It's been a long time since I stopped blogging. After my mother's very sudden death in last August, I did not feel like to write a blog.
On June 22, I visited Yakushiji Temple Tokyo branch where I have a tea ceremony class succeeded from my mother , and attended the anniversary event of Takada Koin (1924-1998), former head priest of Yakushiji, who did raising funds to reconstruct Yakushiji temple complex through O-shakyo (making a handwritten copy of sutra), and devoted his life for people's salvation.
Otani Tetsujyo, a butler chief priest of Yakushiji, lead the event, and I could listen to his very precious speech. The most memorable words in his speach was : All people must be patient, and are frustrated for a long time. People are wielded by information, and missing to look back oneself. We should not blame others, and should not forget that people make the decisions by oneself and decide one's life by oneself. (Sorry for my poor explanations.)
Genjo Sanz, known as Sanzo-priest with Son-goku, faced death for many times on his journey from China to India in Taklamakan Desert and Tianshan Mountains. Even though he was know as a high priest in the Buddism history. He should have regretted why he had started such a difficult and hard journey. However, he never gave up, and finally succeeded with a spirit of "No return to East". Ultimately, people make a decision with one's will and cannot blame other people. The first word of HannyaShingyo (Heart Stura) was translated by him as Kan-ji-zai (Look at yourself). I always start my O-shakyo with Kan-ji-zai, and that common word became more meaningful for me.
By the way, Tetsujyo priest wrote Hyohaku; a speach for that anniversal event, but he did not add his name in the closing of his speach, because he is one of the people of Yakushiji-temple and he is learning and spreading the teaching of Budda with all other people. Budda had the same way of thinking. Still hard days of COVID-19 crisis are continuing, but I woudl like to consider these days as a good chance to learn Chanoyu deeply together with my students. Wishing good health and peace of mind of people all over the world !
Myoga (Japanese jinger) flower, found on the way back from Yakushiji Tokyo branch