Category Archives: Wholly Wholesome Way/World

Selfish Sick System to Wholly Wholesome World

  Good morning!   We’re having a splendid Sunday morning of sesshin (接心・摂心). Sesshin means touching and embracing the heart-mind. Yajňavalkya, the famous Upanishadic thinker, said, “Veena sounds, once produced, cannot be caught, but by catching the veena player, they … Continue reading

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Wholly Wholesome World Way

  Good morning!   We have sesshin, touching or embracing the mind, today. Yesterday I watched a program titled How the Mind Is Born – Resonance Between Brain Science and Buddhism, by Dr. Takao Asano, brain surgeon, and Rev. Issho … Continue reading

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Wholly Wholesome Way World

    Good morning!   We have fresh fall, clear, crisp air. We have now a clear crisp world after sittings. We have hibiscus flowers at the altar and around our garden. They all started from a small hibiscus bush … Continue reading

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Commit, Conquer, Communicate, Cooperate, Coexist

  Good morning!   Still sittings make us holy (wholly wholesome) and harmonious. I forwarded the speech Noam Chomsky gave at Riverside Church on January 5th at the 20th anniversary celebration of Democracy Now! to many groups and individuals. He … Continue reading

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Wholly Wholesome Way World

  Good morning!   We have a calm and cool world after sittings. Sitting make us settled in holiness. The Fourfold Holy Truths are the truths of our existence and the existential truths to become holy (wholly wholesome) and happy. … Continue reading

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Working Wholly Wholesome Way World

  Good morning!   We have a peaceful and harmonious Sunday morning after sittings and service as usual. We don’t, however, know what will happen next. About this time on a hot summer morning seventy-one years ago the first A-bomb … Continue reading

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Micro-micro Management Maintenance

  Good morning!   We have a nice Sunday morning with a crisp, clear, and calm atmosphere, with birds singing in the bright sunlight, especially after our sitting and service. I have been thinking of changing the grass area to … Continue reading

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Wholly Wholesome Way World

  Good morning!   Yesterday I read the section “Opening One’s Eyes on One’s Own Life,” in the book Nurturing Together by Uchiyama Roshi. He happened to turn on a TV in an inn. Five college students and two teachers … Continue reading

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From Endless Enmity Enigma to Wholly Wholesome World

    Good morning!   We are in sesshin, which means embracing (摂心) or touching (接心) the heart and mind. Our hearts and minds are normally going out, but are rarely embraced or touched. We seldom protect, much less touch … Continue reading

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Wholly Wholesome Way World

    Good morning!   We have a warm winter now with a window opened. Yesterday it was over 70. This is part of global warming. The COP21 had some success in tackling this. Paris had this meeting and a terror attack, so the French president said that these are the two biggest problems in the world. More imminent and devastating would be the nuclear holocaust and radiation disasters that could accompany natural or human disasters, like terrorism. A news report yesterday said that West Lake, the nuclear waste site in St. Louis, may become a Fukushima with its underground fire 1,000 feet away.1     Malala Yousafiai, the youngest Nobel prize winner, said, “With guns, you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.” We could say, “With meditation you can terminate terror.” All the problems and sufferings we have now with the sixth man- made mass extinction as well as the inevitable eternal/universal sufferings of birth, sickness, aging, death, loss, separation, meeting with the hated – in short, the rampant raging of the five aggregates – come from the triple poisons of desire, divisiveness, and the delusion of ego, which ultimately come from karmas.     So, the Buddha at around this time of year, twenty five centuries ago, for the first time in the history, found that all living beings are karma-heirs, -owners, -machines, -refuged, and provided us with the practical way to still karmas in sitting, settling in unconditioned peace (nirvana, lit. no-wind of karmas), and attaining unsurpassed awakening (bodhi) of the Dharma of dependent co-origination/cessation. We can witness nirvana or the supra-mundane (loka-uttara), and bodhi by constant cultivation of sitting and seeing the Dharma (Norm) of all dharmas (forms), not by walking, as the Buddha said.     The holy (wholly wholesome) truth, justice, and way must come from nirvana and bodhi, beyond sinful (separate sick) truth, justice, and way – thus the Four Holy Truths (cattāri-ariya-saccāni) and the Eightfold Holy Ways (aṭṭhaṅgika-ariya-magga). Selfish truth, justice, and way are not “wholly wholesome.” Right view, thinking, speaking, acting, livelihood, mindfulness, striving, and concentration must be truthful (sacca, satya)2 and holy, based on nirvana and bodhi. So, the Buddha said, “Enmity is never appeased by enmity,” and “Conquer one-self not thousands in wars.”3   … Continue reading

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