There have been events in my life that I wouldn’t have missed for the world. Events that command the heart and consciousness to open up to the beauty of things and to circumstances. What is needed to enjoy its taste and fragrance is to open your heart, your eyes, to look, feel and accept to participate fully without having to worry about yourself.
I remain amazed by Man’s ability to set up an event, the primary meaning of which is simply human: to receive to give and to give to receive
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Receive the precepts and transmit them. This is how the Way is actualized in the ceremonies of Ojukai.
A collective will has made it possible to concretize this spiritual aspiration of selfless sincerity. That of the Kanshoji sangha, solid, welcoming and benevolent, who knew how to be present without being burdensome despite the difficulties of welcoming, logistics, complex rituals and delicate stewardship. Tribute is paid to this sangha who sets an example.
Gratitude towards the masters who offered their strength and energy to the realization of the Ojukai and validated it by their presence:
Minamizawa roshi, to whom I am deeply grateful for having accepted coming to France at an advanced age, despite the difficulties of the journey and fatigue. It is also for having spent three months in his Chûôji temple under his benevolent gaze that I renew my deep respect for him.
Taiun Jean-Pierre Faure who has devoted himself to harmonizing both Japanese and European energies and has shown himself to be a considerate and smiling host despite the fatigue and constant pressure of ten thousand things. This shows that the size of the objective makes it possible to surpass oneself without forgetting others. Like a gift whose value is not yet measured, but which cannot be forgotten because it touches our hearts.
To all the other representatives of sangha, masters and teachers, Americans, Japanese, Europeans, who by their presence supervised the kaitei and endorsed their collective commitment. Everything has been imbued with a collaboration and a conviviality that only the generosity and the invaluable dimension of such an encounter can provide.
I left a little sad that it was already over but happy to keep in mind the scent of ceremonies, the flavour of spontaneous encounters, the beauty of faces filled with sincerity and emotion; the pleasure of meeting old acquaintances again, of having tasted together such delicious bentos. Even the fatigue of nights that were too short did not disturb the feeling of being in the right place in a sangha totally oriented towards the Dharma. Even small snags and last-minute catches gave sparkle to this exceptional and historic celebration.
Thank you to all the members of the Kanshoji sangha.