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.
Dear Maezumi Roshi,
Twenty years ago in the month of azaleas,
You shed your skin and left us to teach in another sphere.
Right here, now,
As sure as our feet touch the earth —
We wander with you in the vast blue sky.
We meet in the steady heartbeat of Prajna Paramita
And in the fullness of sweet cantaloupe.
Today at the home temple, we bow in gratitude
To the Solitary Cloud who gave us life —
Who when pierced by lightening, had his bones transformed.
Life after life, birth after birth: never falter.
Do not let die the Wisdom seed
Of the Buddhas and Ancestors.
Truly! I implore you!
Founder’s Service May 16, 2015
--Wako Egyoku Angyo
“month of azaleas” - common Japanese expression for month of May
“left to teach in another sphere” - common expression upon death of a teacher
“sweet cantaloupe” - Maezumi Roshi’s favorite melon.
“Solitary Cloud” - Maezumi Roshi’s Dharma Name “Ko (solitary) Un (cloud)”
“… lightening.. transformed” - refers to the Great Death/Rebirth of spiritual transformation
“Life after Life….implore you” - lines from Maezumi Roshi’s Inka poem for Bernie Glassman.
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 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.