Antaiji is a Zen monastery that commits itself to the practice of zazen and the study of the Buddha’s teaching, while cultivating the fields around the temple, cutting grass and trees and doing construction work to keep the community self-sufficient. Here at Antaiji, Zen is practiced without any additions or modifications. This means that Zazen is practiced solely for the purpose of Zazen. Zazen will not get you anywhere. Zazen without gain, Zazen which is one with enlightenment, is what is put into practice here.
We had quite a good number of new arrivals yesterday. Twenty of them, and feathered.
They are retired hens from a chicken battery close buy, whom we buy for a price of 30 yen per hen. They will spend the rest of their days in the new chicken shed and the connecting palying ground, hopefully laying an egg from time to time to contribute to our diet.
Also, Antaiji was featured in a magazine called pen, representing Buddhism just behind the Dalai Lama. Too bad we did not make the first spot:
And for all of you who are in Japan right now, Muho will be leading zazen classes at the Truenature Yoga event in Karuizawa on the weekend (May 23rd and 24th):