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The theme of the Winter 2015 issue is the Practice of Compassion and features articles by Ekai Korematsu Osho and Jikishoan members. Read online now.

Next retreat: 19-29 August

Zen retreats are a wonderful opportunity to consolidate and deepen one’s practice.  The daily routine is structured around periods of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), oryoki (traditional meal practice), samu (work practice) and teisho (daily talks) by Ekai Osho. Personal interviews with Ekai Osho are also available. Click here for more information and to download the application form.


The Autumn edition of Myoju is now available.

In this issue: Harry Laing sits with a friend; Annie Bolitho on Enku, the monk who carved 100,000 Buddhas; Karen Threlfall considers the common ant and Tony Crivelli shares his experience of India.

Annual Picnic photo

The Annual Picnic was a lot of fun and a wonderful opportunity to catch up with members and friends.

Annual Sangha Picnic 2015

Myoju Summer 2014

The new edition of Myoju is now available online.

Practising with Beginner’s Mind

Ekai Osho answers student questions in this lively Chosan during last year’s Easter Bendoho Retreat. See the current edition of Myoju.


Bright Pearl (Ikka-no-Myoju)

Master Gensa Shibi said as an expression of the truth, ‘The whole universe in the ten directions is one bright pearl’.

One day a monk asked Master Gensa, ‘I have heard your words that the whole universe in the ten directions is one bright pearl. How should we understand this?’ The Master answered, ‘The whole universe in the ten directions is one bright pearl. What use is understanding?’. Later the Master asked the monk, ‘How do you understand this?’ the monk replied, ‘The whole universe in the ten directions is one bright pearl. What use is understanding?’ The Master said, ‘I see that you are struggling to get inside a demon’s cave in a black mountain…even surmising and worry is not different from the bright pearl. No action nor any thought has ever been caused by anything other than the bright pearl. Therefore, forward and backward steps in a demon’s black-mountain cave are just the one bright pearl itself.’—Dogen Zenji

* Myoju (bright pearl) is the name of Jikishoan’s quarterly newsletter.

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A Vision for the Twenty-first Century Sangha

Talk given by Ekai Osho Korematsu at the Tibetan Buddhist Society, Spring Festival, 10 November 2013

Buddha’s vision for life is based on his awakening. His awakening is not his personal awakening separate from the rest of the world. Real awakening is intimate, connected with the rest of the world. When you are awakened, the whole world appears. There’s no such thing as you awakened and the rest of the world asleep. So one person’s awakening is enough, actually. Buddha has awakened; at the same time the rest of the world appears in that vision. In that vision, what’s the rest of the world? Everything existing as it is; good and bad, right and wrong, without value judgment. Everything existing means that the very world we live in exists as it is without being affected by value judgments. As long as we are affected by value judgments and as long as we are tossed around by them, we have work to do. Buddha did exactly that.

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Formal and informal Zen meditation

Talk given by Ekai Osho Korematsu at Sunday Sanzenkai, June 23, 2013

Community practice is called Bendoho. My feeling  about it is that it is silo-buster practice for everyone.  Usually we come to practice with ideas ‘my practice’, ‘my comfort zone’, ‘my mind is calm and clear’—let’s bust it together and see what happens. That’s what you don’t have in the individualistic ‘me, me, me’ culture. That’s what you need, society needs, and your life needs. You need to understand that Zen meditation comes that way. If you approach meditation properly oriented, then it’s joy. Other people’s joy is your joy and your joy is shared with others without talking or speaking too much about it. It’s like after good chanting, with one voice, you feel good, uplifted. You feel good together with everyone. That kind of experience is experiencing with the spirit of Bendoho. That kind of culture is not here. You need it. That’s what I think. I may be wrong though!

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