I vow with all beings, from this life on throughout countless lives, to hear the True Dharma; that upon hearing it, no doubt will arise in me, nor will I lack in faith.
Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon
– Zen Master Dogen’s Vow
Welcome to the December 2021 issue of Myoju magazine, the final in our series on the theme of Listening, with a focus on Vow.
The Dharma talk featured in this issue is taken from a Teisho given by Ekai Osho during retreat #68 which ended in late November. In his Teisho, Ekai Osho looks at the teaching of the Maha Prajna Paramita Sutra; the cultivation of Prajna or Wisdom as a balance point to which we continually return.
Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton, author, translator and the Guiding Teacher at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago, Illinois, has generously permitted us to publish an edited excerpt of his interview with Carving the Divine: What is Soto Zen? “Zen is about embodying and expressing Buddha in our body, in our lives, in our everyday activity. We learn this deep communion with Buddha-reality through Zen meditation, zazen, and then we work on how to express this in our everyday activity.”
After two years of online retreat practice, residential retreats will re-commence in April 2022. The Adekate Conference Centre has for many years been home to Jikishoan’s residential retreats. Planning is underway to demolish the Adekate site and rebuild a new facility.
Demolition begins in January. As we will not be visiting Adekate for the foreseeable future, our centre pages are dedicated to remembering our time there. The new retreat venue will be the Casa Pallotti Retreat Centre in Warburton, just outside Melbourne.
My thanks go out to everyone who has submitted work to Myoju throughout the year, and to the production team.
It is only with your support and commitment that Myoju can continue.
Margaret Kokyu Lynch — Coordinator
On behalf of Ekai Korematsu Osho — Editor