It's the last day of February. With the coming of March, the weather is looking more like Spring. I was looking through Dr. Ken Tanaka's book Jewels and came across a passage I would like to share this week.
Value This Moment
"Do not regret what happened in the past.
Do not long for what has yet to come in the future.
By not suffering,
By fully planting oneself in the present
You will be healthy in mind and body."
Dr. Tanaka's comments:
It's true that we are a product of the past and that we must prepare for the future. Many of you are studying or in training in order to realize the dreams you have for the future. However, at each moment we live only in the here and now! The Buddhist teachings help us to live fully in the here and now. We have already seen the modern American version of this passage, which concludes with a clever pun: "Yesterday is history, and tomorrow is a mystery. But this
moment is a gift, and that is why we call it the present!"
Recently I've been longing to travel to Japan. Watching YouTube videos and reading articles, I've been dreaming of a trip to Japan. Which is fine, but at the same time, I need to appreciate "today." I should be happy that I am healthy, have food on my table, have a roof over my head, able to enjoy the sunshine, and most of all, have a great network of family and friends. Arigatai, that is my word for today.
Update on our Time Capsule:
I have sent a request to the temple Board for permission to bury the Time Capsule in the Beer Garden area (under the Oak Tree.) I also asked if we could have the social distanced burial of the capsule on Hanamatsuri day. I will let you know any updates.