The Heart of the Matter Early this morning I was recalling Thict Nhat Hanh's English interpretation of the Heart Sutra and its place in my Bodhi Day ceremony last year. In particular, the phrase "... while practicing deeply with the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore ...", strikes a profound chord within me. I envision … Continue reading The Other Shore
Mrs. Hanamoku, His Holiness The Eternal Fishnu, His Holiness The Rubber Ducky Buddha of Joliet, and I attended a very nice Obon Festival last night. We had a (actually more than "a") bento with musubi, nasubi, inari, tomagoyaki, shoyu chicken! Wonderful! The Eternal Fishnu blessed the event with the largest turnout ever in the event's … Continue reading Obutsudan
I once asked the Etnernal Fishnu, "Do you have any enemies?" EF: By your definition, yes, I do. But 'enemy' is a concept with meaning only in your fragmented view of the Universe. Me: Oooo, Oooo, Is he Lucifer, Satan ... Beezlebub?! No! Mara! EF: I know him as Master Pi Lau. Me: 'Pie-Lau'? Is … Continue reading What are Enemies?
The Miner's Lettuce is going to seed and will soon be gone. I told Fishnu about how the miner's of the California Gold Rush would suffer from Vitamin C deficiency over the Sierra winters, until this very edible plant, high in Vitamin C, sprouts up in the very early Spring, curing their scurvy. The funny … Continue reading Predictive Models
As I did some yard work earlier this Spring, I happened upon my friend, the Eternal Fishnu. He thanked me for planting these tulips for him to sit under. I mentioned how fleeting it is, in fact how fleeting life is. Oh oh, I should have just shut up, because here goes Fishnu: "Are the … Continue reading How Many More Springs Would You Like?
I had not seen either Rubber Ducky Buddha of Joliet or Fishnu since after Bodhi Day in December 2017. On that Bodhi Day I was ordained a Zen priest by Rubber Ducky and given the name, Dukkha Hanamoku. It was my understanding that I would never see them again in this life. So I was … Continue reading The Empty Cup Trail
On the outing for today, Rubber Ducky decided to stay at the cabin. I thought he just needed some meditation time. But today is the day I would meet his teacher, the teacher of my teacher, the Eternal Fishnu. The Eternal Fishnu is the manifestation of Vishnu, one of the principal Hindu deities, during what … Continue reading The Day I Met the Eternal Fishnu