look at the sitting time schedule
(to be the same as last year HERE) and plan out which recorded periods you will sit,
and which live versions you will be able to sit and when in your time Zone. Not so complex to figure out once you
look at the schedule.

I hope that many folks will elect to sit “real time” with Taigu and me. If sitting “real time”, the retreat should
encompass most all of your Saturday and Sunday (starting 6am, although you may join us a bit on your Friday night too if you wish) in most of Europe and North America, until late in the evening. The way to accomplish that is for everyone
to sit a combination of “live” and “recorded” segments over the
weekend. In other words, some activities you can join live and other
activities (because they happened in the middle of the night where you
are, during your sleep time) you can do with the recording (while it is
the middle of the night in Japan and Taigu and I are sleeping!)

See how that works! 8)


We will ‘be dancing’ a simple Oryoki for our Treeleaf Two-Day Online Retreat scheduled for LIVE NETCAST over this weekend of DECEMBER 5 and 6, 2009 (and available in recorded form after that, for participation any time ‘On Demand’).

 … Traditional Oryoki practice consists of scores of set movements for eating, each of which must be learned and mastered, much like a ballet. Here is a small sample, this merely for wiping and repacking the spoon, chopsticks and settsu (bowl washing stick) at the end of the meal …

1) Pick up spoon in right hand with the handle pointing toward you. Put it in your left hand. Pick up setsu with right hand; put bowl of spoon into water in middle bowl and clean it with setsu. Do both sides. Hold spoon straight.

2) Put setsu in middle bowl, pointing straight out. Put spoon in right hand. With left hand, fold the exposed corner of the drying cloth over the bowl of the spoon without taking the cloth out of the Buddha bowl. Wipe bowl of spoon; turn spoon 180 degrees so bowl is pointing toward you and push it through cloth.

3) Spoon is now in your right hand, bowl down and pointing left. Without picking up utensil holder, slide spoon into it. (The opening in utensil holder should be on your right, with the fold on the left.)

4) Repeat steps 1) and 2) above with chopsticks.

5) In left hand pick up folded utensil holder that contains spoon. Slide sticks into utensil holder, toward you. Work utensils to bottom with right hand. Do not let utensils drop of their own weight.

6) Fold over the utensil holder and replace it in front of you, this time with the opening on the left. The pointed half is on top, with the opening down (not visible). Fold is now on the right.

We will be doing a simplified, sometimes improvised and creative version but, I hope, no less mindful. The attitude and spirit are the most important.


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