Muho teaches “Beginner’s Zen” in Karuizawa, while three of the residents in Antaiji participate in a marathon in Hamasaka, dthe small coastal town not far from the monastery.
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):
Yesterday, we finished planting the third and last rice field just before an early typhoon passed by.
Today the weather is fine again, and we are pushing the “tagurama”, old-fashioned tools to remove weeds in an organic way, in the first rice field.
And tomorrow will be the first day of “oo-bousan”, the annual three-day holiday we have after the rice planting.