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Antaiji in the 1990s

A movie from 1998 (re-edited):

The original version of this film by Sten Barnekow and Martin Persson can be found here:
stenbarnekow.se/film.html

And pictures by Sten from three years before that: Antaiji 1995

Antaiji in the 1990s and around the hall, November 19th 2017

A movie from 1998 (re-edited):

Original version of this film by Sten Barnekow and Martin Persson:
stenbarnekow.se/film.html

And pictures by Sten from three years before that: Antaiji 1995

Around the hall on a chilly November day in 2017:

Autumn work around the monastery, November 10th 2017

Muho walking around the hall in the autumn sun, talking about the weather and “Zen for nothing” on Arte TV, November 6th 2017

“Zen for nothing” will be on Arte TV at 24:15 today on November 6th (central European time) and viewable online after that for three months:
arte.tv/de/videos/050297-000-A/zen-for-nothing

Muho walking around the hall in the autumn sun, talking about the weather and “Zen for nothing” on Arte TV, November 6th 2017

“Zen for nothing” will be on Arte TV at 24:15 today on November 6th (central European time) and viewable online after that for three months:
arte.tv/de/videos/050297-000-A/zen-for-nothing

Walking around the hall in the autumn sun, past the harvested rice fields and around the Chinese cabbage, daikon and carrot field, October 26th 2017

After a lot of rain recently, the sun is there again! We used the opportunity to dry the freshly harvested rice, Azuki beans and some futons.
In the afternoon, the abbot takes a stroll past the harvested rice fields and around the Chinese cabbage, daikon and carrot field:

Muho gives Japanese talk on Gakudo-yojinshu, October 20th 2017

Fumon’s last dharma talk (Japanese/English), October 14th 2017

Text:

Dogen instructed,
In the ocean, there is a place called the Dragon-Gate, where vast waves rise incessantly. Without fail, all fish once having passed through this place become dragons. Thus, the place is called the Dragon-Gate.
The vast waves there are not different from those in any other place, and the water is also ordinary salt water. Despite that, mysteriously enough, when fish cross that place, they all become dragons. Their scales do not change and their bodies stay the same; however, they suddenly become dragons.
The way of Zen monks is also like this. Although it is not a special place, if you enter a sorin (monastery), without fail you will become a buddha or a patriarch. You eat meals and wear clothes as usual; thus you stave off hunger and keep off the cold just the same as other people do. Still, if you shave your head, put on a kesa, and eat gruel for breakfast and rice for lunch, you will immediately become a Zen monk. Do not seek afar to become a buddha or a patriarch. Becoming one who either passes through the Dragon Gate or not depends only on entering a sorin (monastery), just the same as the fish.
There is a saying in the secular world, “I sell gold, but no one will buy it.” The Way of the buddhas and patriarchs is also like this. It is not that they begrudge the Way; even though it is always being offered, no one will accept it. To attain the Way does not depend on whether you are inherently sharp or dull witted. Each one of us can be aware of the dharma. Slowness or quickness in attaining […]

Around the hall in the autumn rain, October 6th 2017

The third and last rice field is harvested, the rice of the second field threshed, September 27th 2017