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.
The precious sacred ground covering Great Dragon Mountain
Reaches high into the vast, empty sky.
Sweet dew from the Dharma rain
Gently caresses all who enter here.
Good morning dearest Ancestors.
How blessed we are to meet with you once again.
Each one of us is here due to your unceasing practice and loving kindness.
Like old friends in the Way, we open our hearts to welcome you.
Your Great Silence shatters the clouds of darkness
And awakens in us such deep gratitude for your teachings.
May you continue to illuminate the whole universe and bring all beings to great joy.
Delusion need not be removed.
Truth need not be sought after.
The Reality of Ignorance is at once Buddha Nature,
The Illusory Form is at once the Dharma Body.
Sensei Shingetsu Guzy
June 14, 2014
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.