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Buddhadharma : Summer 2005
summer 2005| 78 |buddhadharma we sit down facing each other, work on koans, receive keisaku blows from the front,” and so on. Rinzai Zen and Soto Zen are exactly the same thing! We are all doing shikantaza, shikan-koan, shikan- daydreaming! But more precisely, shikan- saturation – that’s what zazen is for! This modern age has brought us such convenient, scientific inventions. As a result, we’ve become impatient people. Take com- puters, for example, or even xerography. In 1937, Chester Carlson was inspired to develop a technique to make copies after many years of frustration with the only choices at the time: carbon paper and the mimeograph machine. Using carbon paper, the first copy would come out clear, the next copy okay, the third copy only so-so, and the fourth would be absolutely unreadable. It wasn’t until the late 1950’s that xerogra- phy appeared in offices on a wide scale. Yet ever since, people have taken it for granted that in mere minutes, one can make thou- sands of copies. Thus, subsequent genera- tions for whom this technology has always been available unfortunately have great dif- ficulty appreciating the true value of time. As a result of this and other technological inventions, we as a society have become impatient, and we no longer realize that time is so precious! Gempo Roshi used to mention that Japan once had a big earthquake nearly eighty years ago, while he was travel- ing abroad in France. He had heard of this earthquake through a telegram, but of course many details were unknown. So he took a boat from Marseilles to Yokohama, which took forty-nine days. Nowadays, one can travel from France to Japan in about twelve hours by plane. As we become accustomed to such things, we become impatient, and the universal truth of saturation is not well understood. Hence, we go further and further astray into the darkness of ignorance. people say, “I know, I know.” Those who say, “I know,” can be certain that they don’t know. Lao Tzu said, “He who knows doesn’t speak. He who speaks doesn’t know.” We must repeat this say- ing in order to truly understand it. This is a serious matter. Modern educa- tion, modern civilization, these are the worst impediments for spiritual practice. So know- ing this, appreciating this space and togeth- erness, we continue to just saturate. ➤ continued from page 39 Nichiren Shu Namu Myoho Renge Kyo www.nichiren-shu.org Resources for Study & Practice for Groups and Individuals • Library Facility • Reference Materials and Study Guides in Japanese and English NBIC Nichiren Buddhist International Center 29490 Mission Blvd • Hayward, CA 94544 510-690-1222 email: NBIC@nichiren-shu.org North America 323-262-7886 Hawaii 808-595-3517 London 44-20-8349-1433