December 17, 2014, 4:17 am ~ by ShoE in news
Every year the Roshi write a calligraphy which is used to make a calendar and as guiding words for the upcoming year. They are being designed by Myosho Daishi - the text can be found below.
Without a thought, the flower invites the butterfly.
Without a thought, the butterfly visits the flower.
When the flower blooms, the butterfly comes.
When the butterfly arrives, the flower blooms.
I do not know others; others do not know me.
Not knowing each other, we act in accord
With the Goddess of Spring.
The flower has no intention to call to the butterfly, but when it blossoms, the butterfly arrives to draw its nectar. When the butterfly is there, the flowers are blooming. The butterfly goes from here to there, flower to flower. When the flower blooms, the butterfly comes around; when the butterflies arrive, the flower blooms. There is someone I do not know, who does not know me. Two strangers, how do we encounter each other?
Ryokan mentions the Goddess of Spring. This is his way of referring to the Great Law of Karmic Affiliation taught by the Buddha, also known as “empty-minded” karmic affiliation. The flower and the butterfly have no idea of calling to or beckoning each other, but somehow, they meet. The moon is empty-minded as is the water reflecting that moon. The water has the innate ability to reflect the moon—without plan or intention. It naturally takes place at the felicitous moment of their meeting, an empty-minded encounter.
In the city, random encounters between people are common. We may see the same person regularly on our daily commute, every day, going to work at the same time. We have no plan to see this person, who has his or her own circumstances. We may be stopped at a red light, see the person in the next car and nod in greeting, spontaneously. We may both nod. We don't know each other, but in this mysterious face-to-face way, we acknowledge each other. We may or may not ever see each other again; that we can only entrust to the heavens.
The Buddha taught the law of karmic affiliation: a cause with vast, invisible factors shapes the outcome of the meeting. In the mystery of an encounter, rather than just leaving it “inexplicable,” we should bring that karmic affiliation to fruition, cultivating it in the best possible way. Poised with this attitude, we can truly value any meeting, especially when we experience a rare encounter. We are abundant-minded, wide, flexible, and open to the potential of each circumstance. It is important to not get caught by constricted, preconceived, rigid ideas and to meet each person's mind with a prayer for their good fortune and the good fortune of everyone in the world.
An old saying puts it this way: “ The one who is called upon gives peace and quiet to the one who is calling, giving a smile when leaving, with a wish for good fortune.”
Here translation in German.