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.
HERE ON DRAGON MOUNTAIN, UNDER A CLOUDY SKY
THE WARM LIGHT OF COMPASSION REACHES EVERYWHERE.
LEAVING NO PLACE UNILLUMINATED,
EMBRACING ALL EMPTINESS IN TRANQUILITY.
GOOD MORNING TREASURED ANCESTORS
STANDING BEFORE YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME
WE OFFER YOU OUR DEEPEST LOVE AND GRATITUDE.
WE LOVINGLY BOW TO YOU FOR YOUR STEADY GUIDANCE IN EACH AND EVERY MOMENT OF OUR LIVES.
DROPPING OF BODY AND MIND, WE VOW TO REALIZE AND PRACTICE THE BUDDHA WAY.
MOUNTAIN IS MOUNTAIN. CLOUD IS CLOUD.
FORM IS FORM. EMPTINESS IS EMPTINESS.
ALL THINGS, JUST AS THEY ARE,
ARE PURE AND CLEAR FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.
Sensei Shingetsu Guzy
June 15, 2013
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.