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.
SILENT BELLS RING THROUGHOUT GREAT DRAGON MOUNTAIN
WELCOMING ALL BEINGS WHO ENTER.
AUTUMN BREEZE, COOL CLEAR SKIES.
PERSIMMON AND POMEGRANATE BATHE IN THE WARMTH OF THE DHARMA.
HOW PRECIOUS THIS COMING TOGETHER.
DEAREST ANCESTORS, KALPAS COME AND GO AND STILL YOU SIT HERE BEFORE US.
HOW MYSTERIOUS, THIS EMPTINESS THAT CALLS US TO MEET WITH YOU ONCE MORE.
REALIZING THE ENTIRE SKY AND GREAT EARTH, AND MANIFESTING THE ONE BODY,
WE HUMBLY OFFER OUR DEEP GRATITUDE FOR YOUR GUIDANCE AND COMPASSION THROUGHOUT SPACE AND TIME.
SILENT – STILL – THE MIND RINGS AND ECHOES ACROSS BEGINNINGLESS TIME.
LIKE THE EMPTY SKY, IT HAS NO BOUNDARIES,
IT IS RIGHT HERE IN THIS PLACE, EVER PROFOUND AND CLEAR.
Sensei Shingetsu Guzy
October 12, 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.