One door closes…

…another opens! In times when we feel overtaken by it and events seem to overturn, the desire for silence, restraint, and introspection surfaces. For once not to be ambushed, to leave matters behind, to break the routine, a new beginning. Thoughts about the meaning of life come to light. A …

Iwayaji (#45)

while there, the head monk gave me a paper with following words: It is not possible to look directly through other people’s mind. It may be possible, however, to infer what is in their mind from their expression, attitudes, words… It is indeed quite reasonable to deduce that all of human …

Hirata san

Hirata san is the good soul of Nankōbō (#55). While there he told me that it was a joy to watch me spending time on the temple grounds. Then he asked me if I’d remember the Tohoku earthquake. Yes, i do, almost daily. He then gave me a wooden plaque with the …