Sunday, November 19, 2006

Prelude to Pain

Nov. 15, 2006

This day was spent relaxing. The students were also trying to assimilate all the stuff that Taniguchi taught as well. At 7 pm we all went to Kurahashi-sensei`s house where we all took a workshop on the piece, Kokuu which was always very relaxing and enjoyable as Kurahashi is a very warm and friendly person and also speaks good English which made everyone feel at ease.

Nov. 16, 2006

Today some of us are scheduled to spend the next few days at Tekishinjuku, International Zen Center, in Kameoka, on the outskirts of Kyoto. We met Randall at Kameoka Station at 1 pm then had an enjoyable lunch of Chanko Nabe (the stuff that sumo wrestlers eat). Randall just got out of a very enjoyable time at Hosenji Zen Center, and said he heard horror stories about Tekishinjuku from others at Hosenji, that it was very strict and hard. They proved to be correct.....

I kept and open mind as we arrived by taxi at Jotoku-ji, the main temple of Tekishinjuku............

To be continued...


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