This video shows a snippet of the life at Sogenji Rinzai Zen Monastery in Okayama, Japan. It is an unfinished NHK (Japanese Television Station) program, so the editing is not ideal. It shows a lot of life there, with informal meals, a sense of the work, some footage of the beautiful temple. It also gives a flavor of Shodo Harada Roshi around maybe 2005 or 2006. Some really really good friends in this video, and at least one person who is no longer with us. The video also shows me getting ordained at about twenty six minutes. I hope you find it interesting to see a small peek into what the heck we were doing in Japan for all of that time.
I wish it would have showed more varied sanzens (at about 5 minutes) as the two shown are very normal, but of a certain pyrotechnic style. For instance, I remember that day, and the answer to a koan that day for me was to just quietly fall down… Also, it would have been nice to get some interviews, but as I said, the editing was never finished.
As a friend said, this is “So familiar and yet another lifetime away.”
Enjoy! Thanks for watching!
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