Looking Out My Window – August 7, 2013 Meditation

buddhahonzonLooking out the window in the Hondo before the start of Shodaigyo tonight I saw a young woman walking down the hill. There is an apartment complex back in the direction she came from. A few minutes later I watched as she returns. This time she is carrying a large bag which I suspect was full of laundry; you see there is a laundromat in that direction. It then occurs to me that on her down hill journey she was alternately checking and clutching under arm a purse. As she is walking back uphill you can tell she is struggling, and it is a hot and muggy day; she even sets the bag down a couple of times to catch her breath, and reposition the burden. My thoughts are perhaps she was doing her laundry, didn’t have enough money to finish the drying, and needed to return home for more money.

I am acutely aware of the contrast of my luxury of now beginning sitting in meditation and the efforts just to live made by so many. With Gassho — at Myosho-ji Buddhist Temple

About Ryusho 龍昇

Nichiren Shu Buddhist priest. My home temple is Myosho-ji, Wonderful Voice Temple, in Charlotte, NC. You may visit the temple’s web page by going to http://www.myoshoji.org. I am also training at Carolinas Medical Center as a Chaplain intern. It is my hope that I eventually become a Board Certified Chaplain. Currently I am also taking healing touch classes leading to become a certified Healing Touch Practitioner. I do volunteer work with the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (you may learn more about them by following the link) caring for individuals who are HIV+ or who have AIDS/SIDA.
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2 Responses to Looking Out My Window – August 7, 2013 Meditation

  1. krisquigley says:

    Hi Ryusho,

    I recently just returned from my personal retreat in the mountains. The mountain is named after Avalokita and was very famous in ancient China. There are a few ‘temples’ left on the mountain but these are mostly just buddhist homes which are open to the public to pay respect to the buddha and give donations.

    I stayed a night in one of the temples and slept on a wooden board, there is no electricity or cell phone reception. Water is collected by the nearby spring and cooking is done in a wok over a fire which must be started for each meal by collecting nearby firewood. There are no baths or showers, on the adjacent peak there is a waterfall which one may fully bathe in if required.

    It was a fantastic experience and was amazing to see how much work one, a 71 year old man, had to do in order just to supply the body with enough food and water each day. No money was expected for providing me with food, water and shelter, however I did give them a donation.

    I shall be returning again in the future as it was so powerful in bringing me back down to earth.

  2. Hey Kris,

    Thank you for sharing your experience at the temple there in China. It sounds like a really inspiring place.

    Managing a temple, almost regardless of the location, is a difficult time consuming task. Even a simple temple such as our requires maintenance, cleaning, services performed, correspondence answered, publicizing, bills paid, and so on the list could go. I do a poor job keeping up with it all, especially the yard work during the summer. The heat and the bugs really get to me. But I try.

    Perhaps at some point you can share a photo or two. If you would like we could talk about you writing a guest post sharing your experiences.

    With Gassho,
    Ryusho

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