Recent times have been a bit uncomfortable for me. A good friends dad died. Not even a week later another good friends cousin died. I have been reading "to meet the real dragon" from Nishijima Roshi in February, and we all know he's not in good health. Just today I discovered that "Dogen Sangha International" does not exist anymore (see Brad Warner Blog http://tinyurl.com/dxbdmgf). All this leaves a strong feeling of impermanence, which is good in some way, even though it might be a bit too present currently.
But what I really want to express is how I feel we have some responsibility to carry on the light of Master Dogens teachings. I'm grateful for this sangha including our teachers, priests in training AND everyone else here. We not all have to become a teacher, but we all form the boat to carry the light through the rough waters of delusion. Thanks you for taking care of the light,