Thank you, all.
Always great to see a full house!
And thanks so much Jakuden, Daizan and Onkai for the good wishes!
Let me add this, for a fellow like me who is rather agnostic or unconcerned (and rather skeptical) on extremely literal beliefs in past lives ...
I am really glad you said that Jundo. I have been thinking about this for a while and wondering what the Zen approach was. When I studied early Buddhism