Ann’s talk about Mr Rogers ‘s famous saying,”I like you just the way you are…”
As we had many new students participated today, Ann talked about how to practice zazen.
Also she shared this chant.
Loving Kindness Chant
May I be filled with loving kindness
May I be whole
May I be free from anxiety and fear
May I be at peace
Also this picture of Kiku(Chrysanthemum) flower blooming which Rev Ito planted next to our zendo.
Ann talked about Suzuki Roshi‘s quote ““Each of you is perfect the way you are … and you can use a little improvement.”
Ann talked about 得牛（tokugyu) from Ten Bulls. Making a friend with bull…’
Ann talked about 見牛(kengyu) from Ten Bulls.
Here is the poem.
I hear the song of the nigtingale.
The sun is warm, the wind is mild,
willows are green along the shore-
Here no bull can hide!
What artist can draw that massive head,
those majestic horns?
Ann’s talk on Coming Home on the Ox’s Back. It was a time for the boy to explore…
Along the riverbank under the trees,
I discover footprints.
Even under fragrant grass,
I see his prints.
Deep in remote mountains they are found.
These traces can no more be hidden
than one’s nose, looking heavenward
Throughout their histories these schools have sought, through the practices of zazen, koan training, and samu, to awaken the practicer to the Buddha-nature inherent in all beings. In the Record of Linji, Master Linji says, “On your lump of red flesh is a true man without rank who is always going in and out of the face of every one of you. Those who have not yet proved him, look, look!” The basic stance of the Rinzai and Obaku schools is the self-realization of this “true man without rank.” This self-realization, called kensho 見性, is regarded as the essence of Shakyamuni’s teaching, and has been passed from generation to generation in Zen, like, as the Zen expression has it, “water poured from one container to the next.”