Because of another approaching typhoon, it has been raining a lot the last couple of days.
Fortunately, most of the rain this year fell on sesshin or free days. In the past, we had years when the sun shone in the blue sky during sesshin, and when we went to work in the fields it would rain. This year’s pattern makes work much easier.
Today, on the 25th, was also sesshin.
After the last period of zazen ends, everyone prostrates together. Afterwards, people leave the hall to go to the kitchen and thank the cook. As the last one, the jikido puts out the candles, closes the doors and then hurries after the others.