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  • Saijun
    Member
    • Jul 2010
    • 667

    10,000 Shakyo for Japan

    Hello friends,

    I just ran across this and thought I would share:

    http://zenmirror.blogspot.com/2011/06/t ... mound.html

    I'll be participating, and thought that perhaps some others would be moved to copy the Sutra.

    Metta,

    Saijun
    To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. --RBB
  • Seiryu
    Member
    • Sep 2010
    • 620

    #2
    Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

    Sounds like a great idea, I'll do it as well


    Gassho

    Seiryu
    Humbly,
    清竜 Seiryu

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    • Shujin
      Treeleaf Unsui
      • Feb 2010
      • 977

      #3
      Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

      Thank you for sharing, Saijun; I'm on board.

      gassho,
      Shujin
      Kyōdō Shujin 教道 守仁

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      • Hoyu
        Member
        • Nov 2010
        • 2020

        #4
        Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

        Hi Saijun,
        This sounds awesome! Thanks for letting us know about it! We are going to make it a family event for this weekend where we will each take turns copying it. This is sooooooo cool!

        Gassho,
        John
        Ho (Dharma)
        Yu (Hot Water)

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        • KellyRok
          Member
          • Jul 2008
          • 1374

          #5
          Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

          Hello all,

          This is truly wonderful. Yes, thank you for sharing and I'm in as well. My boys and I will work on it this week.

          Lovely!

          Gassho,
          Kelly/Jinmei

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          • Jundo
            Treeleaf Founder and Priest
            • Apr 2006
            • 39450

            #6
            Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

            Sutra copying is a lovely Practice, and I have copied the Heart Sutra Chinese characters many times when visiting various Zen temples in Japan for retreats (it is very often done at some part of the retreat, especially for lay folks). One can lose oneself in the lovely flow. Even foreigners who do not read Japanese can do so, as 'see through' tracing paper is usually placed over a copy, with the original below, and one just traces the shapes one by one ... very peaceful and relaxing too. Certainly, copying the Heart Sutra for the earthquake and tsunami victims is a nice gesture, it could not hurt. Perhaps some victim's heart will be comforted by seeing that Sutra mound.

            However, also, do not forget to send cash! 8) People cannot eat the Heart Sutra!

            Actually, because the Japanese are quite well off generally as a country, I would strongly suggest looking at organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children, which help people in like events, not only in Japan, but in countries which are not so well equiped, Haiti and such.

            http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

            http://www.savethechildren.org

            These are both organizations respected around the world for their many efforts.

            Gassho, J
            ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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            • Dokan
              Friend of Treeleaf
              • Dec 2010
              • 1222

              #7
              Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

              I'm in as well. Will be a nice act of mindfulness for the victims. So easy to forget what happened so recently when so far removed.

              Thank you for posting this.

              Gassho,

              Shawn
              We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
              ~Anaïs Nin

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              • murasaki
                Member
                • Mar 2009
                • 473

                #8
                Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

                I'm glad to find this way of offering mindfulness. I'm only familiar with sutra copying via reading about it in historical fiction (ref. "The Tale of Murasaki", Liza Dalby). I didn't know about it as a real and enduring practice that had actual merit.

                I made a cash donation via Red Cross early on, and I took interest in the groups that were folding cranes (understanding that the victims can't eat paper cranes either, but crane counts did actually equal matched donations from large-scale donors). I liked the idea that a physical act could be performed that, if done mindfully, could offer moral support and hopefully some spiritual merit.

                However, I wasn't able to meet any of the deadlines for the crane folding. They're sitting here in a box. I'll try to meet this deadline for shakyo. I would like to learn more about shakyo in the future.

                Gassho
                Julia
                "The Girl Dragon Demon", the random Buddhist name generator calls me....you have been warned.

                Feed your good wolf.

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                • chessie
                  Member
                  • Jun 2008
                  • 266

                  #9
                  Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

                  Here's another site talking about the practice--all the links to every page on this site are really interesting (at least to me!)

                  http://www.theartofcalligraphy.com/sutracopying.html

                  Gassho,

                  Ann

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                  • Onshin
                    Member
                    • Jul 2010
                    • 462

                    #10
                    Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

                    Thanks for that Saijun, have printed off the sheet and will give it a go.
                    "This traceless enlightenment continues endlessly" (Dogen Zenji)

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                    • Shokai
                      Treeleaf Priest
                      • Mar 2009
                      • 6391

                      #11
                      Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

                      _/_
                      合掌,生開
                      gassho, Shokai

                      仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

                      "Open to life in a benevolent way"

                      https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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                      • Seishin the Elder
                        Member
                        • Oct 2009
                        • 521

                        #12
                        Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

                        I have completed one and intend to copy several more more sending them in before the deadline. It is a very nice quiet practice. I did find that using a small handheld magnifying glass helped me "stay in the lines"! :roll:
                        I have done this practice before, but it feels much different when done with a specific purpose and intention such as this.

                        Gassho,

                        Seishin Kyrill

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                        • Hoyu
                          Member
                          • Nov 2010
                          • 2020

                          #13
                          Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

                          Hi All,

                          This was our family project for the weekend. We divided it into 3 parts(1 for each my wife, son, and I) and each took turns meticulously copying it out. Then when nearly finished something got knocked over and spilled all over the table and stained it :shock:
                          All that work and we have to start over.
                          It reminds me of the Tibetan practice of creating a mandala with sand. Have you ever seen the process? It's amazing. In the end after days of making this thing they just sweep it all away. Part of the practice, as I've heard it described, is letting go of attachment to things even though you work long and hard on them because they are in the end as impermanent as everything else.

                          We plan to finish the new one today.

                          Gassho,
                          John
                          Ho (Dharma)
                          Yu (Hot Water)

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                          • Shohei
                            Member
                            • Oct 2007
                            • 2854

                            #14
                            Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

                            I will do some too!
                            Thanks for sharing the link John


                            Gassho
                            Shohei

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                            • Hoyu
                              Member
                              • Nov 2010
                              • 2020

                              #15
                              Re: 10,000 Shakyo for Japan

                              Hi All,
                              Here is a picture of the making of the Tibetan sand Mandala I was talking about.




                              The Minneapolis Institute of Arts here has one perfectly preserved and hanging on the wall for display. Though it was great to see the beauty of one up close, I still felt a strange sadness in that they took something which symbolizes impermanence at it's core and made it permanent. In the end I walked away simultaneously grateful yet slightly disturbed.

                              Gassho,
                              John
                              Ho (Dharma)
                              Yu (Hot Water)

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