Shohei has decided to leave the priest training.
He is an amazing fellow with a boundless heart and his caring presence has helped and inspired us over the years.
Priests in training do often stop. Many of the priests i sat with 35 years ago have left now. Nothing unusual.
In fact, one can never leave this training, one cannot actually stop this as shikantaza belongs to the timeless. Wherever Shohei goes, whatever he does, he is our brother and friend. We wish him the very best and he knows he is home, here and now, anytime he wishes to visit and sit with us.
Take great care of yourself!