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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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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

September 2017 SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: Enter in Spring, Exit in Fall

9/24/2017
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In Japan today, it is O-Higan (お彼岸), a holiday in Japanese Buddhism celebrated at the Spring and Fall Equinox. It is said that the etymology of the name, the “other shore”, is from “the other shore of the Sanzu River” which river traditionally is said to separate this life from the world of the afterlife, much as the River Hades. The “other shore” can mean as well the world of Enlightenment, which transcends the life and death of this world, this shore. On this day, when the seasons...

Duration:00:21:57

September 2017 SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: CHANGING HEART, CHANGING TIRES

9/21/2017
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A little homework assignment for you, an experiment to help you discover the power of this Practice to change life. It is something to try even if you are new to this Practice, or if you have a lot of miles down the Zen road. It is also a litmus test, a demonstration of the ability of this Practice to work great change in your life right now. Oh, this little act won’t fix all the problems in your life, and won’t even change a flat tire. You still will have to grab a jack and get to work. But...

Duration:00:08:09

September 2017 Zazenkai Talk (A SPECIAL TALK to COMMENCE ‘ANGO’ SEASON)

9/11/2017
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Today is the Beginingless Beginning of our Jukai and Ango Season. Especially for our Ango participants, and for anyone, a short Talk on the meaning of the ‘True Ango’ that has ‘No Obstacles’ and nothing ever to interfere … and which is precisely the obstacles that interfere! Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: A SPECIAL TALK to COMMENCE ‘ANGO’ SEASON »

Duration:00:14:43

September 2017 Zazenkai Talk (Dogen’s Hokyoki)

9/5/2017
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Having returned from my own travels by plane, car and train, I thought to begin a 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...

Duration:00:43:15

July 2017 Zazenkai Talk (”Practice-Enlightenment” for Practical People)

7/4/2017
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Buddhist meditation has commonly been considered an instrumental technique aimed at obtaining a heightened mental or spiritual state, or even as a method for inducing some dramatic “enlightenment” experience. But in some branches of the Zen tradition, Zazen (Zen seated meditation) has been seen not as a means to attaining some result, but as a ritual enactment and expression of awakened awareness. This alternate, historically significant approach to Zen meditation and practice has been as a...

Duration:00:37:29

June 2017 Zazenkai Talk (Dogen’s Instructions to the Ino)

6/7/2017
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Our Talk this Month is “What I Know about the Ino” (the Supervisor of Monks) … a monastic office, but not that far from our own lives, jobs and family duties … It is from Master Dogen’s “Pure Standards for the Temple Administrators (Chiji Shingi)” for Eiheiji Monastery (translated by Taigen Leighton and Shohaku Okumura) Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: June 2nd-3rd, 2017 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! »

Duration:00:39:13

May 2017 SIT-A-LONG with Jundo: The Treeleaf LEND-A-HAND (’LAH’) Project … WE NEED YOU!

5/28/2017
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We are calling on ALL of our Treeleaf Members and friends to Vow to undertake one extra, special ‘Good Deed’ each day (besides all the Good you already do!) and dedicate this to our Sangha. This is a manifestation of our Shikantaza Practice out in this world, this is a Community Project together. We recall especially that Mahayana Buddhism that is actually not about us at all, but is always dedicated to the world. We sit for the world, we act for the world and others. So, this is just...

Duration:00:13:01

April 2017 Guest Zazenkai Talk (David Loy and A New Buddhist Path)

5/3/2017
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A special Zazenkay and talk by guest speaker David Loy. David Robert Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles appear regularly in the pages of major journals such as Tikkun and Buddhist magazines including Tricycle, Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. David lectures...

Duration:01:10:56

April 2017 Zazenkai Talk (The Heart of the Heart of the Heart Sutra)

4/2/2017
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The Talk this time will look at the Heart of the Heart of the Heart Sutra, form and emptiness in a nutshell … We will reflect on the wording of the Heart Sutra as we chant for Zazenkai in English most weeks. However, I will touch briefly on the somewhat longer version used by Tibetan Practitioners and some others, with adds a little more at the startless start and endless end. Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: March 31st-April 1st, 2017 -...

Duration:00:47:01

March 2017 Zazenkai Talk (The zen poems of Ryokan Taigu)

3/5/2017
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Our talk is about the zen poems of the Great Fool: Ryōkan Taigu (1758–1831). This famous hermit monk lived a simple life but rich in practice and reverence for the present moment. After leaving the monastery he spent his life helping people in villages, begging, playing with kids and writing poems. More about Ryōkan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ry%C5%8Dkan Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf forum: OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! The zen poems of...

Duration:00:35:27

February 2017 SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Sit Down & Speak Up

2/22/2017
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How does our Zen Practice blend with taking a stand? Do we stay “beyond the fray” or speak out for what is right? I have been wrestling with this lately, like many folks. I have advocated leaving “politics” outside the door of our Treeleaf Sangha. In principle. I still believe so, and that we should speak civilly and gently to each other in the Sangha, agreeing to disagree, leaving most political debate outside. Further reading and discussion for this talk are available on the Treeleaf...

Duration:00:07:25

February 2017 Zazenkai Talk (Our SPECIAL “NEHAN-E” 4-hour ZAZENKAI)

2/11/2017
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WELCOME to our Memorial & Celebration of NEHAN-E, (Pari-Nirvana) the traditional day to mark the historical Buddha’s death and passing from this visible world. This is also a day for each of us to remember in our homes those family and friends who have gone before. As well, we particularly mark the passing of Nishijima Gudo Wafu and Rempo Niwa Zenji. Our reading for today’s Nehan-e Zazenkai is a passage that Dogen wrote late in life, showing his seemingly very traditional views on Rebirth...

Duration:00:58:13