So it has been well over a month since my last post. I moved and for a greater portion of that time I didn't have internet access. I moved to a property owned by Ryumonji Zen Monastery. Since my move, I have come to realize many great things about life.
Less is a luxury. I don't have a whole lot where I live right now, and I love it. I just have my "staples" and my practice (both Buddhism and martial arts). I read, work out, practice, sit zazen, and write. Nothing could be better to me. I've also had a lot of time to work/practice on my calligraphy which is also nice.
I chop wood, carry wood and water. It reminds me of the Zen proverb, "Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water." In a sense, I have come to appreciate this proverb. Work is life, life is work. When appreciated, both are beautiful.
I've also been reading a lot of Dogen's writings, which has inspired me to compose little poems. I think that's a side-affect of reading Dogen, haha.
I will be posting more often now that I have the internet. Hope you are all well, many blessings, in gassho.
Where I live: