Dear zen friend
1) July sesshin: from 07/17 to 07/18
The re-opening is slow. Also it is very hot in July. If joined us for two days, please enjoy quiet environment.
2) One day after weeding, my hands became red-yellow colored. Licked that color, it was bitter.
A few days later, the origin of red-yellow bitter color was found. It came from a weed, which is green with soft leaves and grows taller than 6 feet. It does not have pretty flowers, and grows everywhere like weed. When its stalk and stem are broken in hands, red-yellow liquid comes out.
Deer eat broccoli and pepper, do not eat garlic, onion, or tomatoe. They seem to know which plant is sweet. Bitter liquid is a protector, immunity from deer.
3) In June, email had irregular activities for 4 days. Several conversations randomly disappeared. I guess the disruption was caused by software updating. We do not live on a solid earth.
4) I am a frequent repeater to a fitness center, where wearing mask was required. The counter person said that not a single corona infected person ran in the gym since June last year. There must be healthy people there. I am not infected with corona virus, must have been lucky.
I play around with deer, birds, and fire flies in summer. This is a life like Ryokan san or Rev. Ananda Daiosho had. And I can concentrate on study of Buddha dharma. I am satisfied with this peaceful environments.
Yet there is demand for sitting practice together at zendo. This is a time and a place for a buddhist to communicate with people and take part in social activities. Normal life should be returned soon.