Wishing you all the best Meido. Dogen is a guiding light... can't help but think of the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams: "if you build it, they will come..."
I've seen a lot... it seems a mix of passion and being willing to fail.
You have some critical mass going, perhaps you can relax and let it take you ... I once visited Tara Mandala when there were no standing buildings and the kitchen was in a tent... so much mystery in it's manifestation! anyhoo, it was a highlight for me to cook in a tent...
Happy New Year
Not last night,
not this morning;
Melon flowers bloomed.
He-he-he. That's what I thought when I bought this farm. Nearly 10 years later, I have learned that it is "best" if it is the other way around: "When they come, they will build it..."
May we extend This Mind over the whole universe so that we and all beings together may attain maturity in Buddha's wisdom
Reminds me a bit of a passage from Hanshan Deqing's autobiography:
That spring, in the second month, we set sail for Meng Jiang with our cargo of timber. But the winds, which were favorable when we left Duan Zhou, had picked up considerably; and by the time we neared Ling Yang Pass, they were gusting so much that, taking haven, we lowered our sails and dropped anchor.
I went ashore to visit Duan Ji, and there, while awaiting better sailing conditions I wrote A Dream Journey to Duan Ji.
When we finally docked at Meng Jiang, I gathered some longshoremen; and while they unloaded the cargo, I returned to the Sixth Patriarchís temple.
I could not have imagined my reception there. A few trouble making monks, acting from personal jealousy, or perhaps, at the instigation of some of the merchants I had caused to be evicted, had convinced everyone that I had diverted thousands of gold coins to my private use. I was accused of being a thief.
Disheartened, I declined to comment upon so false an accusation; and while the formal charges against me were being prepared, I retired to the meditation hall and silently recited The Diamond Sutra.
Then, as I repeated the lines, oblivious to the turmoil around me, my attention became fixed on the Buddha's insistence that it was far better to teach one line of Buddhist truth than it was to perform a thousand worldly acts of charity, however, well-intentioned. Chagrined, I clearly saw that I, myself, was the author of the charges against me, for I had allowed myself to become too involved in worldly accomplishments. I, who had been privileged to understand even a small part of the Buddhaís Great Wisdom, had a duty to enlighten others to that wisdom. And instead I had busied myself with fund-raising and had gone shopping for timber!
"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice" --- Gandavyuha Sutra
Very nice. And it brings to mind one more
Admonition of Daito Kokushi
O you, monks, who are in this mountain monastery, remember that you are gathered here for the sake of religion and not for the sake of clothes and food. As long as you have shoulders [that is, the body], you will have clothes to wear, and as long as you have a mouth, you will have food to eat. Be ever mindful, throughout the twelve hours of the day, to apply yourselves to the study of the Unthinkable. Time passes like an arrow, never let your minds be disturbed by worldly cares. Ever, ever be on the look-out. After my departure, some of you may preside over five temples in prosperous conditions, with towers and halls and holy books all decorated in gold and silver, and devotees may noisily crowd into the grounds; some may pass hours in reading the sutras and reciting the dharanis, and sitting long in contemplation may not give themselves up to sleep; they may, eating once a day and observing the fast days, and, throughout the six periods of the day, practise all the religious deeds. Even when they are thus devoted to the cause, if their thoughts are not really dwelling on the mysterious and untransmissible Way of the Buddhas and Fathers, they may yet come to ignore the law of moral causation, ending in a complete downfall of the true religion. All such belong to the family of evil spirits; however long my departure from the world may be, they are not to be called my descendants. Let, however, there be just one individual, who may be living in the wilderness in a hut thatched with one bundle of straw and passing his days by eating the roots of wild herbs cooked in a pot with broken legs; but if he single-mindedly applies himself to the study of his own [spiritual] affairs, he is the very one who has a daily interview with me and knows how to be grateful for his life. Who should ever despise such a one? O monks, be diligent, be diligent.
How are things going at Korinji? Please give us an update Maybe more pictures?
"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andrè Gide
Thank you for asking!
I'm traveling right now and will post some photo updates later in the month. In short, our zendo's final touches will be completed during a construction week in mid-September (interior woodwork, exterior deck and railing system). We've drilled a well. The grounds continue to be developed, and now we're fundraising for the final phase: a small residence, sufficient for an abbot and up to a half dozen trainees to live full-time (also allowing us to conduct sesshin and other events for larger numbers of people, of course, once we have a kitchen).
Our annual fundraiser is coming up: this year we're doing a ten-mile benefit walk, the ZEN10. I'll be walking (along with the future Korinji watchdog). Anyone wishing to donate to a good cause - the establishment of a new Rinzai monastery in the heartland - please PM me for a link...I need sponsors for the walk, and promise to complete the whole thing
A bit more...
A recent talk I gave entitled "The Importance of Korinji" was transcribed and put online:
http://media.wix.com/ugd/ad2cfd_d545c37 ... 02b2e6.pdf
Here is the Korinji Fb page: scrolling down, a number of photos from earlier this year can be found:
Finally, folks on Instagram can follow "rinzaizencommunity" where Korinji images are regularly posted.
A nice one of our gate.
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