Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Bukkokuji Temple

This temple has a special place in my heart.
Shunko-san, a monk whom I met in Kochi, spoke highly of Harada Tangen Roshi and the quality of the Zen practice at the temple, so I went along with him. I stayed there a few days before and one day during Sesshin.

 If only I were focused enough to participate in all 7 days of Sesshin! Still, I remember the sweetness of the silence and the monks who dedicate their lives to practice.

Tangen Roshi was luminescent. He said that it is important for each one of us to know who we really are. He said this with such a smile, it made me cry.
What I saw while I was at Bukkokuji showed me what it is to be a monk. It still inspires me today.

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