Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October

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Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October

Post by Meido » Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:47 pm

Koryu Shugen Honshu and its associated organization International Shugendo Association (ISA) invite you to this remarkable event: the first visit of Kakudo Mitsunaga Ajari to the USA. This is a precious opportunity to receive empowerments and teachings from both him and his student Shokai Koshikidake Soke, Headmaster of the Mt. Koshikidake tradition of Shugendo.

KAKUDO MITSUNAGA DAI-AJARI is a Tendai Buddhist master and among the most eminent Japanese Buddhist figures today. He is famous as one of the "marathon monks" of Mt. Hiei, having completed the sennichi kaihogyo training (you may see a documentary featuring him below).

SHOKAI KOSHIKIDAKE SOKE is the Headmaster of Mt. Koshikidake Shugendo, and chief priest of Kannon-ji temple where that tradition has historically been centered. Aside from being the heir of his family's Shugendo tradition, he trained as a Tendai priest and in the Shugendo of Mt. Haguro's Kotaku-ji Shozen-in.

The event location is Korinji, a Buddhist monastery on 17 forested acres 50 miles northwest of Madison, Wisconsin (about 7 miles north of the town of Reedsburg). Registration is limited.

Full event info is at www.shugeninternational.org

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It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Hidden Zen: Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org

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Re: Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October

Post by Boomerang » Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:56 pm

Meido, that documentary was so inspiring.

These marathon monks must be so full of love for sentient beings to do such a thing.

It was interesting to see all the lay people who venerated him.

I wonder how common that is in Japanese towns.

I asked a Japanese friend about kaihougyou and she had never heard of it.

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Re: Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October

Post by Queequeg » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:10 pm

The fellows who do this are very rare. I think there might be 5 guys currently alive who have done the sennichi kaihogyo. (1000 day practice). There is only one place where this is practiced - Mt. Hiei near Kyoto.

If you can meet this fellow, its a tremendous opportunity.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.
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Re: Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October

Post by Meido » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:37 pm

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:10 pm
If you can meet this fellow, its a tremendous opportunity.
Indeed.

We're grateful that for his first visit to the USA he's agreed to come here: a rather humble place in rural Wisconsin, of all places.
It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Hidden Zen: Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org

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Re: Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October

Post by Queequeg » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:43 pm

It is wonderful, Meido. Truly. Thank you for all your efforts in making it possible.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.
-Ayacana Sutta

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Re: Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October

Post by Meido » Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:02 pm

ANNOUNCEMENT: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED to 2021

Regretfully, Mitsunaga Ajari and Koshikidake Soke have decided that due to the uncertainty surrounding travel during the current pandemic, we will reschedule this Wisconsin event.

The good news is that new dates are confirmed: SEPTEMBER 3-5, 2021. All other event details will be essentially the same.

I'll announce this event again later this year when registration reopens. In the meantime, there will be a number of USA events in 2020 led by priests here. Info on these (and, link to join the mailing list) at www.shugeninternational.org
It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Hidden Zen: Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org

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