October 13, 2010 by Yugen
Tomorrow we have Maezumi Roshi's monthly memorial service which we will do in the Buddha Hall. This involves a gakki (which according to Google is a 'Memorial service for important teacher in the lineage'. I was not sure about the definition, but this sounds about right.) This is not something we do often as we normally go up to the memorial site followed by the well site and offer incense, sweet water, tea and flowers to Maezumi Roshi and Doun Roshi (the honorary founder of Yokoji) along with the Maka Hanya Haramita Shingyo (Japanese Heart Sutra) for Mazeumi Roshi and the Identity of Relative and Absolute for Doun Roshi and then the Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani (which is a chant to avert calamity!) for the water supply at the well. But tomorrow we are going to do a formal gakki in the Buddha Hall. Which means we've got to practice as it is complicated and most of the people with service positions have never participated in or witnessed this type of service. I don't know it very well, the current Ino doesn't know it either, so I'm hoping Brother Suiryu has good recall. It is very good practice to do these formal ceremonies, though. Hardcore mindfulness training!
One of our sangha members, Jordan, has been coming up for the past few months and filming Roshi's talks. He has just released the first talk and it has been posted to the website. Normally the talks will include the questions and answers, but for technical reasons, they are not included with this first talk. A new talk will be released on a regular basis from now on (God and Jordan willing) and every week a new clip will be put on youTube for those who prefer an episodic structure. Please visit the Yokoji Media Center to watch the talk and enjoy in the high quality, Hi-Def vision that Jordan has presented for us!