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  • Anshu Bryson
    Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 566

    US Marine to Zen Monk!

    Being former career military myself (22 years) and then a corporate 'suit' afterwards (12 years), this really caught my eye...!




    Gassho,
    Anshu/Bryson

    sat today
  • Mp

    #2
    Thank you Anshu, this is a lovely film. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    SatToday

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    • Kyotai

      #3
      Very good. Thank you.

      Gassho, Kyotai
      sat today

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      • Yugen

        #4
        US Marine to Zen Monk!

        Anshu,
        Thank you for this. I've been a "suit" in the public and private sector so I can very much relate to this..... What really spoke to me was his reason for becoming a zen monk : "to find out the truth about [our] selves..."

        Deep bows
        Yugen


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        • Byokan
          Treeleaf Unsui
          • Apr 2014
          • 4288

          #5
          Thank you Anshu,

          A great little film!

          Gassho
          Lisa
          sat today
          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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          • Myosha
            Member
            • Mar 2013
            • 2974

            #6
            Hello,

            Thank you for the moment.


            Gassho
            Myosha sat today
            "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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            • Jundo
              Treeleaf Founder and Priest
              • Apr 2006
              • 39451

              #7
              Thank you. Wonderful.

              Gassho, Jundo

              Oh, I just recognized his Teacher and the Temple ... Annonji. There are subtitles.

              This is the first in a series of teachings by my teacher, Zen master Jinen-san. *English subtitles with this video (Click CC).Here is a better version of the...
              Last edited by Jundo; 03-17-2015, 06:21 PM.
              ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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              • Byrne
                Member
                • Dec 2014
                • 371

                #8
                This one really touched me. Thank you so much for sharing.

                Gassho

                Sat Today

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                • Anshu Bryson
                  Member
                  • Aug 2014
                  • 566

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Jundo
                  Thank you. Wonderful.

                  Gassho, Jundo

                  Oh, I just recognized his Teacher and the Temple ... Annonji. There are subtitles.
                  Yes, apparently in Iruma. That's not far from my Sensei's karate dojo in Oume...

                  Gassho,
                  Anshu/Bryson

                  ​sat today

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                  • Joyo

                    #10
                    Thank you, Anshu. This was a great video.

                    Gassho,
                    Joyo
                    sat today

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                    • Cumminjd
                      Member
                      • May 2013
                      • 183

                      #11
                      Just got around to watching this. I really enjoyed the sentence about "The Me before my mother and father met". That was very thought provoking.... which may be a bad thing in a place of no thoughts haha.

                      Gassho
                      James
                      Sat Today

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                      • Josan
                        Member
                        • Aug 2013
                        • 137

                        #12
                        Thank you Anshu. I was struck while watching it with the similarity with the late Myogen Steve Stucky - particularity the smile.
                        Gassho,
                        David

                        sattoday
                        If you miss the moment, you miss your life - John Daido Loori

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                        • Kyotai

                          #13
                          Im curious if takuhatsugasa is something only practiced in certain regions. I've never heard of this being practiced in Canada or the U.S.

                          Gassho Kyotai
                          Sat today

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                          • Jundo
                            Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                            • Apr 2006
                            • 39451

                            #14
                            Hi Kyotai,

                            Unlike in India, Thailand and other places in South Asia, "Takuhatsu" (travelling door to door accepting donations in one's bowl, usually of food in South Asia) was never widely accepted in the general culture in China and Japan when Buddhism arrived there. The general population in those countries generally did not understand or support the custom ... Thus, the monks there typically would only go out sometimes, and then as primarily a special or symbolic practice. It is still so in Japan (as can be seen in the video of the Monk Marine, most Japanese just walk past).



                            (The "Ho" heard recited in the video means "Law" or "Dharma," as in the Laws of the Universe and Buddha's Teachings on such. As you can see, not too many people are rushing out of their houses to give offerings as might be seen, for example, in Burma or Thailand)

                            I would say that the practice of Takuhatsu is even less understood culturally in America and Europe, and even more infrequently Practiced for that reason, although a few groups will go out from time to time. In fact, mendicancy may violate laws on "panhandling" in many jurisdictions.

                            Personally, I support and would like to develop a form of "Takuhatsu" to fit Western culture, and it would be a Buddhist version of "Trick or Treat for Unicef" or "Salvation Army Collections" and the like which Zen groups might engage in at certain holiday seasons. It is a lovely Practice of humility and generosity, in which Giver, Receiver, Gift and Giving are One.

                            ("Takuhatsugasa", which you mention, refers to the traditional straw hat you see the monk wearing).

                            Gassho, Jundo

                            PS - New York, Paris, Tokyo and other major cities have been plagued by "fake monks" from the Chinese mafia and various religious cults who hit tourists for money. I am sure that Scott in the video (Taigu practices Takuhatsu too from time to time) also is judged a fake by some folks, simply by being a foreigner doing so here! Most Japanese would not know what to make of a Caucasian monk in the first place, let alone one collecting money.

                            Last edited by Jundo; 03-18-2015, 04:27 PM.
                            ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                            • Shinzan
                              Member
                              • Nov 2013
                              • 338

                              #15
                              Thank you very much, Anshu. Just the encouragement I needed today.

                              _/st\_ Shinzan

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