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Dharma in April, 2017

Dear Zen friend                                           1)  May sesshin   from 05/12 to 05/16 2)  This year almost all firewood for next winter have been obtained in April. This is the fastest job I have ever done. I had two big trees, which … Continue reading

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Dharma in March 2017, Spring Thaw 3

Dear Zen friend 1) April Sesshin    from 04/07 to 04/11 2) Spring Cleaning:  April; 29th (Sat.)   from 10 am to 3 pm.     Activities:  Zafu and Zabuton beating, Stove pipe cleaning, Firewood stacking, Inside and outside house cleaning.     If … Continue reading

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Dharma in February 2017 Spring Thaw 2

Dear Zen Friend 1)  March sesshin:      from 03/10 to 03/14. 2) It snowed 2 feet deep for two days in February. It had been wanted for long. The snow was extremely light, sweet, and beautiful. I shoveled it 2 times … Continue reading

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Dharma in January 2017, Spring Thaw (1)

Dear Zen Friend 1)  February sesshin:    from 02/10 to 02/14. 2)  In early spring, snow melts and maple sap runs. The sap tastes sweet. Spring brings heaven to earth year after year. All the snow melt quickly. Rivers are flooded … Continue reading

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Dharma in the Year of Bird, 2017

Dear zen friend 1)  January sesshin:     from 01/20  to 01/24 for five days. 2)  There will be a tour planned by Sotoshu for Baika festival from 05/21 to 05/24 in 2017.       It is scheduled to gather at Kyoto on … Continue reading

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Dharma in November 2016

Dear zen friend 1)  December sesshin:      from  12/10  to 12/12  for three days.      Year-end sesshin:          from   12/27  to 12/31  for five days. 2)  There will be a tour planned by Sotoshu for Baika festival from 05/21 to 05/24 … Continue reading

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Dharma in October 2016

Dear Zen friend 1)   November sesshin  :   from 11/11 to 11/15. 2)  It snowed 6 inches deep on Thursday 27th. Temperature has been low since. This is the earliest first snow for the wintry season in my memory. I enjoyed … Continue reading

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