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       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 BODHI DAY 2015

At dawn, the crescent moon, the morning star

Shine in the vast blue sky above.

Great Honored One Shakyamuni Buddha,

After a long struggle, you sat on a nest of kusa grass

on the cold plains of Gaya and become one

with the Morning Star.

“Wonder of wonders!” you exclaimed.

“The Great Earth, all beings,

and I are all together Awake!”

Here! Now!

Each of us living this reality as One Single Being.

The whole universe is a shining morning star.

We are Thus:

Great Hearts resolute as diamond,

serving all beings everywhere.

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee….

A splendid branch issues from the old plum tree.

And yet, so many suffering beings appear everywhere.

— Egyoku

December 8, 2015

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 Sensei Shingetsu read on January 11, 2014, click here.

For the poem by Sensei Shingetsu read on September 21, 2013, click here.

For the poem by Sensei Shingetsu read on July 13, 2013, click here.

For the poem by Sensei Shingetsu read on June 15, 2013, click here.

For the poem by Roshi Egyoku read on May 11, 2013, click here.

For the poem by Sensei Shingetsu read on Februaru 16, 2013, click here.

For Parinirvana poem by Sensei Shingetsu read on Februaru 9, 2013, click here.

For the poem by Sensei Shingetsu read on May 12, 2012, click here.

For the poem by Sensei Shingetsu read on March 17, 2012, click here.

For the poem by Sensei Shingetsu read on February 18, 2012, 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.


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