New 2nd Edition of Service Book (Gongyo)

 Now available from Amazon the newest edition of the standard service for Myosho-ji.  This is the format we follow for our regular Sunday services which are streamed live using Zoom.  Included in this new edition are extra prayers which you may find useful for various occasions in your daily life.  To those presented in the previous edition I’ve added even more.  Also I’ve introduced gathas and how you might use this type of Buddhist practice…

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Prison Chaplains in France

Today I had the most fruitful and beautiful conversation about chaplain work in France. The Lama I met with was so wonderful, curious, exciting, and dynamic of all the people I have spoken with. Our meeting was set for 1700 however because she was attending a funeral of the husband of her mother she asked if we could move the time to 1800. If course I agreed and even offered to hold our meeting next…

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Letter to a Student – written from Paris

Good morning A., Today is my last full day in Paris, tomorrow I fly back to the US. For me this has been a long trip, the longest time away from home since my graduation from the Shingyo Dojo in Japan in 2008 and the time I lived in Japan. I miss my bed, my food, and my schedule. The trip has been fruitful on many levels. In Paris I’ve seen many new sights. Each…

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The day and night went silently by

My objective while in France – to the French People To be honest I spent most of the day trying to be nice and trying to take advantage of the schedule of the conference. My body was not so cooperative and laid down numerous times to sleep for varying lengths of time with at time dubious results. The meals were sufficient for European preferences, sadly I didn’t have the same objective. Coming off of a…

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