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.
ON THIS COOL JANUARY MORNING
BUSSHINJI’S TEMPLE GATE OPENS WIDE,
INVITING ALL BEINGS TO WALK FREELY THROUGHOUT THE PURE LAND.
THE SANGHA TREASURE HAS GATHERED HERE TODAY TO HONOR YOU, DEAR ANCESTORS.
THE MANY FLAVORS, JUST ONE TASTE.
THE MYRIAD MELODIES, JUST ONE SONG.
WE SINCERELY EXPRESS OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO YOU WHO CONTINUE TO MANIFEST THIS ONE GREAT BODY.
WHO LOVINGLY ENCOURAGE US TO KNOW THE SELF, MAINTAIN THE PRECEPTS, AND TO SERVE OTHERS.
IT IS A RARE THING INDEED TO BE BORN A HUMAN BEING,
MAY YOU ALWAYS GUIDE US AND REMIND US TO APPRECIATE EACH BREATH
AS THOUGH IT WERE OUR LAST.
TO SEE A WORLD IN A GRAIN OF SAND.
AND A HEAVEN IN A WILD FLOWER.
HOLD INFINITY IN THE PALM OF ONE’S HAND
AND ETERNITY IN AN HOUR.
Sensei Shingetsu Guzy
January 11, 2014
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.