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The Seeker
05 Dec 11, 12:11
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

05 Dec 11, 12:32

05 Dec 11, 16:11
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, 22:50
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

06 Dec 11, 01:42
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.


06 Dec 11, 13:34
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.


06 Dec 11, 14:21
Some references...

sādhu: (exclamation) "It is well"; an expression showing appreciation or agreement
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.

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, 16:11
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