The Lost Nishijima Roshi Interview: My Childhood

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39211

    The Lost Nishijima Roshi Interview: My Childhood


    Dear All,

    Especially for those who might be interested in the personal story of my Teacher, Nishijima Roshi, I found this interview recording which I had conducted with him, but which was misplaced and just rediscovered. In it, he discusses his childhood, introduction to Zazen, and his experience and attitude toward WWII and war in general.

    I miss him very much. Last January was the 10th anniversary of his passing.


    Gassho, Jundo

    stlah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Antonio
    Member
    • Mar 2024
    • 45

    #2
    I really appreciate to have the opportunity to watch this interview! thanks sensei!
    Antonio

    "To study the Buddha Way is to study the self; to study the self is to forget the self; to forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the body and mind of others drop away. No trace of realization remains and this no trace continues endlessly" - Dogen Zenji

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    • Byokan
      Treeleaf Unsui
      • Apr 2014
      • 4279

      #3
      Oh my gosh. Too wonderful! Deep bows to our Dharma Grandpa

      Thank you Jundo!

      Gassho
      Byōkan
      sat + lah
      展道 渺寛 Tendō Byōkan
      Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

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      • Myojin
        Member
        • Feb 2023
        • 233

        #4
        Thanks Jundo, this will definitely be of interest. It’s always nice finding lost treasure, particularly when it pertains to our teachers.

        Gassho
        Myojin

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        • Kotei
          Treeleaf Unsui
          • Mar 2015
          • 3924

          #5
          Thank you Jundo.
          Wonderful to meet Nishijima roshi in this way.

          Gassho,
          Kotei sat/lah today,.

          義道 冴庭 / Gidō Kotei.
          Being a novice priest doesn't mean my writing about the Dharma is more substantial than yours. Actually, it might well be the other way round.

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          • Bion
            Treeleaf Unsui
            • Aug 2020
            • 3716

            #6
            Absolutely loved it. I relate very much to Nishijima Roshi’s path to Zen, that wasn’t created by tragedy or deep suffering. I also appreciate his focus on balance and practice rather than tackling heavy philosophical questions.
            Thank you for sharing this! What a valuable piece of history for us

            Gassho
            Sat and lah
            "Stepping back with open hands, is thoroughly comprehending life and death. Immediately you can sparkle and respond to the world." - Hongzhi

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            • Seijin
              Member
              • Nov 2023
              • 77

              #7
              Judo san
              Thank you so much for sharing. Love his words his smile and manners.
              Gassho Sei
              Sat/lah

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              • Kakunen

                #8
                Originally posted by Jundo

                Dear All,

                Especially for those who might be interested in the personal story of my Teacher, Nishijima Roshi, I found this interview recording which I had conducted with him, but which was misplaced and just rediscovered. In it, he discusses his childhood, introduction to Zazen, and his experience and attitude toward WWII and war in general.

                I miss him very much. Last January was the 10th anniversary of his passing.


                Gassho, Jundo

                stlah
                Jundo

                Thank you for sharing about Nishijima-Roshi.

                I also share about my teacher.He was only teacher at 1st temple Eihei-ji.

                Everybody believe their teacher,I think.



                Teacher is like father,this is my opinion.

                Respect each other.

                Thank you Jundo and Treeleafer.

                Keep on practicing together.

                Gassho
                Sat today
                LAH
                kakunen
                Last edited by Guest; 04-15-2024, 04:22 AM.

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                • Kakunen

                  #9
                  Jundo

                  Thank you for sharing about Nishijima-Roshi.

                  I also share about my teacher.He was only teacher at 1st temple Eihei-ji.

                  Everybody believe their teacher,I think.



                  Teacher is like father,this is my opinion.

                  Respect each other.

                  Thank you Jundo and Treeleafer.

                  Keep on practicing together.

                  Gassho
                  Sat today
                  LAH
                  kakunen[/QUOTE]

                  My teacher with my son.



                  Gassho
                  Sat today
                  LAH
                  Kakunen
                  Last edited by Guest; 04-15-2024, 04:54 AM.

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                  • Jundo
                    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                    • Apr 2006
                    • 39211

                    #10
                    Hi Kakunen,

                    I am just curious about your meaning here ... as they have many teachers there.

                    He was only teacher at [Soto-shu Head Temple] Eihei-ji.
                    He looks like a nice man.

                    Gassho, Jundo

                    stlah
                    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                    • Kakunen

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Jundo
                      Hi Kakunen,

                      I am just curious about your meaning here ... as they have many teachers there.



                      He looks like a nice man.

                      Gassho, Jundo

                      stlah
                      Your teacher Nishijima Roshi is also nice man.

                      His translation book is treasure for all over the world.

                      I try to express my mind step by step.

                      My English is bad.

                      Gassho
                      SAT today
                      LAH
                      kakunen
                      Last edited by Guest; 04-15-2024, 04:51 AM.

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                      • Kakunen

                        #12
                        Originally posted by Jundo
                        Hi Kakunen,

                        I am just curious about your meaning here ... as they have many teachers there.



                        He looks like a nice man.

                        Gassho, Jundo

                        stlah
                        Jundo

                        In Eihei-ji,every year there have Genzo-e(眼蔵会)at one time,only one teacher at every year.

                        He was teacher at Genzo-e for 5 years.

                        And his teacher Tokugen Sakai was teacher of Genzo-e for 10 years.

                        Tokugen Sakai call as Zuishin(1st trainee monk) of Kodo Sawaki,I heard.

                        In Antai-ji,I can not say such thing,maybe lots of monks understand,Uchiyama is 1st trainee monk..

                        I did Shukke-Tokudo at Tenryu-ji at Fukui,temple 1st trainee monk of master Sakai(His name is master Sasagawa)

                        But for me this is important things but this is secret things..(only in my mind)

                        But this is not joke.But joke.

                        Sorry for bad English.

                        But here in Treeleaf,my teacher is Jundo and everybody.

                        Gassho
                        Sat today
                        LAH
                        Kakunen
                        Last edited by Guest; 04-15-2024, 08:42 AM.

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                        • Jundo
                          Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                          • Apr 2006
                          • 39211

                          #13
                          For those truly wishing to know the personality of Nishijima Roshi ...

                          ... there is the lovely documentary on his day to day teaching and working life. I have a cameo or two in the movie. I am the bearded fellow, considerably more hair and less grey, seen about 7:30 of 'Part II' carrying a blackboard saying "REALITY/REALISM" with my other Dharma Brother Peter Rocca. That was during a retreat at our root temple in Japan, the Tokei-in (more on the Tokei-in here ... lovely photos) ...



                          The following is from Brad Warner's website:

                          The synopsis on that Dutch film festival's website says:

                          "I live my Buddhist life from day to day, from moment to moment sometimes in my office, sometimes in my home, sometimes in a temple. In every situation there was just my Buddhist life." Gudo Wafu Nishijima was born in Yokohama, Japan. With a new and fresh approach to the Buddhist view of reality and the sense of balance to the philosophical and scientific investigations from last decades, Master Nishijima gives us the coordinates to start to understand Buddhism with our own method of thinking. He wants to pass the teachings of Buddhism to people all over the world who are searching for "Truth". "We have to say that we live in a succession of moments rather like the frames of a film." In these frames, from the present moment, the documentary is about Master Nishijima´s daily life that is all ready a Buddhist life.

                          ... Watching it again I'd forgotten how good it was. It gives you a very honest look at who Nishijima Roshi was when the film was made. It shows him leading one of his annual retreats in Shizuoka for foreigners. It shows him in Europe giving talks and running a sesshin. It shows him talking to students of his from Israel and Ireland. There's also a wonderful scene of him dragging his suitcase through Tokyo Station. He always insisted on carrying his own stuff when he went on retreats. If you wanted to help him out with his bags you'd have to kind of trick him by grabbing them before he noticed. But he was always very quick.

                          ... The opening scenes were shot one morning at Nishijima's dojo in Chiba prefecture. ...


                          PART I


                          PART II


                          PART III


                          Gassho, Jundo

                          stlah
                          ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                          • Bion
                            Treeleaf Unsui
                            • Aug 2020
                            • 3716

                            #14
                            Originally posted by Jundo
                            For those truly wishing to know the personality of Nishijima Roshi ...

                            ... there is the lovely documentary on his day to day teaching and working life. I have a cameo or two in the movie. I am the bearded fellow, considerably more hair and less grey, seen about 7:30 of 'Part II' carrying a blackboard saying "REALITY/REALISM" with my other Dharma Brother Peter Rocca. That was during a retreat at our root temple in Japan, the Tokei-in (more on the Tokei-in here ... lovely photos) ...



                            The following is from Brad Warner's website:


                            PART I


                            PART II


                            PART III


                            Gassho, Jundo

                            stlah
                            “If you wanted to help him you’d have to trick him by being faster than him” .. that sounds oddly familiar, right? Haha

                            Gassho
                            Sat and lah
                            "Stepping back with open hands, is thoroughly comprehending life and death. Immediately you can sparkle and respond to the world." - Hongzhi

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                            • Onki
                              Treeleaf Unsui
                              • Dec 2020
                              • 667

                              #15
                              Thank you so much, Jundo!!

                              Gasshō,

                              On

                              Sat today/LAH
                              “Let me respectfully remind you
                              Life and death are of supreme importance.
                              Time swiftly passes by
                              And opportunity ist lost.
                              Each of us should strive to awaken.
                              Awaken, take heed,
                              Do not squander your life.​“ - Life and Death and The Great Matter

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