This is the period when we celebrate Vesak, the birth of our lineage ancestor, Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. At this time each year, dharma practitioners all over the world recall his life and his teaching.
How could we imagine our world without the arrival and presence of this person? Consider how many nations have built their identity on his life and teaching, how many people have set their live-course from his inspiration. No less than any other tradition, nation or Dharma practitioner, we in the Tendai family offer great bows and gassho for his life!
We mark the passing of one of our beloved sangha members. Kojun Janet Sciba passed away April 23rd, after a year and a half of treatments for a brain tumour. Kojun was a rare person, dedicated to the Dharma, especially her loving Kwan Yin. I had the honour of co-leading the memorial on May 9 and it was very moving to be part of the remembrances of her family.
We also mark the passing of Keisho V K Leary, the founder and abbot of the California Tendai Monastery in Cobb, California. I had the pleasure of meeting Keisho and completed several gyo-trainings with him. He was dedicated to promoting the esoteric practices of our tradition and created a goma-dan ( building for performing the goma or Fire Ceremony) on the precincts of the monastery. A huge loss to Tendai and Western dharma. There is a lovely memorial on the Tendai websites Shingi posting.
Yours in the Dharma,
om namo amida butsu