Saturday, April 07, 2007



jundo cohen said...


I hope it is okay if pass this on.

Gassho, Jundo Cohen

P.S. - I think your cancer-Zen is the practice of all practices. Thank you for all your postings.



We would like announce that the doors are 'officially' open on our ONLINE ZENDO & SANGHA, and our VIDEO-BLOG. We also soon will begin LIVE online-video broadcasts of weekly Zazen sittings, talks and multi-day Sesshin :

The website, blog and broadcast sittings are meant for people who cannot travel to sit and be with others, perhaps due to health concerns, or not driving at night, having to take care of kids, or their living in a place without a Sangha close by. Our Zazen sittings and Sangha will always be close by.

For now, we have recorded Zazen sittings and talks, such as this "Sit-a-long Zazen":

We also have online and Ipod-ready Zazen timers . Although our online Sangha is meant mainly for people who cannot travel far from home, we hope anyone and everyone will feel free to use and download our timers and broadcast sittings. They are our gift to everyone who finds them helpful (for example, who might wish to use the Ipod/Mp3 version for some Zazen at work).

We are a Soto Zen Sangha in the lineage of Gudo Wafu Nishijima, with teacher Jundo Cohen (who resides in Ibaraki, Japan and, sometimes, Florida with wife and son). Our focus is on a very down-to-earth, 'Just Sitting' Zazen practice (not much for ceremonies, statues, beads, costumes or other bells and whistles).

We hope to establish a true community, and questions or comments can be sent to Jundo at any time, or posted on the blog or community forum (

If you know anyone who, due to health concerns or the like, cannot commute to sit with others, please introduce them to our site.

Like life and the universe, it is all Free! Everyone is always welcome, and there is no being "far away."

Gassho, Treeleaf Zendo

Michael said...

Yes, it does add a sense of urgency to things.

east village idiot said...

Hi Michael

Sorry I've been out of the loop so long. My job has been trying for the last three weeks but I think things have slowed down for a while.

I regret not being here to immediately respond to your emails regarding your medical visits. What was the bottom line with the latest cat scan? I pray that you got the results you hoped for and they can just laser beam that tumor right out of you.

By the way - have you ever heard of a Zen teacher named William Kennedy? He is in New Jersey (I believe) he is also a Jesuit, and a psychologist. but he is supposed to be a high level Zen guy - I've forgotten the term in Japanese. I've met him several times and he seems pretty cool.

Michael said...


Now I KNOW we're on the same wavelength: I just made a new post on my test results.

I hope your job situation stabilizes. If it's any comfort, things always change. I look at life as a big circle.

Yes, I've heard of Robert Kennedy. We chatted on the phone once several years ago. He teaches at St. Peter's College in Jersey City, I believe.

I just rejoined a group here in North Jersey with which I sat up till about three years ago. I'm trying to keep up my daily practice at home, when my laziness permits. :)