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Harada Roshi in the season of Sakura Cherry blossom

Cherry blossom is something so very special for the Japanese people and as always, citizens of Okayama along with tourists have enjoyed the gorgeous Sogenji Sakura(cherry tree) from late March thru early April.

Roshi, in his April Bishamon talk, encouraged over one hundred participants to receive the special sweet tea and enjoy the Sakura.  Viewing Sakura and being in nature is healing to us because there is nothing extra in nature he said.  The flowing water does not rot, as our minds too, will always stay clear and clean, if it is always flowing, retaining nothing.

Roshi also mentioned his disciple in the death row, Dainin Koji in the U.S., who was announced to be executed this month and shared his commitment to be with Dainin Koji, in the last moments when the time should come.

Sakura is loved because of the way the petals leave the tree, so soon, while people are still wanting to see them so much. Each year, Sakura blooming is much waited for weeks in hopeful expectation. Once in full bloom, in such a short while, dance away in the wind.

Roshi once said: We are all in the death row. Live each day, each moment with this consciousness in mind.


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