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Treeleaf Zendo is a Zen Buddhist Sangha in the Sōtō tradition, Treeleaf was designed specifically as an online practice place for Zen practitioners who cannot easily commute to a Zen Center due to health concerns, living in remote areas, or work, childcare and family needs, and seeks to provide Zazen sittings, retreats, discussion, interaction with a teacher, and all other activities of a Zen Buddhist Sangha, all fully online. Members now sit in over 40 countries. The focus is Shikantaza "Just Sitting" Zazen as instructed by the 13th Century Japanese Master, Eihei Dogen. Jundo Cohen is a Sōtō Zen Priest, founder and teacher of the Treeleaf Zendo. Jundo Cohen was Ordained in 2002 and subsequently received Dharma Transmission from Master Gudo Wafu Nishijima, and is a member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and American Zen Teachers Association.

Treeleaf Zendo is a Zen Buddhist Sangha in the Sōtō tradition, Treeleaf was designed specifically as an online practice place for Zen practitioners who cannot easily commute to a Zen Center due to health concerns, living in remote areas, or work, childcare and family needs, and seeks to provide Zazen sittings, retreats, discussion, interaction with a teacher, and all other activities of a Zen Buddhist Sangha, all fully online. Members now sit in over 40 countries. The focus is Shikantaza "Just Sitting" Zazen as instructed by the 13th Century Japanese Master, Eihei Dogen. Jundo Cohen is a Sōtō Zen Priest, founder and teacher of the Treeleaf Zendo. Jundo Cohen was Ordained in 2002 and subsequently received Dharma Transmission from Master Gudo Wafu Nishijima, and is a member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and American Zen Teachers Association.
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Treeleaf Zendo is a Zen Buddhist Sangha in the Sōtō tradition, Treeleaf was designed specifically as an online practice place for Zen practitioners who cannot easily commute to a Zen Center due to health concerns, living in remote areas, or work, childcare and family needs, and seeks to provide Zazen sittings, retreats, discussion, interaction with a teacher, and all other activities of a Zen Buddhist Sangha, all fully online. Members now sit in over 40 countries. The focus is Shikantaza "Just Sitting" Zazen as instructed by the 13th Century Japanese Master, Eihei Dogen. Jundo Cohen is a Sōtō Zen Priest, founder and teacher of the Treeleaf Zendo. Jundo Cohen was Ordained in 2002 and subsequently received Dharma Transmission from Master Gudo Wafu Nishijima, and is a member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and American Zen Teachers Association.

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Episodes

July 2019 Zazenkai Talk - "Building a House and the Four Seals"

7/21/2019
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Rev. Sekishi's talk on Building a House and the Four Seals: the four characteristics (or "seals") are sometimes seen as a sort of "litmus test" to see if a teaching reflects true Buddha Dharma. But they can also be viewed as part of the core teachings of Buddhism: Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: July 5th-6th, 2019 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf ZAZENKAI! - featuring Sekishi ! »

Duration:00:43:33

June 2019 Zazenkai Talk - "Bodhidharma's Outline of Practice"

7/20/2019
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Rev. Kyonin's talk on the Outline of Practice of Master Bodhidharma (also known as the Treatise on the Two Entrances and Four Practices/ 二入四行論) (Translated by Red Pine) MANY roads lead to the Path, but basically there are only two: reason and practice. Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: June 7th-8th, 2019 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf ZAZENKAI! - featuring Kyonin! »

Duration:00:39:14

May 2019 Zazenkai Talk - "Vesak and the Buddha's Birthday"

7/20/2019
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Today's Talk is by Rev. Shokai, who will speaks on Vesak and the Buddha's Birthday. Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: May 3rd-4th, 2019 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf ZAZENKAI! - featuring Shokai! »

Duration:00:35:10

April 2019 Zazenkai Talk - Rev. Shingen on Life and the Sandokai

7/15/2019
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Today's Talk will be by Rev. Shingen, who writes the he had an experience the other day with his new job, and thought it would be a good teaching - "a teaching through real life."

Duration:00:40:48

March 2019 Zazenkai Talk - "IN THE NEWS!"

7/15/2019
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Today's Talk will look at a variety of STORIES and ISSUES IN THE NEWS today. Recently, there has been much discussion in the Buddhist world about "leaving politics at the door" of the Buddhist Sangha, where we encounter a way beyond opinions and debates. Generally, I very much agree. Zazen is beyond "right left and middle," and points to something beyond mere worldly concerns. However, I also believe that Buddhist teachings and values do guide us in certain directions in daily life, and...

Duration:00:31:39

January 2019 SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: THOUGHTS and EMOTIONS are GOOD ZAZEN too!

1/12/2019
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I am going to say something that might be missed or not emphasized enough in many explanations of Shikantaza Zazen. (I apologize to any teachers who do in fact say this). In Shikantaza, trains of thought and stormy emotions might come. and we are told to release the thoughts, become untangled, returning to the posture or breath or 'open awareness,' the stillness and silence free of thoughts. Then, when more thoughts come, we just repeat. That is correct. However... Further reading and...

Duration:00:09:38

Special New Year Zazenkai SATURDAY 1/5 with Zoketsu Norman Fischer

1/6/2019
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Zoketsu Norman Fischer is an American poet, writer, and Soto Zen priest, teaching and practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. He is a Dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman, from whom he received Dharma transmission in 1988. Fischer served as co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center from 1995–2000, after which he founded the Everyday Zen Foundation in 2000, a network of Buddhist practice group and related projects in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Fischer has published more than...

Duration:00:57:10

November 2018 Zazenkai Talk (November 3rd-4th, 2018 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf ZAZENKAI!)

11/12/2018
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Today's Talk is the second part (we began last month) of reflections on portions of the 'Tenzo Kyokun' (典座教訓) or "Instructions for the Cook," Master Dogen's celebration of work (作務) and all our responsibilities in life, as we continue our Jukai and Ango Season for this year. Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: November 3rd-4th, 2018 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf ZAZENKAI! »

Duration:00:29:16

October 2018 Zazenkai Talk (October 5th-6th, 2018 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf ZAZENKAI!)

10/6/2018
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Today's Talk will honor portions of Master Dogen's "Instructions for the Cook," a celebration of 'Samu' Work Practice and all our duties in life. Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: October 5th-6th, 2018 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour Treeleaf ZAZENKAI! »

Duration:00:38:11

September 2018 Zazenkai Talk (Ango Kickoff - Dogen's "Shobogenzo-Jukai")

9/2/2018
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Today's Talk will reflect on a portion of Master Dogen's 'Shobogenzo-Jukai' as we commence our Jukai and Ango Season for this year. In the Western Heavens and the Eastern Lands, wherever the transmission has passed between Buddhist patriarchs, at the beginning of entering the Dharma there is inevitably the receiving of the precepts. Without receiving the precepts we are never the disciples of the buddhas and never the descendants of the ancestral masters—because they have seen “departing...

Duration:00:44:33

August 2018 Special Zazenkai with Author and Teacher Susan Moon

8/5/2018
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(Reigetsu) Susan Moon is a writer, editor, and lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. She is the author of a number of books about Buddhism, including the humor book The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi and This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. For many years she was the editor of Turning Wheel, the journal of socially engaged Buddhism. Her short stories and essays have been published widely. Sue has been a Zen student since 1976, practicing in the lineage of...

Duration:01:21:22

July 2018 Zazenkai Talk (Cases 76 and 77 from the Book of Equanimity)

7/18/2018
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The Talk this time will be on "Book of Equanimity" Koans we have recently danced in our "No Words Book Club." These are available to read on our current Book Club thread at: https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?55-BEYOND-WORDS-LETTERS-BOOK-CLUB-TREELEAF-ART-CIRCLE Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: July 6th-7th, 2018 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! »

Duration:00:32:46

June 2018 Zazenkai Talk (Dogen's Dharma Hall Discourses - Part V)

6/11/2018
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We will finish this series of talks on a text by Dogen which is not so commonly the topic of Dharma Talks, but which contains a detailed record of Dogen's own lessons and interactions with his Teacher in China, Master Tiāntóng Rújìng (天童如淨; Japanese: Tendō Nyōjo). Dogen was then a young student who went to travel (by boat, across deadly seas, not airliner) seeking an answer to many questions. Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: June 1st-2nd,...

Duration:00:37:55

May 2018 Special Zazenkai with Rev. EDWARD ESPE BROWN (The Tassajara Tenzo)

5/7/2018
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On Sunday May 6th, Soto Priest and famed former "Tenzo" (Head Cook) at the Tassajara Zen Monastery Rev. Edward Espe Brown offered a very special Zazenkai and Talk, live from California and Treeleaf Tsukuba. Edward Espe Brown, a Soto Zen Buddhist priest, was was ordained in 1971 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and he received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman in 1996. He was the first head resident cook at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center from 1967 to 1970. He later worked at the celebrated Greens...

Duration:01:03:04

April 2018 Zazenkai Talk (Dogen's Dharma Hall Discourses - Celebration of the Buddha's Birthday)

4/14/2018
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Our Zazenkai today is in CELEBRATION of BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY, traditionally APRIL 8th in Japan. Today's Talk will dance with Dharma Hall Discourses by Master Dogen in Celebration of the Buddha's Birthday (from the Eihei Koroku, trans. Leighton and Okumura). We also CELEBRATE the Dharma Transmission of our Treeleaf Priests: Kyonin, Shingen and Shokai. Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: April 6th-7th, 2018 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! -...

Duration:00:40:09

March 2018 Zazenkai Talk (Dogen’s Hokyoki - Part IV)

3/7/2018
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I thought that we might spend a few months with the text, taking it a few pages at a time. Not all the advice is something one need agree with in modern times, maybe (based on his own later Teachings) some of it even Dogen did not take to heart. However, let us see what we can find. I am going to read from page 21 through the first few lines of 24 today if there is time. It is a grabbag of topics, so let's see what we find. Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the...

Duration:00:30:03

February 2018 Zazenkai Talk (Sandokai - The Identity of Relative and Absolute)

2/3/2018
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Today's Talk is based on the Sandokai (Identity of Relative & Absolute) that we chant each month. Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: February 2nd-3rd, 2018 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! »

Duration:00:45:44

January 2018 Zazenkai Talk (Dogen’s Hokyoki - Part III)

1/6/2018
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We continue this series of talks on a text by Dogen which is not so commonly the topic of Dharma Talks, but which contains a detailed record of Dogen's own lessons and interactions with his Teacher in China, Master Tiāntóng Rújìng (天童如淨; Japanese: Tendō Nyōjo). Dogen was then a young student who went to travel (by boat, across deadly seas, not airliner) seeking an answer to many questions. This is the record of Dogen's remembrances of much of the advice and guidance he received on those...

Duration:00:42:46

November 2017 Zazenkai Talk (Dogen's Hokyoki - Part II)

11/14/2017
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Our Reading Text for Today's Talk: Hokyoki (Journal of My Study In China) by Master Eihei Dogen - Part II (Pages 8 to 12). We continue this series of talks on a text by Dogen which is not so commonly the topic of Dharma Talks, but which contains a detailed record of Dogen's own lessons and interactions with his Teacher in China, Master Tiāntóng Rújìng (天童如淨; Japanese: Tendō Nyōjo). Dogen was then a young student who went to travel (by boat, across deadly seas, not airliner) seeking an answer...

Duration:00:31:21

October 2017 Zazenkai Talk (Offering Metta to Violent People)

10/8/2017
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For today's Metta (Loving Kindness) Recital, in the section of offering Metta to people difficult in our lives or in this world, I will be offering in my heart to "people like Stephen Paddock", the man who killed 58 people, and wounded hundreds more, in Las Vegas this week. I feel I need to explain why, and the meaning of this. Someone might misunderstand or be confused. I am sorry that it is a little complicated. Our Metta chant states: We must somehow not turn away, not forget ... yet...

Duration:00:35:34