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Triple Treasures

  Good morning!   After successive rainy days with flooding, we have now a clear sunny Sunday sky. After successive sitting, we have now a clear calm world. We have the Triple Treasure, true treasure, anyone can enjoy any place … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect

  Good morning!   Dogen said, “Even though this Dharma is abundantly endowed, it never develops without cultivation, it can never be attained without verification.” His Recommendation for the Right Zazen recommends that all cultivate and attain this Dharma, Buddha … Continue reading

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Films Created by Our Members

Here are films our members created: Produced by Cole Hieronymus: 1. Colorado | True Nature – Hier Films  https://youtu.be/GM858-vcpEg   2. “Life is a Pattern.” – Alan Watts | Who are we? https://youtu.be/qyJCIdniL7w    (scenes from St. Louis region) Preview … Continue reading

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From Karma to Nirvana

    Good morning!   We have now beautiful magnolias, daffodils, forsythia, plums, and pears blooming according to the universal natural law. However, humans are now blasting the holy harmony of the natural world due to their individual karma idiosyncrasies. … Continue reading

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Shikoku Pilgrimage 2016 by Garyo, 35

    Closing the Circle (temples 1,2,3 and Koyasan)     It took me two days to return to the first three temples (45km).  On the second day it was raining so hard, that I was totally wet when I arrived in Gokurakuji (temple 2). In Gokurakuji, the temple of Pure Land, I stayed overnight.             Colorful schoolchildren walking in the rain             A temple I passed on the way     Coming back to the first three temples was a great experience.  I remembered the stress I felt in the beginning of the pilgrimage and could enjoy the atmosphere now much more.             Pagoda of Ryōzenji     … Continue reading

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Shikoku Pilgrimage 2016 by Garyo, 34

      Ōkuboji, temple 88     Just opposite of Nagaoji (temple 87), I stayed overnight in the Ryokan Azumaya The lady of the house was extremely nice and served for breakfast an egg with two yolks.  “Dōgyō-ninin” she said, meaning “ same practice, two people”.  The second yolk was for our protector, Kōbō Daishi.             The egg yolk with the lightly beaten egg white mixed with rice tastes really good.             Lady owning the Ryokan Azuyama     Temple 88 is located on Mt. Nyotai (800m). On the way up, I passed the Maeyama Dam and some beautiful rice fields.                         … Continue reading

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Public Talk & Discussion On Paradigm Shift:

Public Talk-Discussion On Paradigm Shift:  From Karma to Nirvana     SCHEDULE: 1:30 – 1:35                      Introduction: Leonora Kham   1:35 – 3:30  From Karma-delusion to Nirvana-awakenin                    Dr. Rosan Yoshida: Director, Missouri Zen Center                        … Continue reading

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Shikoku Pilgrimage 2016 by Garyo, 33

      A Sense of Time (temples 85 and 86)     When walking out of Takamatsu City, one of the reliefs on a bridge showed an ancient warrior fighting on a horse, telling the story of the defeat of the Taira clan in a naval battle in 1185. I was surprised that in Japan, the memory of battles is still alive after nearly 1000 years.               The scene above depicts the famous samurai Nasuno Yoichi  (1169 – 1232) in the battle of Yashima (1185, when Heishi, Taira clan, was … Continue reading

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Shikoku Pilgrimage 2016 by Garyo, 32

      Setouchi Triennale 2016     On my 88-temple pilgrimage, I kept walking nearly every day. There were two exceptions, however -one was the 8 days long stay in the Zen temple Zuioji and the other one was in Takamatsu City, where I wanted to visit the Setouchi Triennale. This International art festival is held every three years on 12 islands around Takamatsu.  It was created to bring vitality and life back to an area, which lost importance in the time of globalization.   Unfortunately, I arrived on the last day of the festival. I did not see most of the art objects.  However, what I saw was stunning, inspiring and beautiful.             Beyond the Borders – the Ocean by Lin Shuen Long from Taiwan     The art object depicts a floating seed and is placed near the harbor of Takamatsu.               Image of the root of the floating seed with a golden statue in the center     I spent a whole day with Ella, my French pilgrimage friend, exploring the islands of Naoshima and Teshima.  In Naoshima, we saw the Red Pumkin and the Naoshima Pavilion.   … Continue reading

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Shikoku Pilgrimage 2016 by Garyo, 31

    Tamura Jinja and the Ritsurin Garden (temple 84)     It is estimated that there are around 100, 000 Jinjas (Shinto Shrines) in Japan. Shinto means “way of the Gods.” Originally, the sun, the moon, mountains, trees rocks, waterfalls, etc. were worshiped as gods or spiritual beings – spirits living in them. Kamis were worshiped to ensure good harvests, prosperous life, etc. One of the most fascinating Jinja’s I visited on my pilgrimage was the Tamura Jinja, Ichinomiya (temple 83), the First Shrine in Sanuki Province now Takamatsu City.             A huge Torii (gate) at the entrance of the shrine symbolizes the transition from profane to sacred ground. Torii means literally bird’s abode. In Japan, birds are thought to have connections to the dead.              Hotei, god of contentment and happiness, is one of seven Gods of Good Fortune (sometimes, identified as Miroku Bosatsu, Maitreya Bodhisattva, Future Buddha, … Continue reading

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