Letter to Muhou-san and the Antaiji Sangha.

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[The following is a copy of an email I will send to the head abbot of this temple in Japan. To start a discourse and one day perhaps visit to formally practice Buddhism. I look forward that moment and the start of a long and warm conversation.]

Dear Dōchō-san (abbot Muhō), and the Zen community at Antaiji,

I hope this letter reaches you quickly and I would be happy if you read this letter. I am Paul Harrison an animator and thinker who is at heart Buddhist. I have lived and worked in Tokyo Japan for two years. I’ve been learning Japanese studying with Yoko Morita sensei. Yoko told me about your temple, and so I wanted to make contact with your sangha in Hyogo. Now the first wind of spring has past you all must be looking forward to very pleasant weather (I hope you do not suffer from hayfever). Anyway the reason I am writing to you is I want to understand Zen more deeply. My teacher Mrs. Morita teaches Engaged Buddhism, and translates for a Taiwanese temple here in Tokyo. Sensei has taught me many things and ways of practising Buddhism. But, I wanted to ask you Muhō, and your Sangha’s members some questions to help spread the Buddhist truth into the wider world.

 

-Paul Harrison

禅師様、

貫主、無法さん、安泰寺の禅宗の僧伽にこの手紙を道長さん早く受け取って貰えれば、私は嬉しいです。私はポール・ハリソンと申します。日本に二年間住んでいます。英語の講師です。森田陽子先生から、日本語を習っています。陽子さんは安泰寺の事をなしましたですから、私は兵庫県の僧伽に今手紙を書いています。春ー番が吹いたので皆さんは快晴を同じいい天気を楽しみにしている事思います。『花粉症でくれしんでいないように願っています』しかし、書く理由は禅をもっと分かりたいから、そして森田先生は人間仏教を教える事いって台湾のお寺で翻訳しています。先生は私にたくさん禅について教えてくれました。それで、無法さんに私はの質問をしたいです。そして、仏教の真実を伝えたいです。それで、もっと人間が禅法を分かるように成ると思います。

歩流・梁尊

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