But I am going to let one fly just for the heck of it. If for no other reason than to remind everyone that there will be Zazen practice offered tomorrow from 0930-1130 at my place on Camp Shields. Be there or be somewhere else.
So I have been trying to read Red Pin's new translation of the Lotus Sutra, I like it so far.
Wait what's that? Oh, Red Pine, Pin would be cooler. Or for an author Red Pen eh?
Ok, So reading has been slow going lately, I haven't seemed to be getting into the groove or whatnot. And as soon as I start to I get interrupted, which I never minded so much when I read fiction novels and whatnot. When reading Master Dogen, or old sutras, I tend to have a harder time of following along. So those interruptions usually make me start back at the beginning of a chapter. Sometimes those chapters are long.
In other news, I should have about seven months or less left here on Okinawa. It has become very much politically incorrect to say that you hate it here. And I'm sure I would get a stern talking too if I made a couple of pages long rant about all the things I loathe about being a Marine stationed on Okinawa. Do understand the strategic importance though. It is a shame we can't just let the canadians take over the responsibility though.
I like it when people show up for zen practice. It is refreshing to talk to people interested in the middle way. And I don't know what it is exactly, but sitting with others brings a kind of energy to the practice otherwise absent in my usual lone sitting... (YES ! I know, when one person sits, the buddhas in the ten directions are sitting with them.... But they don't bring snacks.)
The kids have been doing well. Both are great students and are getting plenty of time socializing.
Too bad I will have once again rip them from their comfortable circumstances and transport them to a new foreign location, new schools, and new peers soon. I would like it to be the last time. Buddhas know My folks didn't bounce me around from place to place when I was growing up. I wonder if I will create some stability ant the next place... Probably not.
I would like some root-beer without corn syrup please. I can not find any at the commissary.