Jushoku’s Meanderings – 9-1-20 – Sept 2020

An Afternoon Musing In the last 25 years about six to eight Barn swallows usually appeared around the temple compound in May and several dozen departed in mid-August. This year they appeared when expect, but only three or four showed up. It is now August 30th. Around...

Jushoku’s Meanderings – 8-1-20 – Aug 2020

Adapted from an August Dharma Talk We may all feel as though we have been taxed beyond our ability to cope. The Covid 19 pandemic, economic crisis, racial inequality, those who are supposed to protect society have been seen in video taking the lives of those who are...

Jushoku’s Meanderings – 7-1-20 – July 2020

Our environment is manifesting in some strange ways in the middle of this pandemic. That is not to say it is a result of the plague; maybe coincident, maybe totally unrelated. For the first time since we have been in East Chatham, NY there are no migrating bats making...

Jushoku’s Meanderings – 6-8-20 – June 2020

Let me begin this edition with a wonderful announcement. We will start meeting in-person, in the temple hondo, on June, 10, 2020. The discussion will begin at 6:00 PM in the Hondo, the kuri does not have sufficient space for social distancing, followed by the...

Jushoku’s Meanderings – 6-1-20 – June 2020

Jushoku's Meanderings A recent Wednesday evening virtual gathering was devoted to people sharing their experience during the isolation because of the shutdown. Specifically, I wanted to hear how people are experiencing the separation, then also a sense of gratitude...

Jushoku’s Meanderings – 5-27-20 – May 2020

A recent article by the conservative political journalist Andrew Sullivan, writing in New York magazine, succinctly states what I've been thinking for some time: "Tribalism is now not just one force in American politics, it's the overwhelming one, and tribalism abhors...

Jushoku’s Meanderings – 5-20-20 – May 2020

Each morning Shumon, Kairen and I do the daily service in the sanctuary. Kairen is temple assistant, so I sit on a chair to the right of the altar so that Kairen can practice the service as leader. Shumon is assistant. When we don't have a temple assistant Shumon and...