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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby desert_woodworker on Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:55 pm

Dear Guo Gu,

Guo Gu wrote:joe,
what will it take to get you here to visit? you must come--this is the chan cloister of holy adornment, the dharma center in shifu's name.
when you come you can smell if the scent of cypress is still around.

Thank you for your answer!

And thank you for the wonderful invitation.

I'll tune-up my nose, and come and see what perfume I detect from ALL you Buddhas, there.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

:Namaste:,

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby fukasetsu on Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:06 pm

You two always fill my heart with joy.

I'm grateful for your presence.

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Meido on Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:22 pm

Maybe Guo Gu's place would be ideal for a ZFI meetup!

GG, thank you...I appreciate the offer of a contact for statues, and may indeed ask you for info when the time comes. We'll have our construction done in the spring including the room that will be the small Buddha hall with the main altar, so at that time I'll know for sure what size images will fit. Would love to eventually have a Shakyamuni statue as well as smaller Manjusri/Samantabhadra statues to flank it there.

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby fukasetsu on Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:41 pm

Meido wrote:Maybe Guo Gu's place would be ideal for a ZFI meetup!


That would be fantastic!
Anywhere between september and february would be good for me, I'd get a 9 day trip have a vacation and help around the temple if needed.
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Guo Gu on Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:07 pm

we would be absolutely honored to host the zfi meeting! thanks for bringing up this idea meido!

we can host it on the weekend of our grand opening on 10/14. the abbot of ddm will be here with his entourage of monastics as well. also meido will be here already. i have plans of taking all the out of towners to nearby scenic sites on an excursion after the 14th for a few days. if others on the forum wish to come we can include you all on the trip. we'll try to grp ppl in hotel rooms so the rates will be cheaper (meido and other teachers will have their own rooms).

so it will be a zfi meeting plus vacation :hugs: not sure if anyone has been on a group trip with other practitioners before... it's an amazing experience. the organization is important but once that is done, being with practitioners from different centers informally allows for exchange of experiences that is pretty rare in modern times. in the old days, this is done when monastics sojourn to other temples to practice for a summer to few years. the temples in china do not have a sectarian affiliation; abbots change from linji to caodong, to weiyang, to yunmen. there were also other doctrinal temples as well. it has always been the chan tradition for practitioners to do this.

on our opening, there will be several teachers; on each of the evening, i would like to ask the teachers to give a sharing to all those on the trip so interacting with them all will be pretty rewarding.

this would be one way to support each other in our path together.

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Guo Gu on Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:12 pm

Michaeljc wrote:Do you know what variety of Cypress it is ?


michael, it's chamaecyparis obtusa; the japanese calls it "hinoki" cypress. this kind of wood is high quality and very popular for building monasteries and shrines, etc.

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby fukasetsu on Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:07 pm

Great Guo Gu, no experience with a group trip but sounds wonderful.

I'll get my visum in order.

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Meido on Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:44 pm

Very much looking forward to this, and what an added joy it will be to see any ZFI friends that can make it. Fuki, will be great to meet!

I agree that Dharma friendship between folks in different traditions/lineages is something really important, and I hope all of us can help shepherd that...one of the reasons I think ZFI is so useful (it' s only because of this place that I reconnected with Guo Gu, for example).

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby fukasetsu on Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:56 am

Likewise Meido! :)

ZFI has been very useful to me too, I've met people who changed my life, and if I'd never speak to or see them again, I'd still remember them daily to the day that this body has no more fuel to burn.
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby desert_woodworker on Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:07 pm

Marcel,

fukasetsu wrote:... I've met people who changed my life, and if I'd never speak to or see them again, I'd still remember them daily to the day that this body has no more fuel to burn.

Stay hydrated and well-fed, Old Man! And -- you know... "don't neglect physical practice(s)." :lol2: :heya:

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Linda Anderson on Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:34 pm

ok friends, it's a dream! It wouldn't be the first dream that comes true for me! I have miles. what a blessed gathering it would be! and, what an auspicious beginning for the new center! ... :ghug:
linda

ps, can someone recommend a photo editor, free, I'm still trying to resize a new photo. I've moved on!
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby partofit22 on Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:03 pm

Linda Anderson wrote:ok friends, it's a dream! It wouldn't be the first dream that comes true for me! I have miles. what a blessed gathering it would be! and, what an auspicious beginning for the new center! ... :ghug:
linda

ps, can someone recommend a photo editor, free, I'm still trying to resize a new photo. I've moved on!


Linda, pixlr express is a free online photo editor-
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Linda Anderson on Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:50 pm

Thanks Teresa... I'm working onit
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby partofit22 on Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:33 pm

Linda Anderson wrote:Thanks Teresa... I'm working onit


I see that! And its good to see!
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby fukasetsu on Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:50 pm

Joe, thank you I won't :)

Wonderful Linda, I've updated myself too, I love the few gray hairs in my beard, can't wait until it's fully gray.
As a kid I've always wanted to be naturally gray.

It's a blessing indeed, a new temple and a gathering :ghug:
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby desert_woodworker on Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:41 pm

fukasetsu wrote: ... I love the few gray hairs in my beard, can't wait until it's fully gray.
As a kid I've always wanted to be naturally gray.

Fuki, I started getting grey hairs when I was 13.

Now that the hair is completely and totally white on the head and face, I tell people:

"Don't let the grey hair FOOL ya, it's NOT my natural hair color." :lol2:

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby fukasetsu on Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:14 pm

:lol2:

I remember that picture Joe, your eyes are mesmerizing (Do I see a spark of satori or awareness)
But I'd love to get your silver hair one day,
I don't mean literally though, I'll have patience and let it mutate the natural way :lol2:
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Michaeljc on Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:59 am

Guo Gu wrote:
Michaeljc wrote:Do you know what variety of Cypress it is ?


michael, it's chamaecyparis obtusa; the japanese calls it "hinoki" cypress. this kind of wood is high quality and very popular for building monasteries and shrines, etc.

thanks,
guo gu


Thanks Guo Gu

I find properties of various timbers interesting. We have a dwarf variety of the above here that is used as a garden shrub. Also a Cypress Macrocarpa ("Monetary Cypress") which is a very good timber and of a lovely aroma. They are both exotic. Our natives are very distinct

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Guo Gu on Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:23 am

"Monetary Cypress" looks lovely!
do you work with wood? do you know that trees of same and similar species communicate with one another under ground? they help each other to thrive. see: https://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_simar ... each_other
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Michaeljc on Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:03 am

Yes - We call it macrocarpa. It has had a long history in NZ. It is very resistant to salt wind and can be found as shelter belts along coastlines. It can be used as a durable timber above ground and is very stable i.e does not shrink much on drying

Trees communicating? Nothing surprises me in nature. However macrocarpa has an odd property: in calf cows that eat it have a high incidence of abortion

Would love to come to your opening but it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObzXL0p7t1E

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