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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39065

    Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

    In Thanks for a Meaningful Life of Effort & Service ... on passing ...



    Homage to the relics of the Buddha of complete merit;

    Homage to the body of truth which is truth itself and a

    stupa for the world of the dharma for the benefit of our

    present body. Though the merits of Buddha, the truth

    enters into us and we enter into the truth.

    Though the excellent power of Buddha, we realize the

    truth. Let us do only good for all living things that we may

    possess the true mind.

    Let us do only pure deeds that we may enter the peaceful

    world which is unchanging, great wisdom.

    Let us pay homage eternally to the Buddha.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Shohei
    Member
    • Oct 2007
    • 2854

    #2
    Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

    I just read this on his blog today.

    Sad news indeed. A life that touched so very, very many.

    Deep bows to a wonderful teacher.

    Thank you Aitken Roshi for your practice and your being.

    Tonights's sit will be dedicated to him.

    Gassho
    Shohei

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    • Tb
      Member
      • Jan 2008
      • 3186

      #3
      Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

      Hi.

      Yes.
      So it is.
      Deep bow.

      Mtfbwy
      Fugen
      Life is our temple and its all good practice
      Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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      • Dosho
        Member
        • Jun 2008
        • 5784

        #4
        Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

        I've had a quote from him as my signature for nearly two years now and that time has only increased its meaningfulness to me. Most sad to hear of his passing, but a reminder for us all the short time we all have on this Earth.

        Many deep bows in gratitude Roshi...

        Gassho,
        Dosho

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        • Shugen
          Treeleaf Unsui
          • Nov 2007
          • 4535

          #5
          Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

          Also many deep bows in gratitude and a sitting dedicated to him.

          Ron
          Meido Shugen
          明道 修眼

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          • chicanobudista
            Member
            • Mar 2008
            • 864

            #6
            Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

            :|

            http://monkeymindonline.blogspot.com/20 ... -dies.html
            Flowers in the Sky: Aitken Roshi Dies

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Baker_Aitken

            http://www.robertaitken.blogspot.com/


            QEPD...._/_
            paz,
            Erik


            Flor de Nopal Sangha

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            • Seishin the Elder
              Member
              • Oct 2009
              • 521

              #7
              Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

              Gassho...

              For what you taught me

              In your Words

              And by your Life.

              Gassho,

              Seishin Kyrill

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              • Seishin the Elder
                Member
                • Oct 2009
                • 521

                #8
                Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

                May I humbly suggest that the upcoming Jukai class bear a designation as "Aitken Roshi Memorial Jukai Class", since his book The Mind of Clover is so pivotal for the training.

                Gassho,

                Seishin Kyrill

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                • Jundo
                  Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                  • Apr 2006
                  • 39065

                  #9
                  Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

                  Originally posted by Kyrillos
                  May I humbly suggest that the upcoming Jukai class bear a designation as "Aitken Roshi Memorial Jukai Class", since his book Mind in Clover is so pivotal for the training.

                  Gassho,

                  Seishin Jyrill
                  A very nice suggestion, K, and we will dedicate our Jukai preparations to his memory ... and his book will be present with us throughout.
                  ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                  • AlanLa
                    Member
                    • Mar 2008
                    • 1405

                    #10
                    Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

                    Oh No!
                    But yes!
                    Countless bows
                    He never leaves me
                    AL (Jigen) in:
                    Faith/Trust
                    Courage/Love
                    Awareness/Action!

                    I sat today

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                    • Engyo
                      Member
                      • Aug 2010
                      • 356

                      #11
                      Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

                      Do not weep at my grave.
                      I am not there. I am not sleeping.
                      A thousand winds. I will become a thousand winds.
                      I blow in the great sky.
                      In the autumn, I am the light that falls upon the crop fields.
                      In the winter, I am the falling snow that shines as a diamond.
                      In the morning, I am the bird to whose song you awake.
                      At night, I am the stars that watch over you.
                      Do not cry at my grave.
                      I am not there. I did not die.
                      As a thousand winds. As a thousand winds.
                      That blow in the great sky.
                      As a thousand winds. As a thousand winds.
                      That blow in the great sky.
                      I blow in the great sky.
                      - by Japanese Singer-songwriter Man Arai

                      This Roshi lives on in so many hearts and minds.
                      Many Full Prostrations.

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                      • Risho
                        Member
                        • May 2010
                        • 3179

                        #12
                        Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

                        Originally posted by Jundo
                        Originally posted by Kyrillos
                        May I humbly suggest that the upcoming Jukai class bear a designation as "Aitken Roshi Memorial Jukai Class", since his book Mind in Clover is so pivotal for the training.

                        Gassho,

                        Seishin Jyrill
                        A very nice suggestion, K, and we will dedicate our Jukai preparations to his memory ... and his book will be present with us throughout.
                        That's a great idea! I have not yet read his work, but I've obviously heard of him, and I think the best way to honor a teacher is to practice to the best of our ability and to further strengthen the flame and passion of our practice. So, as others are doing, I will dedicate my sitting tonight to Aitken Roshi and recite the Heart Sutra.

                        Gassho,

                        Cyril
                        Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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                        • Jinyu
                          Member
                          • May 2009
                          • 768

                          #13
                          Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

                          9 bows... I will also sit in his name tonight...

                          Really sad news!
                          But you had a very beautiful idea Seishin!
                          I'll read his book "the path of zen" again... but maybe the best thing to do is what is has been teaching during his life, just practicing zazen and living ...

                          humble gassho,
                          Jinyu
                          Jinyu aka Luis aka Silly guy from Brussels

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                          • Dojin
                            Member
                            • May 2008
                            • 562

                            #14
                            Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

                            May he rest in peace.
                            I gained nothing at all from supreme enlightenment, and for that very reason it is called supreme enlightenment
                            - the Buddha

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                            • Eika
                              Member
                              • Sep 2007
                              • 806

                              #15
                              Re: Robert Baker Aitken Roshi

                              The symphony of zen
                              Lost a first violin
                              The orchestra plays on.

                              Bows to one who gave many comfort and direction.

                              Eika

                              PS--I've always loved the New Orleans jazz funeral where the dirge is played to express the sadness felt, but then quickly followed by a much longer celebration with music and dancing, etc.
                              [size=150:m8cet5u6]??[/size:m8cet5u6] We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life---John Cage

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