Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Before I go ...

Priests-in-training returning from daily begging rounds, Soji-ji temple, Yokohama, Japan, 1998, by Michael

Some people walk on water
Some people walk on broken glass
Some just walk round and round in their dreams
And some just keep falling down ...

... And you? You're no one
And you? You're falling
And you? You're traveling
Traveling at the speed of light ...

--Laurie Anderson,
from "Ramon"


Patry Francis said...

Rest and be well! We all need a respite at times.

Michael said...

Thanks, Patry!

anu said...

:) welcome back M

g said...

Excellent image. I like the curve of the road to the right, the temple structure above, and the dashing figures. It truly looks like they are running, or at least hurrying back to their cloister.

On the content front, I can't imagine a culture or a life of spiritual begging. Although I may not have put that too clearly. I mean, in our country there is no holy place for begging in the streets. Passing the plate in church is like begging I guess, but it feels more like collecting dues.

Tamar said...

Ah - I can relate to both these posts. It's always important for me to know that other bloggers are standing by as I take my pauses - to heal - in whatever form it takes.

So ... I am right here. Even though I've been away a bit of late.

Take care.

Michael said...

Thanks, g. Takuhatsu (begging rounds) make for good photos.

Hi Tamar,
Thanks for bearing with me! I think I'll be up to posting this weekend.

Pierre Turlur said...


Glad you are back with us. I would like you to see these wonderful cherry blossoms at the foot of mount Fuji...Everyday I go to sit with a Shingon priest and friend in a remote very old Soto Zen temple that was built on top of a small mountain 1000 years ago, An Yo ji. Hakuin visited it as it was once a Rinzai temple. Huge trees surround the site, a clear stream and countless ageless statues give the visitor a warm and mossy welcome. The abbot is about my age and he sits diligently following the tradition of Sawaki Kodo. The Sodo is very peaceful and yet vibrant, alive. A dream of a place. More beautiful and touching than many temples I have seen. Very unpretentious.

I ll be soon in Kyoto being thrown bad words, backets of water and rubbish ( apparently some people take advantage of the fact that monks have to practice equanimity and express a lot of anger). Anyway, takuhatsu for an guy like me is the best thing to do. I don t know why though. A friend was asking what I was expecting to get/learn from takuhatsu practice. The only answer that came to me was "nothing".

Love to you, Michael, be well.

Michael said...

Hello Pierre,

It's great to hear from you! I'm glad you made it safely to Japan. Anyo-ji sounds like my kind of temple.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Shingon-mikkyo. I would say that next to Zen, its the Buddhist school I've studied most. I've been to Koya-san several times, where a friend of mine is a priest and teacher at Koya-san Daigaku.
I'll be sending my good thoughts and best wishes to you as my spiritual contribution to your takuhatsu.
Please keep in touch!

Matt Kohai said...

I've been enjoying your site silently thus far, but thought I'd say hi. I'm a friend of Kim's, got into blogging through her. Your travels... I'm quite envious.


Michael said...

Hi kohai-ny,

Thanks for stopping by, and also for the very kind words! Any friend of Kim's is a friend of mine!