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March edition of Myoju out now

The theme of this edition of Myoju is “Beginning: Discovery”.


Welcome to the Autumn 2020 edition of Myoju magazine. As we go to press, we are facing a new reality. Communal life and society as we know it is changing and will continue to change in ways that we cannot foresee. Faced with the threat of COVID-19, Ekai Osho and the Committee of Management have responded with a suspension to communal activities. We hope that everybody is coping with greater physical separation.

Ekai Osho’s theme for this year is ‘Beginning’, with ‘Discovery’ as the focus leading up to the equinox. Whether we are just starting out on the path of practice or have been practicing for many years, what is it to come back to the beginning, to rediscover? 

In Ekai Osho’s Dharma talk, ‘The Goal of Buddhism’ he emphasises the importance of setting a clear goal, putting it into practice, and recognising and facing the challenges as they arise. This is our dynamic nature. 

Teishin Shona Innes in her Sunday Sanzenkai talk ‘Begin at the Beginning’ reminds us that our practice is one of ‘…coming back to the beginning. It’s not a true beginning unless there is a sense of purity there, purity meaning nothing extra’.

Last year’s commemoration of Rohatsu, Buddha’s enlightenment, on 8 December coincided with Ekai Osho offering a precepts ceremony for three Jikishoan members; Sally Donen Wain, Helen Shoko O’Shea and Caleb Taizen Mortenson. In December and January wild bushfires raged throughout eastern Australia. Some of Jikishoan’s members were directly affected, as fires threatened their homes and properties. In ‘Waiting for the Fire’ Harry Laing describes watching and waiting as the fire approached his home. Thank you to Ekai Osho for his direction in this ever changing reality.

Margaret Kokyo Lynch, Coordinator
On behalf of Ekai Korematsu Osho – Editor

Postponement of events and programs

Due to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone our events and programs. Please see our message on our Welcome page.

No Sanzenkai

Due to the Annual Sangha Picnic, Sanzenkai will not be held on Sunday March 8, 2020. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Next One Day Workshop

One Day Workshops provide a wonderful opportunity to learn the forms of zen practice. Join us for our next Workshop on April 5, 2020 from 9am to 4pm. Read more.

2020 Integrated Buddhist Studies

The 2020 IBS Main Course Outline is now available online. The Outline includes information on all of our courses for next year. Online enrolments are now available.

Myoju, July 2019

Welcome to this special winter edition of Myoju, in
which we highlight Jikishoan’s recent 20th Anniversary
celebrations. The Community welcomed many
distinguished guests, reverends and friends from Australia
and overseas to participate in the week long program. Our
theme for this issue is `Impermanence and Practice’, and it
was joyful indeed to witness so many strands of our lineage
working together with the Jikishoan community, supported
by Melbourne’s Vietnamese Buddhist community, to
produce the events and ceremonies that took place.

The Four Bodhisattva Wisdoms

Each Friday in July from 7.30pm, at Evam Institute

The four activities of a Bodhisattva are also known as the four wisdoms – Giving, Kind Speech, Kind Actions and Empathy for all sentient beings – the four ways Buddhas conduct themselves.

Our aspiration to practise the Buddha way, has benefits for both ourselves and others. In looking after yourself, you are also taking care of all sentient beings. Regardless of ones own condition – you are also caring for all beings by engaging in these practices. Therefore we must give without looking for reward or acknowledgment. Not having desire for reward or expectations is in itself giving to others.

Over four Friday’s in July, Ekai Korematsu Roshi will discuss how one can practise these four wisdoms in everyday life with reference to chapter 46 of Zen Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo, entitled ‘Bodaisatta Shishobo’ (On the Four Exemplary Acts of a Bodhisattva). Copies of the text will be provided.

Bookings and enquiries can be made by contacting us on the button below or phoning the E-Vam office on (03) 9387 0422 during opening hours.

Myoju March 2019

The theme of this issue is Impermanence as Possibility.

Inside this issue:

Three minds of Zen by Ekai Korematsu Osho; What Mushrooms Can Teach Us by James Watt; What’s Missing by Jay Strauss; Sangha Dana in the Word of Impermanence by Shona Innes; Guinea Pig Zen by Michael Colton; Moving to Hobart by Ann Alexander; Concrete Buddha by BUDDHA Peter Schreiner; A Morning of Unexpectation by Lachlan McNeish; Shogoin News by Shudo Hannah Sensei; and Soto Kitchen by Karen Threlfall.

Myoju, December 2018

The last edition for 2018 is available on our Myoju page.

In his dharma talk in this issue, Ekai Osho uses a beautiful
metaphor of weaving to describe our way, as a dynamic
interplay between monastic and lay practice. As the weft,
we weave our lives around the verticality and strength of
the lineage – the warp – in a dynamic and endless return
to source. The cloth that we make is the community of
Jikishoan, one that we hope is both ‘pretty and useful’, to
us and all those we serve.

Jessica Zuiho Cummins

Myoju, September 2018

The September 2018 edition of Myoju is out now.  In this edition:

  • You need a pot to grow a seed, by Ekai Korematsu Osho.
  • Zendo practice, formal practice, by Teishin Shona Innes.
  • Jikido facing out, by Tony Crivelli.
  • Sangha news: Ordination at Toshoji; Shogoin Naming; Searching for the moon; Jikishoan Funeral Guidelines and Sutra book burning.