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Starting point of Yoshizen

It was the last moment as I was leaving the temple, when Master Kogetsu stopped me at the gate and asked me,

“I’ve been wondering since I saw you on the first day. Who the devil this guy ?

Have a tea and talk before you go”

While receiving his tea I told him who I am.

Finding my father’s name in the Soto Temples Directory and heard that I was a veteran mountain climber,

he understood why he felt me as if I were a seasoned monk.

It was the time soon after the collapse of the 70th students’ uprise (lots of ex-activist left Japan then) and

my Degree was in Sociology, I had enough ammunition to ask him about the viability of the Buddhism

in the aspect of the society and human existence.

His answer was what I wrote before, still I promised him I’ll see him again.

I’m afraid it must be too late to report him back, still I feel my duty to tell his tombstone what I found.

——Since, without encountering Master Kogetsu, Yoshizen couldn’t exist today and I believe it was

the destined Karma.

And me to encounter a new friend who directed me to Zen blog site, and me to start blogging was

also a pre-destined Karma which meant me, the time is ripe.


PS :  To follow-up this, you may read a post “Tiny Comment” which would explain the point best.


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  1. contoveros said, on December 8, 2009 at 19:10

    “The time is ripe.”

    Dr. Carl Jung, a psychologist who championed dream interpretation as a method of psychoanalylsis, coined a phrase called “synchronicity.” Using the law of probabilities, he scientifically showed that certain “coincidences,” particularly dreams and their corresponding mirror events in our conscious life, are NOT coincidences.

    That realization had and continues to have a major influence on my spiritual growth the past year and it ties in with Buddha teachings as well as a Sufi practice of dream work.

    “Time is ripe” is just another way of the universe whispering to us to cooperate with Her plan for each of us. In other words, to “let go.”

    I just did. Let go.



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  2. yoshizen said, on December 8, 2009 at 21:03

    Its a pretty good reference to see the coincidence. Still I’m not
    convinced how scientific the Jung’s method was.
    Since I hated mambo-jumbo, I didn’t like even Palm reading which
    my mother could done incredibly accurate reading.

    In fact I received the prediction from my mother,what will happen
    on my life when I was 10 years old. I gave a dumn to it, but
    when I reached my 40th, I realized that what has been actuary happening
    was exactly what was predicted.
    After I left Japan, I didn’t communicate to my home more than two years,
    still my mother did know, where I was and what I was doing (I discovered
    it since my brother told me when I went back there).
    ——-I thought, I was traveling (or drifting) just arbitrarily following a wind.
    But, if it was watched and known by somebody, we are not free agent.
    I was finally convinced, there is something beyond our comprehension,
    and beyond the science.
    I came back to the old hated family tradition, Buddhism.

    • contoveros said, on December 8, 2009 at 23:33

      There is no “mumbo jumbo” with Jung. He is hailed as a visionary who helped the world see the importance of the subconscious mind and its effect on our conscious mind. He was the first to describe the “collective unconsciousness” that psychologists have been studying for over 50 years.

      He brought primitive man out of his cave and introduced him to a society that badly needs to rediscover mankind’s roots. We can not let go of mysticism or “magic.”

      It is what makes us connected to one another from the beginning of time.

      Oops, got carried away there. But, I hope you get the picture about this great man.

  3. yoshizen said, on December 9, 2009 at 00:09

    Oh yah, the order of my script was not perfectly clear.

    I didn’t mean Jung is manbo-jumbo but it is to any
    scientifically unexplainable phenomenon such as the
    palm reading—— so that I’ve given the story of
    the prediction from the palm reading.
    (It was the part of the process of me to reconcile
    mysthic phenomenon——or the admission how I was
    entwined with munbo-jumbo——and thats why I went
    into science to decipher them)
    Jung is the grate man. I gave quite a thought to his
    “collective unconsciousness” and I’m going to write
    about my thought soon.

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