Founders' Service Poem
Every month, on the Saturday closest to the 15th (Maezumi Roshi’s death day), we hold a Founders’ Service at ZCLA. During the service, the officiant reads a self-written poem in the Kaisando (Founders’ Room). On this page you will find poems read at a Founders’ Service.
DHARMA WORDS FOR ANNUAL DONORS MEMORIAL SERVICE
The ocean’s chop is fearsome – waves crash down from all sides.
From the right they rear up; from the left they crash down.
Down, down, down deeper we plunge. In the cold, dark stillness
the deep current is unmoved by the frantic to-and-fro.
Neither it is apart from it. What is it?
Dear Great Ancestor Baian Hakujun,
we honor you on this 39th anniversary of your passing.
Words alone cannot express our gratitude.
Dear Donors, our relatives all –
Fifty years ago, a seed was planted, and through your efforts it has been carefully nurtured.
Amidst evergreens and butterflies, the Great Dragon’s One Body functions continually.
Your generosity continues to support our buildings and grounds, continues to protect the Dharma.
Gratefully, we stand on your shoulders;
Humbly, we raise you up on our palms.
May we, too, realize our vows and someday gaze out beside you upon the Sangha Treasure.
“Mind is beyond measure. Things given are beyond measure.
In giving, mind transforms the gift, and the gift transforms mind.”
Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert
February 4, 2017
For poem read by Roshi Egyoku on Buddha's Birthday Celebration, April 10, 2016, click here.
For the poem by Roshi Egyoku read on May 16, 2015, click here.
For the poem by Roshi Egyoku read on March 14, 2015, click here.
For the poem by Sensei Shingetsu read on August 18, 2014, click here.
For the poem by Sensei Shingetsu read on June 14, 2014, click here.
For the poem by Sensei Shingetsu read on April 12, 2014, click here.
For the poem by Roshi Egyoku read on May 11, 2013, click here.
For the poem by Roshi Egyoku read for Parinirvana Day on February 11, 2012, click here.
For the poem by Sensei Daishin read on August 13, 2011, click here.
For the poem by Sensei Kodo read on May 7, 2011, click here.
For the poem by Sensei Shingetsu read on April 16, 2011, click here.