The Story of Ikkyu

Ikkyu Sojun is one of the most famous zen priest. He was born in AD1394 at Kyoto. He was a imperial family, but his mother had left from imperial palace because of political struggle. I can …

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Zen and Pine tree

On January 3rd, I went to Shouinji(松蔭寺) temple. Shouinji is known as the temple where Hakuin Ekaku zenji(白隠 慧鶴 禅師) entered to the Buddhist priesthood. Hakuin zenji is famous for the restorer of Rin…

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The 6th day of Rohatsu zazen term

Every year, I can feel my zen feeling is getting deep in 5-6th day of Rohatsu term. Yesterday, one of the gentleman who sat the next to me received the hitting on the shoulder. At that time, the s…

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Punching to Emptiness

There are some of the people who seems very sorry around me. I am not holy man, nor wisdom man, of course, I am not so kind. Therefore, I don't pray for them, nor correct them. They can't under…

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The thought of Spider's Thread

Last night, when I was eating dinner with my family, a very tiny spider came down to the front of my son. My son let the spider go. Them, we talked about the story of The "Spider's Thread", by Ry&…

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Ear and Eye

Originally, ear can hear anything, but human ear is not. It hear at the silence. It doesn't hear on the front of somebody. Originally, eye can see anything, but human eye is not. It see …

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There is ego because ego think.

It is said that the difference between humankind and other animal is using tool and using language. But, recently, scientists clarified that also some of the other animal can use tools and som…

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Buddha and Demon

傀儡師 (かいらいし) 首に掛けたる (くびにかけたる) 人形箱 (にんぎょばこ) 仏出そうと (ほとけだそうと) 鬼を出そうと (おにをだそうと) 一休 宗純(いっきゅう そうじゅん) 【meaning】 The puppeteer can take out Buddha and demon from the puppet box wh…

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A Pine Tree

歳寒くして松柏の凋むに後るるを知る (としさむくしてしょうはくのしぼむにおくるるをしる) "When winter comes, the green of pine tree is recognized." This proverb is about the moderation. Pine tree is an evergreen tree. Usually, unlik…

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SEI GEN FU SHO (星呟風囁) -石(Stone)-

石の上にも三年(いしのうえにもさんねん) Even sitting on the stone for 3 years. This is a Japanese proverb. Direct meaning is; If you can continue to sit on the stone, you will feel pain, but the stone will be…

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Iroha-uta

In Japan, even more than 2 century ago, more than 50% general people could read and write the language. When the kids enter to school, they study kana syllabary first. Before modern era, Edo period,…

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Become the way / Observe the way

The person who is going to the way of art should aim to be the way itself. If you want to observe the way instead of to being the road, you must leave from it. But, leaving will be lost of the aim …

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Buddha is looking at Sakura

I had Zen discipline in the early morning of yesterday. Also, the cherry blossoms were blooming so beautifully. I just realized that that day was the birthday of Buddha. 花は桜木 人は武士 (一休 宗純) …

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About Sessho

殺生:(Sessho:Taking of life) This is natural phenomenon in Japan, called "Kagiroi" By the dictionary, the meaning of sessho is "The taking of life". But I listened to very interesting lecture f…

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About Zen disciples

For these several days, I made some remarks in the Zen group of facebook. To tell the truth, I am doubting about these my remarks by myself. Because, originally Zen is not built by the words. Even …

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About Kannon

Recently, I watch the outside landscape from office when the closing time of office hour. It is very beautiful sunset glow when the weather is fine. The neighborhood of the horizon is orange, but…

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東司のこと

東司というのは仏教寺院で言うところのトイレです。 今日は座禅会の先輩と共に寺の掃除をしました。 特に禅宗では東司も大事な伽藍の一つとして数えられます。 般若心経に曰く「不垢不浄」、世にはきれいも汚いもないと言うことです。 それを分からせるためにそうなったのかも知れません。 師は修業時代に肥だめに投げ込まれ、他の修行僧とそこで相撲を取らされたと語っていました。 先輩僧曰く「不垢不浄」な…

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"BUGEI" and "Martial arts" 2

To tell the truth, there are some other reasons why I always use the word "BUGEI" instead of "Martial arts". Generally, many martial artist said that the Kanji of "武" consist of "戈(spear)" and "止(…

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About Zen

I see many dictionary introduce Zen as "Zen meditation". But the purpose of Zen is not meditation. It seems many people misunderstand it. Zen is the part of Buddhism, but I can say Zen have more…

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