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View of Antaiji’s fields in the summer, August 11th 2019

View of Antaiji’s fields in the summer & around the hall, August 2nd & 4th 2019

Around the hall, July 30th 2019

Rutenkai, July 28th 2019

Net or drop – which came first? July 19th 2019

Is “every” day a fine day? Give me a break! There is only ONE day that is a fine day: youtu.be/jV7yF2ukMHM
Playlist “Who am I?”: youtu.be/list=PLHc3lR360zoxqFJPgPNlIu9joSQURaayM
Playlist “God & Zen”: youtu.be/list=PLHc3lR360zoxOmXFbOizc4NVpxudrpPp9

Net or drop – which came first? July 19th 2019

Is “every” day a fine day? Give me a break! There is only ONE day that is a fine day: youtu.be/jV7yF2ukMHM
Playlist “Who am I?”: youtu.be/list=PLHc3lR360zoxqFJPgPNlIu9joSQURaayM
Playlist “God & Zen”: youtu.be/list=PLHc3lR360zoxOmXFbOizc4NVpxudrpPp9

“Zazen is the only thing that is good for anything!” – English talk (with some Japanese) during the summer retreat & Antaiji’s kitchen, July 9th & 10th 2019

Muho talks about the meaning of life, quitting the game, monkhood & practice in daily life, what it takes to be an adult, dealing with pain & suffering, dying on the cushion, teaching those who do not want to hear about Buddhism, making others happy, rebirth, mystical powers, compassion and the here and now.

Around the hall, July 7th 2019

Talk on the Gyoji chapter of Dogen’s Shobogenzo (Japanese & English), June 30th 2019

Our Ancestor Dōkai of Mount Fuyō manifested a pure wellspring of ceaseless practice. When the ruler of the nation tried to bestow upon him the title of Meditation Master Jōshō along with a purple kesa, our Ancestor would not accept them and wrote a letter to the emperor politely declining his offer. Although the ruler of the nation censured him for this, the Master, to the end, did not accept them. His rice broth has passed down to us the taste of the Dharma. When he built his hermitage on Mount Fuyō, the monks and laity streamed to his refuge by the hundreds. Because he served them only one bowl of gruel as a day’s rations, many of them left. The Master, upon a vow, did not partake of any meals offered by donors. One day he pointed out the Matter to his assembly, saying the following:
To begin with, those who have left home behind to become monks have a distaste for the dust and troubles stirred up by defiling passions and seek to rise above birth and death. And they do so in order to give their hearts and minds a rest, to abandon discriminatory thinking, and to eradicate entanglements, which is why it is called ‘leaving home’. So, how can it possibly be all right for monks to indulge in conventional ways of living by being neglectful and greedy?
Straight off, you should discard all dualistic notions and let neutral ones drop off as well. Then, whenever you encounter any sights or sounds, it will be as if you were trying to plant a flower atop a stone, and whenever you encounter gain or fame, it will resemble […]

Around the hall, June 27th 2019