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POEM BY JIRYO MOXON
'The more I walk this Way, so the less worthy I become to walk it.
My learning does not come from book, but stumblings I make.
I am my own yard-stick, more notched by its minuses than its pluses.
No lengthy repetitions from sutra, but the simple message_
"One day you will be a Buddha".
Rev. Jiryo Moxon
INVITATION TO AWAKEN
The Way of Buddhism is eternal. That is to say, its message and practices today are just as relevant as they were over two thousand years ago. Many people around the world today are appalled at what they see internationally and in there own backyards, and also feel helpless and /or disempowered to do anything about it. I too felt very much like this. But over the years, and especially since studying, practicing and teaching Buddhism, I have found that there is a Way out of this dilemma and now wish to share it with others. I do not take a direct approach in telling others what they need. Rather the approach comes in response to what an individual senses within themselves. If you feel a sense of injustice, hopelessness, confusion and compassion~These are signals trying to tell you something. Your choice is simple~Either you ignore them . Or you do something about them. The choice to act is your Invitation to Awaken. Should you be interested in walking the tried and tested Way of the Buddha, do feel free to contact me at any time via mail or mobile. Please see contact details. GASSHO,
Rev. Jiryo Moxon.
AIKIDO AND BUDDHISM
Buddhism can be found as Zen practice in some systems of Japanese Budo (Martial Ways ). Most notable are Kyu Do (Archery). And I-Ai-Do ( Sword drawing). I lived for over ten years in Chiba-Ken, Japan, where I studied , practiced and taught Aikido, eventually receiving the rank of Roku(6th)Dan, and Shihan and Renshi Menkyo(Licences permitting one to officially teach). It was here that I was able to observe how two seemingly opposing disciplines can , in effect, complement one another. Today, I find myself joining the same circle in using Aikido not so much for the art itself, but more for offering a practical, ‘hands on means’, of experiencing teachings of Buddhism. This is achieved by utilizing the Tendai Zen method of Hangyo Hanza Zammai more simply known as ‘moving Zen’. In this method, any and all activites may be used as means of stilling and focusing the mind. Also included are the practices of Joza Zammai(The more well know seated meditation), and mantra/shomyo(Rhythm and sound meditation). These practices are available for either individuals or groups. Martial arts experience is neither important or necessary. In fact , it is better if students ‘come with an empty cup’.
Please see my (Rev. Jiryo Moxon) ‘Contact Details’ should you be interested and would like further information.
Rev. Jiryo Moxon.
Master Saicho, the Founder of Japanese Tendai Buddhism, envisioned Tendai as being ‘Buddhism for the people’. His vision followed the way of Shakyamuni Buddha(The Buddha of this age) in not making Buddhism the prerogative of the elite by taking it outside the temple to the common people which went against the laws of his day. However, Tendai history shows that many of its monks did exactly that. These men, and women, went about Japan teaching the Law of the Lotus and Pure land, and setting up Reihai Do or Kai. In English , we might call these ‘chapels’. But the monks taught to workers, farmers, builders who were poor, so any such ‘chapel’ was , in effect, any place where folk gathered to listen. In likewise fashion, I aim to do the same. To this end, I have chosen Reihai Kai rather than Do. ‘Kai’ suggests gathering or meeting which can either be a place, or simply a group. ‘Do’, by contrast, suggests something like ‘Hall’.
I am looking to do this not only in and around Brisbane area, but also Queensland in general.
Reihai Kai groups will be taught how to celebrate Buddhism in the home, as well integrating it in to there daily lives. Should individuals or groups be interested in helping to form a Reihai Kai group in their local area, I would be happy to discuss it. GASSHO
PLEASE NOTE. I am usually back at my apartment by 04.30pm each day. If anybody is available after this time , and would like to come along~You are most welcome. Alternatively, I am available at the weekend. But please call first.
Please see my ‘Contact Details’ should you be interested and would like further details.
PLEASE NOTE For any of the above, or for any services provided by myself, NO FEE IS REQUIRED. However, and in accordance with tradition, individuals or groups may make a free-will donation if they so wish.
Rev. Jiryo Moxon.
Shikan Setsumei Kai (Shikan Meditation Briefing)
May 29th saw the presentation of Tendai Shu's Shikan meditation in the tiny C.W.A Hall, Beerwah, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Since my ordination into Tendai Shu in 2005, I have spent the larger part of my time not only extending my field of studies and practises but equally importantly, in what direction my Tendai/ Buddhist teaching would develop.
Being aware that such practises can be both alien and daunting, I wanted to offer the opportunity of presenting the practise of Shikan so that those interested would have a clearer idea of what it involved. It also presented the opportunity, to some degree, of removing 'the idea of Zen' and planting perhaps a stronger understanding of what Zen is.
The afternoon was divided into four sections. In the first, i spoke a little about my own spiritual journey, Tian Tai and Tendai Buddhism, what Shikan is, practise and benefits, the Sho Shikan (introductory practices) and what was hoped to be achieved- the establishment of a permanent study/practice as a result of the presentation.
In general the afternoon went very well and the information was very well recieved with positive feedback. A few of those attending, indicated interest in forming a Tendai Shikan group which will hopefully begin mid-July.
The group will work through the ten steps of Master Zhiyi's Sho Shikan presented through practices of Joza Zammai (Continued seated meditation) for the first five steps, followed by Hangyo Hanza Zammai (half seated/ half walking meditation for the remainder. The meditation text for the practises will be Seng Ts'An's 31 verse "On Believing in Mind". On completion of the course of practuse and study, those attending will then be given the opportunity to take on more, extended and focused practise.
Some interest was also shown in the use of the sword, quite a common mode of Zen training in Japan, as an optional method of study and practise. However, an actual group for this is going to depend on the clear understanding that sword practise is to be viewed as a means to understanding Buddhism through Self and not as an end in itself. As in perhaps, some schools of Kyudo (Japanese Archery).
Shikan Briefing: Karuna Coleman's experience
Hello, I am an Australian and my name is Karuna Coleman. I attended Reverend Jiryo Moxon's introduction to Tendai on Sunday afternoon at the C.W.A Hall in Beerwah Queensland.
After listening to Reverend Jiryo, I have decided to attend his classes in Beerwah that will commence in July. I felt his sincerity and dedication throughout the talk. I enjoyed the heart-to-heart connection he had to all there. He was informative and clear. I could see the genuine interest of other people who also attended his information session that afternoon, and I paticipated in discussion with others also expressing that they too will join his up and coming classes.
Ara Ryokan Sensei receives a Commendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Honolulu
On July 25th 2011 (Japan time), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made an official announcement of the recipients of the Foreign Minister's Commendation for 2011. From Hawaii, Mr. Ara Ryokan, Advisor to the United Japanese Society of Hawaii, has been selected to receive the Commendation.
The Foreign Minister's Commendation is awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of the mutual understanding and friendly relations between Japan and other countries through economic and technical cooperation, information and cultural activities, and other activities to enhance international relations. The Commendations aim at praising the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups, and firther promoting the understanding and support of Japanese people for their activities. This year, sixty-eight individuals and thirty groups (nine individuals and three groups from the United States) have been selected to receive the award.
When Bishop Ara first arrived in Hawaii in the early 1970's to establish the Tendai Mission, his dedication was towards assimilating into the local culture, transcending the parametersw of Sectarian Buddhism and the religious sector as a whole, and becoming more involved in the activities of the Community. Bishop Ara started the Tendai Cultural Classrooms at his Mission, where lessons in the arts of calligraphy, ikebana, Japanese style painting, tea-ceremony among others were taught. This was later expanded to become the Hawaii Bijutsukan, or the Hawaii Institute of Arts, the first and only Japanese focused institution of its kind, where each year an exhibition is held featuring artwork submitted by local artists.
In 1975, Bishop Ara, established the Hawaii Ichigu Kai, or the Hawaii chapter of the "One Corner"/ "Light Up One Corner Society", a service organisation based on Buddhist teachings and philosophy. One of the groups projects included the videotaping of testimonials from 100 Issei's. These records have been since donated to the Bishop Museum on the occassion of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese contract immigrants known as the Kanyaku Imin in 1985. Subsequently Bishop Ara was compelled to document the personal wartime experiences of Nisei soldiers and compiled them into a book entitled:Hawaii Nikkei Beihei: Watashitachi wa nani to tatakatta no ka, which was published in Japan. An English version of the book was published by the University of Hawaii, and has been deemed a most important resource in the study of the history of Japanese-Americans in Hawaii.
During the Kanyaku Imin anniversary, as President of the Hawaii Buddhist Council, Bishop Ara successfully coordinated the Japanese-American Buddhist Conference and the Japanese-American Buddhist Studies Convention with the participation of not only Tendai Mission members, but those of other Buddhist sects as well. He has also contributed to promoto Toro Nagashi, or the Buddhist Floating Lantern Ceremony, which is now held every year on Memorial Day at Ala Moana's Magic Island in Honolulu.
Bishop Ara continues to serve as a leading figure in many Japanese-American organizations within the Hawaiin community.
(Ara Ryokan Sensei is the teacher and guide of the Tendai Sangha of Australia's founding Priest Jiryo Moxon)