Zen training for the truth is not an easy task. One of the most difficult challenges is doubt. On a good day when we feel positive and our training flows along naturally life seems wonderful. We feel at one with our beliefs. Things are rosy, our burden it light. Our attitude is positive and cheerful. It easy to forget that life is suffering.
How ever every thing changes always one moment by one moment, and nothing is eternally one. Every thing moving. Nothing is permanent. All things come to pass. Soon enough our knees hart from too much meditation. Our back aches from bending over the weeds in the garden.
We are tired from too little sleep and we begin to feel lost and unsure.
We second guess our intentions. Is there really an absolute truth? Did
Buddha actually experience enlightenment under the bodhi tree when He saw the morning star?
This is how our training can ebb and flow. One day, bright and positive, the next dark and filled with insecurities.
How ever we are in luck, as it is not necessary to suffer in this fashion. Here at Gyokuryuji there is some one who has the some experience as the Buddha. Some one who understands about absolute and relative truth.
Shinzan Miyamae Roshi has been guiding his disciples along the path to their own understanding for most of his adult life.
Here at the temple the Zen training is very easy.
Roshi sets the example and all students have to do is follow along.
His positive cheerful attitude is the best teaching. A bright confident approach to life is the result of an enlightened mind.
Being happy and self assured is a wonderful way to teach the Dharma and Shinzan Roshi is the very best at it.
Whenever a question arises about Zen, Roshi is always willing to put aside his work to answer the concerns of the disciples.
No question is to small or unimportant. Each and every question receives an honest and heart felt response.
If the disciple is willing and earnest in their search for the truth the result is always a deepening of awareness.
And who knows perhaps, maybe we can get an enlightenment experience of our own.
Note; Gyokuryuuji is erected by great Zen master Bankei at Edo period.
Then Shinzan’s teaching style is according to Bankei’s easy understanding way. But his own training is perfectly Hakuin’s traditional Koan Zen. He takes each koan’s meaning and how to make student’s understanding well, by logically explaining about Zen.
Then if you come here, you can understand very well about each koan’s meaning.