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At the resent sesshin at Houkuzan Sogenji you mentioned the four sea's in the opening or closing poem for the Teisho. What is the 'the four seas'?
November 28, 2011, 7:45 amSesshin Opening Poem January Sesshin 2011:-
The Buddha opening sincerely the snow training period
All sangha burning hot - Dharma totally alive
One Drop of Sogen bring brought forth here
Praying deeply that the efforts of Hokuozan's first sesshin
Will bring peace to the four seas
The four seas are: the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and the Indian Ocean.
Meaning: THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD
Sesshin Closing Poem January Sesshin 2011:-
In this huge 1000 worlds universe
One week gone in the snap of a finger
Playing in a world beyond form
Enlightened words' wisdom deeply shining through all time