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Interview with Real Rover & walking around the hall, August 7th 2018

After the typhoon, July 29th 2018

After the typhoon, July 29th 2018

Around the hall, July 23rd 2018

Around the hall, July 23rd 2018

It’s low noon at Antaiji, July 14th 2018

“Sesshu’s World of Zen in Ink” rerun at www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/special/episode/201807150810/

Muho gives talk on the purpose of Zen practice, July 9th 2018

“Sesshu’s World of Zen in Ink” rerun at www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/special/episode/201807150810/

Walk around the hall & Japanese talk on Shobogenzo Zuimonki, July 5th & 6th 2018

Muho gives talk on Shobogenzo Gyoji, June 30th 2018

眞丹第二祖大祖正宗普覺大師は、神鬼ともに嚮慕す、道俗おなじく尊重せし高徳の師なり、曠達の士なり。伊洛に久居して群書を博覽す。くにのまれなりとするところ、人のあひがたきなり。法高徳重のゆゑに、神物倏見して、祖にかたりていふ、將欲受果、何滯此耶。大道匪遠、汝其南矣(將に受果を欲はば、何ぞ此に滯るや。大道遠きに匪ず、汝其れ南へゆくべし)。
あくる日、にはかに頭痛すること刺がごとし。其師洛陽龍門香山寶靜禪師、これを治せんとするときに、空中有聲曰、此乃換骨、非常痛也(空中に聲有りて曰く、此れ乃ち骨を換ふるなり、常の痛みに非ず)。
祖遂以見神事、白于師。師視其頂骨、即如五峰秀出矣。乃曰、神汝相吉祥、當有所證。汝南者、斯則少林寺達磨大士、必汝之師也(祖遂に見神の事を以て、師に白す、師その頂骨を視るに、即ち五峰の秀出せるが如し。乃ち曰く、汝が相、吉祥なり、當に所證有るべし。神の汝南へゆけといふは、斯れ則ち少林寺の達磨大士、必ず汝が師なり)。
この教をききて、祖すなはち少室峰に參ず。神はみづからの久遠修道の守道神。このとき窮臈寒天なり。十二月初九夜といふ。天大雨雪ならずとも、深山高峰の冬夜は、おもひやるに、人物の窓前に立地すべきにあらず。竹節なほ破す、おそれつべき時候なり。しかあるに、大雪匝地、埋山沒峰なり。破雪して道をもとむ、いくばくの嶮難なりとかせん。つひに祖室にとづくといへども、入室ゆるされず、顧眄せざるがごとし。この夜、ねぶらず、坐せず、やすむことなし。堅立不動にしてあくるをまつに、夜雪なさけなきがごとし。ややつもりて腰をうづむあひだ、おつるなみだ滴滴こほる。なみだをみるになみだをかさぬ、身をかへりみて身をかへりみる。
自惟すらく、
昔人求道、敲骨取髓、刺血濟饑。布髪淹泥、投崖飼虎。古尚若此、我又何人(昔の人、道を求むるに、骨を敲ちて髓を取り、血を刺して饑ゑたるを濟ふ。髪を布きて泥を淹ひ、崖に投げて虎に飼ふ。古尚此の若し、我又何人ぞ)。
かくのごとくおもふに、志氣いよいよ勵志あり。
いまいふ古尚若此、我又何人を、晩進もわすれざるべきなり。しばらくこれをわするるとき、永劫の沈溺あるなり。
かくのごとく自惟して、法をもとめ道をもとむる志氣のみかさなる。澡雪の操を操とせざるによりて、しかありけるなるべし。遲明のよるの消息、はからんとするに肝膽もくだけぬるがごとし。ただ身毛の寒怕せらるるのみなり。(http://www.shomonji.or.jp/soroku/genzou16b/index.html)

Our great Ancestor Eka, the Second Chinese Ancestor, was of lofty virtue.
He was a magnanimous and cultured person, adored by deities and daemons, both
of whom were drawn to him. He was esteemed alike by followers of the Way and
by the worldly. He resided for a long time between the rivers Ii and Lo, where he
read extensively on a wide variety of subjects. He was considered to be a person
rare in any country, one who is seldom encountered. Because of the loftiness of his Dharma and the dignity of his virtuous ways, a strange and wondrous being
suddenly appeared and said to him, “If you really desire to receive the fruits of
your endeavors, why do you tarry here? The Great Way is not far off. Just go to the
south.”
The following day, the Ancestor suddenly had a stabbing headache. His
teacher at the time, a teacher of meditation named Kōzan Hōjō of Dragon Gate
Mountain in Loyang, was about to treat his condition when a voice from out of the
blue said, “This is due to an altering of the skull and is not an ordinary headache.”
Our Ancestor then told his teacher about his encounter with the strange and
wondrous being. When the teacher looked at the top of Eka’s head, it was as if five peaks had blossomed forth, whereupon he said, “This feature of yours is an
auspicious sign, and you will surely have an awakening to the Truth. This
wondrous being’s telling you to go south is because Great Master Bodhidharma of
Shōrin-ji Temple is undoubtedly to be your Master.” Heeding these instructions,
our Ancestor Eka then left in order to train with Bodhidharma, who was residing
atop a remote mountain peak. As for the wondrous being, he […]

Walk around the hall, June 21st 2018