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  • Taigu
    Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
    • Aug 2008
    • 2710

    For Saya

    In 1989, as I was teaching in Latakia in Syria, I have met a young woman who was studying French literature and language at the local University. Her name was Saya. At the time, I was send by the French governement to teach graduate students and adults. She was a very beatiful young lady, full of wit, enthusiasm and drive, full of passion for a freedom she did not have because of the Assad 's regime (the father of the sad ad crual clown they have now). I was sitting secretly and sharing some Dharma stuff with some people ( for instance my dear friend Nafez translated Suzuki Zen mind, beginner's mind into Arabic and got it published). At the time she sometimes visited my flat asking questions about Buddhist practice and she sat a few times. Because of the first Gulf war, I had to move out of the country never to return and we did not keep in touch. Two years later, I met her by chance in a sesshin (intensive period of practice), her head was shaved and she was wearing the okesa. She was a priest in training and studying French in Paris. Her determination and will to change something in her country was much alive in her, and she was planning to go back to Syria to make it happen, somehow. She left and I have never heard about her anymore. Since this civil war started, I think of her everyday. I wonder if she is still alive because knowing her, she must have been one of the leaders of the rebellion. I dearly love her. She is my sister in the Dharma. It is heart-breaking to think about these people I left behind, and it is OK.

    I would like to ask my closest students and everybody willing to join to sit with Saya and all the people that fell and will fall on both sides. That's all really.

    gassho


    Taigu
  • Tb
    Member
    • Jan 2008
    • 3186

    #2
    Hi.

    A friend of my friend is my friend.
    I will sit with you, as always.

    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

      #3
      Taigu,

      I will sit beside you any time...for Saya...and all those who suffer.

      Gassho,
      Dosho

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      • Myozan Kodo
        Friend of Treeleaf
        • May 2010
        • 1901

        #4
        Dear Teacher,
        I will sit and chant for your Saya. And all the people of Syria.
        Gassho
        Myozan

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        • Hans
          Member
          • Mar 2007
          • 1853

          #5
          Hello Taigu,

          the emotions triggered inside me through reading your posting somehow reminded me of this (in my ears) beautiful Kirtan by Krishna Das, which has become a kind of theme tune of the Zen Peacemakers Order and has touched me deeply:


          Here are the lyrics:

          Calling out to hungry hearts everywhere through endless time.
          You who wander, you who thirst, I offer you this heart of mine.
          Calling out to hungry spirits everywhere through endless time.
          Calling out to hungry hearts, all the lost and the left behind.
          Gather round and share this meal, your joy and your sorrow,
          I make it mine.






          Gassho,

          Hans Chudo Mongen

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          • Taigu
            Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
            • Aug 2008
            • 2710

            #6
            Thank you all, thank you Hans for this incredible profound rendering of the gates of sweet nectar.
            We should really add it to our ritual.
            Don t you think, Bro?

            gassho

            Taigu
            Last edited by Taigu; 08-29-2012, 09:28 AM.

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            • Hans
              Member
              • Mar 2007
              • 1853

              #7
              Hello Taigu,

              I've been singing it almost daily, since I discovered it by chance a few weeks ago

              Gassho,

              Hans Chudo Mongen

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              • Taigu
                Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
                • Aug 2008
                • 2710

                #8
                Well, count on me, this is going to be one of my daily chants.
                we should also put it in the library.

                gasso


                Taigu

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                • Yugen

                  #9
                  I will sit for Saya and all who suffer in conflict. Hans, thank you for this chant. I will add it to my daily recitations.

                  Gassho
                  Yugen

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                  • Jiken
                    Member
                    • Jan 2011
                    • 753

                    #10
                    I will sit for Saya and for loss and love and for those who sacrifice themselves for others.

                    Gassho Taigu

                    Daido

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                    • Ekai
                      Member
                      • Feb 2011
                      • 664

                      #11
                      I will sit and pray for Metta for Saya and all people courageously working towards helping others.

                      Gassho,
                      Ekai

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                      • Jinyo
                        Member
                        • Jan 2012
                        • 1957

                        #12
                        Blessings for Saya and all those who strive for peace.

                        Thanks for the link Hans - I'm all for introducing a little melody into our chanting. Will order the CD.

                        Gassho

                        Willow

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                        • Jundo
                          Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                          • Apr 2006
                          • 39441

                          #13
                          In my honest view, blowing on a conch shell, banging on a tabla drum and ringing a bell won't do a damn thing for Saya, or to bring peace to her country. Other measures are needed.

                          Neither is it a particularly harmful thing, however, but neither is drinking a glass of water.

                          Gassho, J
                          Last edited by Jundo; 08-29-2012, 01:14 PM.
                          ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                          • Shokai
                            Treeleaf Priest
                            • Mar 2009
                            • 6391

                            #14
                            Hans, I have withdrawn my question in deference to your expressed sensitivity. Thank you for introducing us to Bernie's Chalisa/ Gates of Sweet Nectar. It is definitely appropo to Saya's plight.
                            Last edited by Shokai; 08-29-2012, 01:35 PM.
                            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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                            • Hans
                              Member
                              • Mar 2007
                              • 1853

                              #15
                              Hello,

                              may I suggest and add a whispered "please" to not politicise this thread (I didn't start the thread, this is just me sharing my gut reaction).

                              Gassho,

                              Hans Chudo Mongen

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