OF THE DEMONSTRATION DUE TO TECHNICAL OBSTACLES YESTERDAY We will be making a simple ‘Oryoki set for our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – VII (Samu)

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Working toward our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE … (AND BY THE […]

RETREAT SITTING SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE!

posted by jundo cohen

Hi Everyone, The Retreat Sitting Schedule is now available for download (PDF) at this link … TREELEAF JUKAI-ROHATSU RETREAT SITTING SCHEDULE Our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ shall be LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008! (and […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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REMINDER: our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ is scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008! (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE Welcome to our Saturday […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – VI (Nature Calls)

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We continue preparations for our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE … Going […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – V (Kinhin)

posted by jundo cohen

For our upcoming Retreat, I’d like to look again at … Kinhin … When doing kinhin (walking meditation), walk clockwise around the room, holding your hands in shashu position (there are two versions, employed in different lineages – see photos […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – IV

posted by jundo cohen

At our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE … … there will be […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – III

posted by jundo cohen

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 […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – II

posted by jundo cohen

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 […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

REMINDER: our ‘Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat‘ is scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over the weekend of DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2008! (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’). DETAILS CLICK HERE Welcome to our Saturday […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: RETREAT – I

posted by jundo cohen

.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 6 and 7, 2008! (and available in recorded form after that, […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Master Mantis

posted by jundo cohen

We have another guest teacher today, a praying mantis that my son Leon caught in the garden. I think I’ll try to persuade Leon to let him go tomorrow, but before then … maybe Master Mantis can preach the Dharma […]

MORE Jundo Tackles the ‘BIG’ Questions

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We had some more ‘BIG’ questions that some folks asked about … Is the universe truly ‘One’? HEREIs reality random, unintended? HERECan Buddhist’s love? HERE Those followed previous ‘BIG’ questions! About Satori (HERE) and whether life has a purpose, and […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Too Heavy, Too Light

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I receive e-mails sometimes from folks who feel that my talks are ‘too heavy‘ … when I speak of dropping ‘life‘ & ‘death‘, time as a state of mind, our self as an illusion and the world just a dream […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXXIII (Gone)

posted by jundo cohen

Today, we finish our series of talks on ‘The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra’ … finishing with no beginning or end … There/fore/ set/ forth/ the/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/ man/tra/. Set/ forth/ this/ man/tra/ and/ pro/claim/: Gate! Gate! (Already […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXXII

posted by jundo cohen

It’s one handy dandy, nifty jifty, super duper Mantra! There/fore/ know/ that/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/ Is/ the/ sac/red/ man/tra/, the/ lu/min/ous/ man/tra/, the/ sup/reme/ man/tra/, the/ in/com/pa/ra/ble/ man/tra/ by/ which/ all/ suf/fe/ring/ is/ clear/. This/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ Truth/. Traditionally, […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXXI (Vimalakirti)

posted by jundo cohen

A ‘shout out’ for my favorite of all Mahayana Sutras … the Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra. The story is noteworthy for a couple of reasons: First, in the tale, ‘ol Vimalakirti is an unordained, married lay person (a father and businessman) […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: (CLASSIC) BUDDHAZILLA !

posted by jundo cohen

… a classic sit-a-long … The very next town to Treeleaf, Tsukuba happens to have, according to Guinness World Records, THE WORLD’S TALLEST BUDDHA IN THE WHOLE WORLD!! (and maybe the world’s tallest statue in the whole world!!), taller than […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: No-Self Esteem (2of2)

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…Continuing our look at “low self-esteem” … Someone wrote to ask whether all the “self acceptance” and embracing ourselves “just as we are” which I described last time means that, for example, a wife beater or alcoholic or thief should […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Special Sunday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen (but on Sunday!), We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: No-Self Esteem (1of2)

posted by jundo cohen

NOTE: OUR WEEKLY ‘LIVE’ ZAZENKAI WILL BE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) THIS WEEK Someone wrote to ask about “low self-esteem”. I’m curious about people’s views on self-esteem. On one hand, having good self-esteem leads to a positive and happy life. People with […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXX

posted by jundo cohen

Picture of Buddha catching a cigarette break Far/ be/yond/ all/ de/lu/sion/, Nir/va/na/ is/ al/rea/dy/ here/. All/ past/, pre/sent/ and/ fu/ture/ Budd/has/ Live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/* And/ re/al/ize/ su/preme/ and/ com/plete/ en/light/en/ment/. Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Under Construction

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I sat today next to a noisy, smokey, busy construction site … but my microphone did not work. (So there is no timing bell today too … ) Well, I think you get a sense just by looking. Silence and […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Voting Line Zazen

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A silent sitting today. By the way, if you happen to be in the U.S. and voting today … those long lines are an excellent place for standing Zazen! Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: OBAMA ’08

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After some consideration and hesitancy, I have decided to offer my political endorsement in the U.S. presidential race: GO BARACK! (having my endorsement should finally put him over the top!!) Although our Way transcends all differences and petty politics, and […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: November Zazenaki

posted by jundo cohen

Please ‘sit-a-long’ with our November “Zazenkai” (running time: approx. 4 hours) … The sitting schedule is as follows: 00:00 – 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA English Only / SANDOKAI) & ZAZEN00:50 – 01:00 KINHIN01:00 – 01:40 ZAZEN01:40 – 01:50 KINHIN01:50 – […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Trick or Treat

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REMINDER: Our monthly, 4-hour Zazenkai will be today … from 9pm (Saturday night) to 1 am JAPAN TIME. That is Saturday morning in most of North America, Saturday afternoon in Europe. A bit late with today’s sitting … we were […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: How to Raise a Little Buddha

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NOTE: SIGNAL DROPPED MIDWAY – THERE IS NO CLOSING BELL! Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXIX

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“Already here”?? With/ no/ hin/drance/ of/ mind/ –No/ hin/drance/ there/fore/ no/ fear/.Far/ be/yond/ all/ de/lu/sion/, Nir/va/na/ is/ al/rea/dy/ here/. Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXVIII

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Wouldn’t it be great to walk through walls, unhindered … like the invisible man … With/ no/ hin/drance/ of/ mind/ – No/ hin/drance/ there/fore/ no/ fear/. Far/ be/yond/ all/ de/lu/sion/, Nir/va/na/ is/ al/rea/dy/ here/. Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: MOVIE REVIEW – Into Great Silence

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Today, I offer a film review of ‘Into Great Silence‘ (2006): Synopsis: Nestled deep in the French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is considered one of the world’s most ascetic monasteries. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

Jundo Tackles the ‘BIG’ Questions – II

posted by jundo cohen

We examined some more ‘BIG’ questions that a nice fellow asked … Does life have a purpose?Is some Divine Plan unfolding?Why are we born? Really ‘BIG’ questions! Please have a look here for my response … RIGHT HERE But I […]

Jundo Tackles the ‘BIG’ Questions – I

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I am going to start a new series here and on the Forum, because someone wrote me a list of ‘BIG’ questions that is so long, wonderful and thoughtful … well, I thought I would try to respond to each […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Metta

posted by jundo cohen

NETCAST SEEMS TO BE WORKING NOW. PLEASE GIVE THIS A TRY! Our core practice at Treeleaf Sangha is always Zazen … “Just Sitting” Shikantaza Zazen. But I wish to introduce a touch of “Metta (Loving Kindness) Practice” as well. While […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXVII

posted by jundo cohen

Continuing our talk from yesterday on what it truly means to be “unobstructed, unimpeded, unhindered” and free of fear … With/ no/ hin/drance/ of/ mind/ – No/ hin/drance/ there/fore/ no/ fear/. Far/ be/yond/ all/ de/lu/sion/, Nir/va/na/ is/ al/rea/dy/ here/.

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXVI

posted by jundo cohen

Muge (無碍) is a Buddhist term that means “unobstructed, unimpeded, unhindered“ … and a good litmus test for our Path … With/ no/ hin/drance/ of/ mind/ – No/ hin/drance/ there/fore/ no/ fear/.

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: ZZZZZzzzzz

posted by jundo cohen

SORRY, MY COLD HAS COME BACK HARD SUDDENLY. PLEASE KNOW THAT I AM SITTING FROM MY SICKBED THIS EVENING. HOPE TO BE BACK TOMORROW WITH SOMETHING ON THE HEART SUTRA! ZZZZZzzzzz (zazen and sleeping) Master Dogen wrote this about his […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Sickbed Zazen

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I am feeling a bit under the weather today, so it is a good time to talk about Zazen while sick … When you cough, just cough. Cough as the only cough in that moment, a perfect cough … cough […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXV

posted by jundo cohen

Continuing our topic from yesterday … nothing happens next in Shikantaza,and thus everything happens. nothing is sought in Shikantaza,and thus everything is attained. No/ path/, no/ wis/dom/ and/ no/ gain/. No/ gain/ – thus/ Bod/dhi/satt/vas/ live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/With/ no/ […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXIV

posted by jundo cohen

“Gaining” is empty. Achieving “no gaining”, non-achieving, is achieving a great gain! We attain “no gaining” by finding that there’s nothing to seek,nobody to be seeking. (which is all so very different from “giving up” and complacency, by the way) […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO:By the Side of the Road

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Because of the late hour, I pulled my car off on the side of the road and sat there. I was way out in the country, and the signal was weak, so the image is scrambled and barely visible … […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO (Classic): Kashaya (Kesa)

posted by jundo cohen

AS WE SEW A RAKUSU IN PREPARATION FOR JUKAI, I THOUGHT IT NICE TO LOOK BACK ON THIS LITTLE VISIT WITH NISHIJIMA ROSHI (who is doing fine, by the way) … Today, our most special guest ‘sits-a-long’ … The subject […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: October Zazenkai

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Please ‘sit-a-long’ with our October “Zazenkai” (running time: approx. 4 hours) … The sitting schedule is as follows: 00:00 – 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA English Only / SANDOKAI) & ZAZEN00:50 – 01:00 KINHIN01:00 – 01:40 ZAZEN01:40 – 01:50 KINHIN01:50 – […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Insta-Zazen© – Fireworks!

posted by jundo cohen

I PROMISED TO TAKE MY SON TO SEE FIREWORKS TODAY,SO A GOOD PLACE FOR SOME INSTA-ZAZEN© … On blankets watchingBoom after boom in night sky -Firelight showers THE LENGTH, JUST A SINGLE FLASH. REMINDER: OUR 4 HOUR MONTHLY ZAZENKAI WILL […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXIII

posted by jundo cohen

How to explain Emptiness, ‘beyond words’ ? Perhaps it’s like making the “boogie man under the bed” disappear … When you just stop thinking about the “boogie man”, drop all thought of some “boogie man” … HE’S GONE! It is […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXII

posted by jundo cohen

[NOTE: USTREAM TODAY TAKES ABOUT 30 SECONDS TO START AFTER PRESSING THE “PLAY” ARROW. PLEASE PRACTICE THE VIRTUE OF “PATIENCE”] We have seen the Buddha’s teaching of the Four Noble Truths, the cause and end to Suffering (Dukkha) via the […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path VIII

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NOTE: THE SIGNAL CUT JUST AFTER THE FIRST BELL. USTREAM SEEMS TO HAVE SOME ISSUES ON SUNDAYS! . The ‘last’ branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Concentration’, ‘Right Meditation’ … … Zazen But the path has no beginning, no […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path VII(ii)

posted by jundo cohen

‘Right Mindfulness’ of ‘things without’ is an awareness and understanding of the events that surround us in the present moment, seeing clearly phenomena as they arise and how we perceive them. We experience how our inner condition, our thoughts and […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path VII(i)

posted by jundo cohen

. The seventh branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Mindfulness’ … It may be termed a ‘mindfulness‘ of things within and things without (though those are not truly ‘two’. We will talk about ‘things without‘ tomorrow). ‘Right Mindfulness’ of […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path VI

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. The sixth branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Effort’ … It is the effort to put into Practice the links of the Path within our life … to keep on keepin’ on. We persevere, even those times when […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path V(ii)

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. … continuing to talk on ‘Right Livelihood’ … on a working day morning … The workplace (like the home) is our place of Practice … Might these places be, in many ways, even more fruitful, challenging and stimulating for […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path V(i)

posted by jundo cohen

The fifth branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Livelihood’ … Right Livelihood means that, as a life choice, one should earn a living in ways not harmful, and helpful and healthful to the world. Nurse, social worker, school teacher […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO (Classic): Highway Zen

posted by jundo cohen

Zazen, by the side of the road … cars-thoughts passing by,from emptiness come, now gonestillness & movement In Master Dogen’s Genjo Koan he writes … In general, a quiet room is good for experiencing Zen balance …. But where is […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path IV

posted by jundo cohen

The fourth branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Action’ … being in accord with the Precepts … Neither commandments nor laws, but arrows pointing toward a peaceful, healthful life & world. We are guided to abstain from harming others […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path III

posted by jundo cohen

OUR NETCAST IS FINALLY WORKING … (I THINK)!!! ANNOUNCEMENT: WE HAVE STARTED OUR PREPARATIONS FOR OUR ‘ALL ONLINE’ JUKAI (UNDERTAKING THE PRECEPTS) … FIND OUT MORE HERE . The third branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Speech’ … the […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Insta-Zazen© – On the Train

posted by jundo cohen

No opening or closing bells for today … no sound … no particular time either, just a bit of Zazen between stations. We usually sit in a quiet room, but the Buddha also liked to sit in noisy, busy places. […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo (Classic): Zen and the Brain

posted by jundo cohen

Today, a special sit-a-long (and bit of silliness) from the past or, anyway, what the brain’s temporal cortex considers the ‘past’ … click on picture to play

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

posted by jundo cohen

Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path II

posted by jundo cohen

(it was my intention to have this sitting posted a few hours ago … ) The second branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right Intention’ … also spoken of as ‘Right Aspiration’ ‘Right Thought’ or ‘A Will to the Truth’ […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eightfold Path I

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The first branch of the ‘Eightfold Path‘ is ‘Right View’ (sometimes called ‘Right Perspective’ or ‘Right Understanding’) … … It is to study and to come to understand the world through fundamental Buddhist perspectives and philosophies, and to make those […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Silent Sitting

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a silent sitting … … no words …

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXI

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The next words of the Heart Sutra are shorthand for The Eightfold Path … No/ suf/fer/ing/, nor/ cause/ or/ end/ to/ suf/fer/ing/No/ path/, no/ wis/dom/ and/ no/ gain/. … We will next take a few days to review that Path […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Four Noble Truths IV

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.As the Fourth Noble Truth, ‘medicine’ for Dukkha is prescribed via the ‘Eightfold Path‘ … … Although the path is numbered sequentially, it is generally not seen as as series of steps, but instead (in modern terms) a ‘holistic lifestyle‘ […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: September Zazenkai

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Please ‘sit-a-long’ with our September “Zazenkai” (running time: approx. 4 hours) … The sitting schedule is as follows: 00:00 – 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA English Only / SANDOKAI) & ZAZEN00:50 – 01:00 KINHIN01:00 – 01:40 ZAZEN01:40 – 01:50 KINHIN01:50 – […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Four Noble Truths III

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REMINDER: OUR 4 HOUR MONTHLY ZAZENKAI IS TOMORROW, SATURDAY, FROM 9PM JAPAN TIME … BE THERE OR JUST BE. . An alternative wording of the Four Noble Truths is [emphasis added] … 1. Suffering exists 2. Suffering arises from attachment […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Four Noble Truths II

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. In life, there’s sickness, old age, death and loss … other very hard times … But that’s not why ‘Life is Suffering‘. Not at all, said the Buddha. Instead, it’s sickness, but only when we refuse the condition ……old […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XX (Four Noble Truths I)

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The next words of the Heart Sutra are shorthand for The Four Noble Truths … No/ suf/fer/ing/, nor/ cause/ or/ end/ to/ suf/fer/ing/ … So, let’s take a few days to talk about those Truths … …at the very heart […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: LATE!!?

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I’m late, I’m late … for a very important date (and sitting) … But can we truly be “late” for anything? Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Silent Sitting

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a silent sitting … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Insta-Zazen© – At the Speed of Light

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Today’s Zazen is only an instant (and I mean “INSTANT”) … We are visiting the world’s third largest sub-atomic particle collider, which happens to be located just 15 minutes by bicycle from Treeleaf Tsukuba. (Seen here, with Mt. Tsukuba in […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Insta-Zazen© – Traffic Light

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Today’s Insta-Zazen© is 40 seconds … just waiting to cross a street … Keishin said it well in another posting in the forum: We can disappear into the here and now, right now. That’s a practice we can do anywhere, […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Insta-Zazen© – BUREAUCRACY

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Today’s Zazen is only 1 minute long … but (sometimes) time does not matter … I’m in a dreary government office to file some forms, waiting for my number to be called … it is taking forever … a perfect […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Synchronized Zazen

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Now that the games are done for four more years, I’d like to propose that Zazen be made an event for the next Olympics … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XIX (The Twelve-Fold Chain III)

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So, we now see that these lines of the Heart Sutra are shorthand for the “Twelve-fold Chain of Dependent Origination“, ruuning from “ignorance” to “old age and death” … … and emptiness breaks the chain. In fact, what “chain“?(Please excuse […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XVIII (The Twelve-Fold Chain II)

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Let’s look at a bit more at the ‘Twelve-fold-Chain‘ … (1) chaos or ignorance (sk: avida), (2) action (karma), (3) consciousness (vijnana), (4) the external world (nama-rupa), (5) the six sense organs (shadayatana), (6) contact (spasha), (7) sensation (vedana), (8) […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XVII (The Twelve-Fold Chain)

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TODAY (AND TOMORROW) … THE PROMISED TALKS ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT … The Heart Sutra’s talk of “Ignorance”, “Old Age” & “Death”, the human senses and consciousness, alludes to the Buddha’s explanation of the ‘Twelve-fold Chain of Cause & […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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UPDATE: Because of the Ustream system being down, I will repost a prior sitting … Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: ‘Winking at the Gods’

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Is Zen a ‘religion’? A ‘philosophy’? Something quite else? I don’t think about these questions much in my life. I just live life. Does ‘God’ exist? Not exist? Whose ‘God’? I don’t think about these questions much in my life. […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XVII

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IGNORANCE IS BLISS No/ ig/no/rance/, no/ end/ to/ ig/no/rance/;No/ old/ age/ and/ death/,No/ ces/sa/tion/ of/ old/ age/ and/ death/;No/ suf/fer/ing/, nor/ cause/ or/ end/ to/ suf/fer/ing/ Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XVI

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We will talk about ignorance and suffering in the coming days, but I wanted to jump right into “old age and death” … The’re not there … and they never cease! No/ ig/no/rance/, no/ end/ to/ ig/no/rance/;No/ old/ age/ and/ […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Semi-Time

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We will let the cicadas (‘semi’ in Japanese) do the guest teaching again today, one last time before the summer ends. Our subject is time, the long and the short of time. The life span of some species of cicada […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: “TAIGU-ZENKAI”

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We are having another special Zazenkai tonight for two hours, in honor of Rev. Taigus visit … a “Taigu-zenkai”! We will sit 2 periods of about 40 minute Zazen, with 10 minute Kinhin, and a short talk by Rev. Taigu […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO & TAIGU TOO

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At left is another Kesa sewn by Rev. Taigu, the same one he is wearing tonight. We’ve been filming Rakusu sewing lessons all day for the Jukai, and they will be very helpful I think .. TOMORROW, WE WILL HAVE […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO & TAIGU

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We were going to have a talk on the Heart Sutra today … … but Rev. Taigu is visiting to show us how to sew a Rakusu for the Jukai (he sewed the lovely Funzo-e Kesa in the picture), so […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fat Man Trims Bushes

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

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Sports vs. Politics

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Russia, Georgia medalists embrace despite conflict (The Associated Press) — Their countries may be in a conflict, but a Russian and a Georgian shared a podium and an embrace after winning Olympic medals Sunday. A day after Georgian athletes considered […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Master Heron (Revisited)

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AS I CANNOT GET A NEW SIT-A-LONG POSTED TODAY, HERE IS AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE … Looking at ‘Right Mindfulness’ and ‘Right Concentration’, we shall receive a lesson from a visiting Master … If you would like more information on […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Wall Arch

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THERE WILL BE NO SIT-A-LONG MONDAY. ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — One of the largest and most photographed arches in Arches National Park has collapsed. Paul Henderson, the park’s chief of interpretation, said Wall Arch collapsed sometime late Monday […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Olympics

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Watching the Olympics tonight … Ah, it’s so wonderful when (once in awhile)the whole world justs gets along … THE SIGNAL DROPPED HALF-WAY THROUGH … SO PLEASE SELF-TIME IF SITTING-A-LONGPress on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Buji

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DUE TO TECHNICAL HURDLES, THERE WILL BE NO SITTING THURSDAY. SEE YOU TOMORROW!! Somebody asked about the term “Buji” (無事) Zen, which is often heard not in a positive sense. Here is a typical definition … Buji Zen – False […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XV

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Let’s look some more right in the eyes of our ‘Original Face’ … You should therefore cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words and following after speech, and learn the backward step that turns your light inwardly to […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XIV

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What if there were really, truly dropped away all thought of subject and object, all that is perceived by the senses, the sensing and the senses themselves … What would “be” then (if we drop away even the word “be“) […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: August Zazenkai

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Please ‘sit-a-long’ with our August “Zazenkai” (running time: approx. 4 hours … Sound is a little soft despite our new hi-tech microphone. Oh well. Please bear with that.). The sitting schedule is as follows: 00:00 – 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XIII

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How to make the ‘Boogeyman’ of thoughts go away? Thus/ emp/ti/ness/ is/ not/ form/;not/ sen/sa/tion/ nor/ per/cep/tion/,not/ for/ma/tion/ nor/ con/scious/ness/. REMINDER: Our Monthly 4 hour Zazenkai will be tomorrow, 9pm to 1am Japan time (Saturday Night). It may be accessed […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XII

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Your whole life the good & bad, the ups & downs … all just … EMPTINESS … and that’s truly SOMETHING! O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, all/ things/ are/ex/pres/sions/ of/ emp/ti/ness/,Not/ born/, not/ des/troyed/,not/ stained/, not/ pure/;Nei/ther/ wax/ing/ nor/ wan/ing/.. THE SIGNAL DROPPED […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fast Asleep

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My son fell asleep just as I was getting ready for tonight’s Zazen … we’ll keep it quiet … … and I’ll ring the bell real softly … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Retreat!

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Since announcing a couple of days ago Treeleaf Sangha’s first “All Online Jukai” … TREELEAF JUKAI … I have received several questions about how we will do the 2 or 3 day “online silent retreat” toward the end, just prior […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Jukai Time!

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Treeleaf Sangha will be holding its first “Jukai” (all online too!) … … for folks with a serious interest, wishing more information, there is a rather wordy explanation here … TREELEAF JUKAI Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Cicada Rain

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We have some guest teachers today in Treeleaf’s garden: … the summer cicadas, a passing thundershower & the wind … None need give a talk on “Emptiness” to preach “Emptiness” … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XI

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Drop all the opposites. Drop even the opposites of “same” and “opposite”. Drop “dropping” and “not dropping” … … what remains then (beyond “what/no what”, beyond “remaining” or “not remaining”, beyond “now” or “then”)? Emptiness O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, all/ things/ are/ex/pres/sions/ […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra X

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O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, all/ things/ are/ex/pres/sions/ of/ emp/ti/ness/,Not/ born/, not/ des/troyed/,not/ stained/, not/ pure/;Nei/ther/ wax/ing/ nor/ wan/ing/..Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra IX

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O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, form/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ emp/ti/ness/, Emp/ti/ness/ no/ o/ther/ than/ form/; Form/ is/ pre/cise/ly/ emp/ti/ness/, emp/ti/ness/ pre/cise/ly/ form/.Sen/sa/tions/, per/cep/tions/, for/ma/tions/ and/ con/scious/ness/ are/ al/so/ like/ this/.Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra VIII

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If “suffering”, from a Buddhist perspective, is your “self” bumping into all the other “selfs” of the world, and your “self” not being “at ease” with the way the world is … then Buddhist teachings on “no self” and on […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Will on Tsukuba-san

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Last week was Hans’ turn, and today Will climbs Mt. Tsukuba for some Zazen … Click on picture to play Sitting Time: About 35 Minutes

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra VII

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What is “suffering” from a Buddhist perspective? (Next time, we’ll look at how perceiving “emptiness” is a cure) A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/, In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/ Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,And/ was/ […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra VI

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The 5 Conditions (or Skandhas, or Aggregates) create our false sense of a permanent, substantial “self”: Form (Rupa) – The aggregate of form corresponds to what we would call material or physical factors. It includes the material objects that surround […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Pale Blue Dot

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In 1990, Carl Sagan persuaded NASA to use the Voyager 1 spacecraft to take a photograph of the planet Earth from a distance of 4 billion miles. The result was simply arresting: a portrait of our home as a tiny, […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Jukai / Next Book

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NOTE: BECAUSE OF A BUG AT USTREAM, THE NETCAST MAY START TO PLAY UP TO ABOUT 5 MINUTES AFTER HITTING THE PLAY BUTTON. SO, HIT THE PLAY BUTTON AND SIT ZAZEN FOR 5 MINUTES WHILE WAITING. IT WILL START, AND […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Eiheiji

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Today, Will and I joined up with Hans to sit at “Eiheiji Betsuin Chokoji” Temple in Tokyo, an active training temple which is a branch of Eiheiji Head Temple. We sat with the open Monday Zazenkai. Like yesterday, though, we […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Sojiji

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Will and I spent a few hours sitting Zazen with the weekly public Sunday Zazenkai at Sojiji monastery. I could not take a camera into the sitting, but we say “hi” (below) and were sitting with everyone at Treeleaf anyway. […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: “Will-zenkai”

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We are having another special Zazenkai tonight for two hours, in honor of Will’s visit … a “Will-zenkai” (we just had our “Hans-zenkai” last week)! We will sit 2 periods of about 40 minute Zazen, with 10 minute Kinhin. We […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Will to the Truth

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Today, we are joined by one of these“William Barry’s”‘ … … but which“William Barry”??? Saturday, look for a special, 2-hour “Will-zenkai” … to be LIVE in the Sitting Room and on Ustream (look for details here) commencing at 10:00 pm […]

Sit-a-Long with Jundo & Hans: On Mt. Tsukuba

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While Hans is visiting Treeleaf from Germany, I took him on a hike of our local mountain … Mt. Tsukuba. It is one of Japan’s ‘Great Mountains’ … You can read all about “Tsukuba-san” here: Mt. Tsukuba Wiki So, please […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: “Hans-zenkai”

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DUE TO SOME PROBLEM WITH USTREAM, IT TAKES SEVERAL MINUTES FOR THE VIDEO TO START AFTER PRESSING ‘PLAY’. PLEASE PRESS ‘PLAY’, AND WAIT A FEW MINUTES … DO SOME ZAZEN! IF IT DOES NOT START … DO SOME ZAZEN!! We […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Hans is Here!

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Hans is Here! He is our first treeleafer to make the pilgrimage to Japan to sit at “Treeleaf Tsukuba” … I hope other folks will make it too (Will is coming from China next week) Tomorrow, look for a special, […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Hoji

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We had a memorial service in my wife’s family this week, and we are sitting Zazen today to recall … in stillness and silence … our loved one.I am not too much for ceremonies myself, but the following is a […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: July Zazenkai

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Please ‘sit-a-long’ with our July “Zazenkai” (running time: approx. 4 hours). The sitting schedule is as follows: 00:00 – 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA English Only / SANDOKAI) & ZAZEN00:50 – 01:00 KINHIN01:00 – 01:40 ZAZEN01:40 – 01:50 KINHIN01:50 – 02:30 […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra V

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A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/, In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/ Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, form/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ emp/ti/ness/, Emp/ti/ness/ no/ o/ther/ than/ form/; Form/ is/ pre/cise/ly/ […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra IV

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ŚūnyatāEmptinessVoidness A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/, In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra III (Redux)

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LOOKS LIKE THIS TALK IS NOW WORKING, SO LET’S CONTINUE WITH THE ‘HEART SUTRA’ … THANK YOU FOR YOUR HAVING PRACTICED THE PARAMITA OF PATIENCE! What’s a Paramita, What’s a Prajna Paramita, What’s a Deep Prajna Paramita … and why […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Capsule Hotel

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THIS WORD JUST IN FROM BUDDHA (also known as ‘Tech Support” at Ustream) on the missing “sit-a-longs” … This is a known issue that we are working to resolve. We apologize for this problem and we are working to resolve […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra II

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In our story, the Buddha’s smartest disciple, Shariputra … who’s a little too smart … … is set straight by Avolokitesvara (Kannon), the Bodhisattva of Compassion … The Heart of the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra I

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Today, the first in a series of talks on the ‘Heart Sutra’ … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with GUDO & JUNDO

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I sat with Nishijima Roshi today, who looks the picture of health. Unfortunately, the camera did not record, so I decided to repost a sitting from a few months ago. Roshi says ‘hello’ to everyone at Treeleaf, and ‘keep just […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Best Laid Plans

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Well, I was going to talk about the ‘Heart Sutra’ today … but nothing has gone right all day. And tomorrow I am going to see Nishijima Roshi, and try to sit with him, so it will have to wait […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Bathtime! (re-redux)

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Going to try this one more time … fortunately, I take a bath every day … The following poem is posted near the bath at most Soto Zen temples around the world. Before bathing, we may put our hands together […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Late Night Tea

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It is very late, and the end of a very long day … I will just let this tea pot do the teaching tonight, and have a quiet sit. By the way, I will begin this week a series of […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH, then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, closing with the chant […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Zen is Boring!

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Our subject today is one of Brad Warner’s best essays ever, which should be mandatory reading for anyone following this “Just Sitting” way … maybe all Buddhists could use to read it … ZEN IS BORING We had quite a […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Vietnam III – Truc Lam

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Impressions of Truc Lam Thien Monastery Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, Note: Sound is missing for the first few minutes of the ceremony We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant Heart Sutra in ENGLISH only this week (we will […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Vietnam II – War (Cont.)

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cruelty Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Vietnam I – War

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Time Passes (The signal dropped midway, and there is no closing bell today) Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Howdy from Saigon

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Still only able to get a few minutes recorded before the video signal cuts off. I’m back in Saigon after a few days’ retreat at Truc Lam Monastery in Dalat, about 8 hours from here on a hot and bumpy […]

Sitting on the Mekong

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Hi, I am on a boat trip down the Mekong, stopping in little towns along the way, so no internet here to put a camera on for a “Sit-a-Long”. After this, I am heading up to the mountains to stay […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen IN SAIGON!

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen FROM SAIGON! Unfortunately, the signal cut after but a few minutes … In fact, during this week, I will be visiting some Zen monasteries (due at one at 4AM tomorrow morning for […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Off to VIETNAM!

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Off to catch a plane to Vietnam in a few hours … Tomorrow we will try for our monthly Zazenkai, but all week the internet will be sporadic. I will be sitting in a couple of monasteries, pretty cut off […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Zazen Hurts!

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Perhaps the questions I am asked most often have to do with pain during sitting … Over at the forum, we have had some great discussions on painful Zazen, and many valuable tips and comments. If you are regularly experiencing […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: On a Bike

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Continuing with our series on ‘anywhere, any time’ Zazen … today, we sit on a bicycle. Bike riding is a way of physical balance, just as Zazen is balance in body-mind. Sometimes, on life’s bumpy road, we may lose that […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Enlightenment as Faith VIII

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The Eighth of “Eight Types of Enlightenment“ … DOWNLOAD (PDF) Faith & the Pure Land Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Late Late Late

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Our practice is beyond all thought of time … yet I am running late late late today (or early, depending on where one is in the world). A silent sitting … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen. (Due to Sound Problems this week … I did not turn the mike on during the live sitting … this is a rebroadcast of last week) We start with 3 floor prostrations […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: On the Train

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Tried to do the sitting on a crowded train today … … lost the signal though after a couple of stations (oh well) But a crowded train or bus is a great place to sit or stand Zazen … … […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Stuck in Traffic

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Caught in a Tokyo traffic jam … … a good chance for ZazenNothing moving, but no place to go Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Enlightenment as Impassivity (NOT!!) VII

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As to No. 7 of the “Eight Types of Enlightenment“ … DOWNLOAD (PDF) I think this guy isreally off base! Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Procrastination

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Zen Practice has not really cured my procrastinating(though I used to be even worse). But you didn’t think Zen fixes all one’s problems and bad habits, did you? Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Falling Off

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Ours is a way of balance …balance of body-mind through life … But anyone can lose their balance,even after many years of practice sometimes. Even an experienced practitioner or teachercan fall off the bike. Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Enlightenment as Non-Duality VI (Cont.)

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A little more No. 6 of the “Eight Types of Enlightenment“ … DOWNLOAD (PDF) Your ‘True Self’ ‘Original Self’ ‘One Mind”‘Buddha Nature’ … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant Heart Sutra in ENGLISH only this week (we will alternate English/Japanese week to week), then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Enlightenment as Non-Duality VI

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No. 6 of the “Eight Types of Enlightenment“ … DOWNLOAD (PDF) being one with what? Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Mosquito Roshi

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A special guest teacher today, so I preempt our scheduled talk … the subject is sitting with little pains, annoyances and mosquitoes … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Enlightenment as Realization of Buddha Nature V

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No. 5 of the “Eight Types of Enlightenment“ … DOWNLOAD (PDF) We now head to China … the Way … … the search for ‘Buddha Nature’, our True Self … Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: On the Road

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Continuing our series on Zazen any where, any time … Today, heading down the road **BY THE WAY, I RECOMMEND ZAZEN IN THE PASSENGER SEAT,NOT WHILE ACTUALLY DRIVING!!** (LOST THE SIGNAL TOWARD THE END,SO PLEASE TIME YOURSELF) Press on arrow […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday** “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday** “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen**(but on Monday!), We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant Heart Sutra in JAPANESE only this week (we will alternate English/Japanese week to week), then sit about 40 minutes […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: F-1

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It is race day (F-1 Grand Prix), and the TV is screaming!! No place to go in this small house, I will just sit. But that’s fine … (THERE MAY BE SOME PROBLEM WITH THE NETCAST,SO PLEASE TIME YOURSELF) Press […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Downtown

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When your mind is noisy like a downtown street … … remember where true stillness is found …. Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. SEE HERE

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Tantric Enlightenment IV

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Next of the “Eight Types of Enlightenment“ … DOWNLOAD (PDF) TANTRA! It sure is more colorful than our Zen Practice sometimes Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Enlightenment as Eternal Life III

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More of the “Eight Types of Enlightenment“ … DOWNLOAD (PDF) In the Zen perspective, we might not have ‘eternal life‘ … only ‘no birth no death’ Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Enlightenment as Emptiness II

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The next of the “Eight Types of Enlightenment“ … DOWNLOAD (PDF) Everything is impermanent, nothing has ‘self’, all is empty … just realize this fact and you can make your great escape … … so do Zen folks exist? (By […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Enlightenment as Escape I

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Continuing our look at the “Eight Types of Enlightenment“: DOWNLOAD (PDF) ‘Enlightenment as Escape’ might be said to emphasize (1) escape from human life by (2) extinguishment of human emotions and desire (3) over a series of incarnations … … […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: The Varieties of Enlightenment – Introduction

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Today we begin looking at the “Eight Types of Enlightenment” based on this book section {PDF}: DOWNLOAD As Buddhism moved from culture to culture, and as time passed, Buddhism changed and flowered in a variety of forms. Did it become […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: May Zazenkai

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Please ‘sit-a-long’ with our May “Zazenkai” (running time: approx. 4 hours). The sitting schedule is as follows: 00:00 – 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA English Only / SANDOKAI) & ZAZEN00:50 – 01:00 KINHIN01:00 – 01:40 ZAZEN01:40 – 01:50 KINHIN01:50 – 02:30 […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: What’s Next?

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Before we sit, I talk about some things coming up on the “Sit-a-Long” … Next week, I’ll be looking at the “Eight Types of Enlightenment” and this article {PDF}: DOWNLOAD Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Planting Rice

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A rice farmer near Treeleaf said I could film him today, planting each sprig of rice by hand. Time passes … Things grow … This world feeds and nurtures us … I feel tremendous gratitude. Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Rocket!

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Today, sitting under our town’s landmark rocketship (Tsukuba is home to Japan’s space program), I’ll take on questions like these: How would a sentient “blob” creature from another world manage the Full Lotus posture? Is planetary defense against invading Venusians […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Genjo Koan XXXXV

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Today we conclude our discussion of Genjo Koan _________________________ Mayu, Zen master Baoche, was fanning himself. A monk approached and said, “Master, the nature of wind is permanent and there is no place it does not reach. Why, then, do […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Tsukubai

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A quiet sitting today .. the image on screen is our ‘tsukubai’ at treeleaf,a kind of traditional basin in the garden Press on arrow for ‘play’NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE TO SEE THE SCREEN OR START BUTTON,PLEASE UPDATE FLASH. […]

SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen

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Welcome to our Saturday “Live from Treeleaf” Zazen, but, unfortunately, somebody (me!) forgot to turn the microphone on… So, you can either watch silently (below) or, I suggest, sit again with our Saturday sitting from last week: LAST WEEK’s SITTING […]

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