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The Seeker
05 Dec 11, 11:11
I went to a temple service last evening. It was in a Zen Buddhist Temple.
I found this to be very exciting and enlightening to say the least. I was welcomed very warmly by all who I met. I was told how the "service" would go and then found a mat and sat meditating.
I really enjoyed the chanting, was never in a group chant before.
The Dharma talk was on Karma, and the way it was presented, was really great. A bit of instruction, a discussion, a bit more reading/instruction and more discussion.
I really enjoyed this experience to say the least, and it brought a lot of inner peace.


In loving kindness, The Seeker

plwk
05 Dec 11, 11:32
Sadhu!

Aloka
05 Dec 11, 15:11
That's really nice Seeker, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

If you want to talk about Zen beliefs and practice any time, feel free to start a topic in the Mahayana/Vajrayana forum.;D

The Seeker
05 Dec 11, 21:50
plwk, please explain this word.
I searched it, but there are many links to different meanings, thank you.

Aloka-D, thank you very much.
Before I start any discussions, I need to study and understand more.
I will read through the forum you mentioned though.

In Loving Kindness, The Seeker

Esho
06 Dec 11, 00:42
Sounds great Seeker,

Take your time, but it can be great to share your insight with us at the Mahayana/Vajrayana forum. I used to practice Soto Zen in a dojo, not a big Temple but the sangha chanting is really beautiful. We used to chat the whole Genjo Koan and all the ancestry from Mahakasyapa to Dogen and beyond.

:flower:

Fee
06 Dec 11, 12:34
Hey The Seeker,

I'm pleased that you have found some offline support. I hope that you continue to enjoy the group and it helps you find your inner peace.

Fee

plwk
06 Dec 11, 13:21
Some references...

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/glossary.html#s
sādhu: (exclamation) "It is well"; an expression showing appreciation or agreement
http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/2011/10/sadhu-sadhu-sabhu.html
Sadhu is a Pali word which means good, excellent or auspicious.

Examples of the word’s use are: ‘It is sadhu to see noble ones’ (D.I,88), ‘It is sadhu to control the mind’(Dhp.35), and ‘Even one who leads a sadhu life will decline by consorting with a lazy person’ (It.71).

Sadhu is also occasionally used in the Tipitaka as an exclamation. To show his appreciation of something Sariputta had said the Buddha responded: ‘Sadhu, sadhu Sariputta!’ (Vin.I,56).

Today it is common for people in Buddhist countries to say sadhu three times to express their happiness or approval of something related to the Dhamma.

http://www.sgilibrary.org/search_dict.php?id=1870
sadhu [善哉] (Skt, Pali; Jpn zenzai or yokikana )
"Excellent," "Very good," or "Well done." An expression of praise and approval.

A Buddha or a Buddhist teacher might use this word when praising or expressing approval, usually toward a disciple.
In Buddhist scriptures, this word is often repeated for emphasis, appearing in English translations as "Excellent, excellent!" or "Well done, well done!"

The Seeker
06 Dec 11, 15:11
Fee, thank you. And I intend to stay with both, this great online community as well as the offline group.
I believe both will help me find inner peace and a greater knowledge of things.

plwk, as in example 2: sadhu sadhu sadhu


In loving Kindness, The Seeker