By practicing the precepts, we can renew the awakened state in all aspects of our lives. Our practice invites us to put selfishness aside and to value others with respect, cooperation and kindness.
To practice Buddhism is to deeply respect all forms of life, ours and that of all existences.
Living in a monastery does not mean being cut off from the world. In Kanshoji, over the years, links have been forged with the local population…
The sangha, one of the three treasures of Buddhism, includes dojos connected to the monastery and practitioners from many countries. It communicates with the sangha of European and international Buddhism, until it merges into the great sangha that actually includes all of humanity.
Through the media and social networks, we wish to communicate with as many people as possible, to make the teaching and values of Buddhism known to all, especially to young people in search of the absolute who are seeking an authentic spiritual path.
Kanshoji is a monastery where equality is a constant concern, whatever our differences in gender, sex, nationality, race… No function is reserved for a particular gender. No matter how everyone defines themselves, the most important thing is to see themselves and others with their Buddha eye, an eye of understanding and kindness.
Master Deshimaru said: « The disciples must harmonize themselves deeply like milk and honey, and thus create a beautiful and strong atmosphere. In the monastery, you meet spiritual friends worthy of respect; all together you practice precious zazen. Also, you must never forget their good influence, eternal, more important than that of the family […] In friendships that are formed, a strict sexual morality must be observed. »
The practice of Buddhism must be accessible to all. Those who can afford it are encouraged to give to those who can’t. Those who recognize the value of Buddhism willingly give to those who need it to enable them to practice.
In addition to this form of gift, everyone always has something to offer: time, skills, joie de vivre… Giving without a mind of personal profit is an essential practice in Buddhism.
The future of humanity depends on our readiness to give, to share: to give with all our heart, to receive with gratitude.