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    Tornado in Tsukuba

    Hi Jundo
    Heard the breaking new of a devastating tornado in your vicinity. Please let us know how things are. Much metta to you, your family and all those who have suffered as a result.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/10229448

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Bro, are you ok?!!!

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Hope all is well with you Jundo and family.
    Gassho
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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    I understand Jundo is outside of the city and judging by the video here it seems it was in town:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17974487

    http://newsblogged.com/video-tornado-ts ... ge-youtube

    Still won't feel better until we hear from him. Last post from him was about 3 hours before the tornado hit but they are probably experiencing power outages now it seems.

    Anyone have a mobile number for him?

    With Metta,

    Dokan

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Sending much metta and hoping everything is okay.

    Please Jundo, let us know everything is okay with you and your family.

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Metta to him and all in town. Someone please post when his condition is known

    Daido

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    Much metta to everyone who is directly or indirectly affected by the tornado.

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Just awoke to hear the news directly from my mother-in-law in Japan
    Hope that the Kohen family is safe from harm!
    Much Metta to all those who have been affected by this tragedy _/_

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Small update. Being in Texas we see a lot of tornadoes. While their devastation is massive, it is also very localized. I've been scouring the internet on this topic all morning and I've discovered a few facts:

    1. It seems to be in the northern part of Tsukuba (Near Hojo)
    2. I believe Jundo must be somehow near the University as many of the students frequent his zazen groups.
    3. The University is in Tsukuba City and so a decent distance away from Hojo.
    4. There is no power even near the University (Read a blog by a student there). So maybe Jundo can't communicate at the moment.
    5. Knowing Jundo, with the big heart he has, I'm sure he's doing what he can to help those affected.

    Much metta to those involved,

    Dokan

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    I pray that Jundo and his family are well - perhaps experiencing a utility outage. Dokan, thanks for doing some research on the tornado zone and Jundo's location. This is an important occasion to say metta for those affected by this tornado, and all those whose lives are affected by natural disasters. I hope Jundo, his family, and the residents of Tsukuba are safe at this moment. He will communicate as soon as he is able....

    Gassho,
    Yugen

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Hello,

    just a quick update: Jundo and his family are fine. To quote the man himself: "A tornado hit in our neighborhood, about 5 minutes by car from here. Much damage there, but all is fine here. Such is life, fate, Karma."

    Once he's finished with his dokusan schedule, I am sure he'll write a quick update himself.

    All the best and gassho,

    Hans Chudo Mongen

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Thank you Dokan for all the research you shared with us! Also, thank you Mongen for the update from Rev. Jundo!
    These both bring a little peace of mind during such a scary time _/_

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    Dear All,

    We are fine, thank you for your concern. The power came back on about an hour ago. We saw the Tornado funnel cloud pass almost right over our heads, and it did touch down in our neighborhood, about 5 minutes by car from here. A lovely old part of town with ancient houses was destroyed, a boy killed. We sit for them. Many of those people had just recovered from the earthquake last year.

    I am from Florida, so rather used to such news. I do chalk it up to life, fate, Karma. However, if I ever do have a chance to meet God face-to-face, I will be sure to tell him that I think he did a wonderful job in engineering this planet ,,, but it would have been oh so nicer without tornadoes, earthquakes and a few other things.

    Gassho, J

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    To experience such traumatic events one after another must be very, very hard. I hope there is counseling for post traumatic stress. And even though it thankfully passed over you, it must still be very hard for you and your family to assimilate everything affecting your home area. Much metta. Gassho, Grace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graceleejenkins
    To experience such traumatic events one after another must be very, very hard. I hope there is counseling for post traumatic stress. And even though it thankfully passed over you, it must still be very hard for you and your family to assimilate everything affecting your home area. Much metta. Gassho, Grace.
    The stuff of life.

    In Florida, I sat Zazen all night in a closet as a hurricane smashed the windows in our house and lifted part of the roof off. Last year, the many earthquakes and nuclear disaster. Our daughter got sick. In between ... sunny and rainy days.

    Some days sunny, some days rain ... some days, unfortunately, tornadoes. All just the passing weather.

    Reminds me of a friend of one of our members who is a former park ranger in Hawaii, one of the few (2 or 3?) living humans beings to survive falling into a pool of active volcano lava up to his thighs. It was so hot, it was not a normal burn and he made an amazing recovery ... after walking several miles on burned legs to get to a hospital, then a long hospitalization.

    Despite that, he still loves the volcanoes, lives right next to the lava flows and kept working.

    So, I asked the guy what he had learned from the experience.

    He said something like, "Well, try to watch where you are walking." 8)

    Hope you are feeling a bit better too, Grace.

    Gassho, J

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    So, I asked the guy what he had learned from the experience.

    He said something like, "Well, try to watch where you are walking."
    A most beautiful and profound answer! _/_

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Dear Jundo,

    Thank you for the update. I guess I speak for all here, we are grateful you and your family are okay.

    We sit for the ones who are suffering today and please let us know if we can donate to the Red Cross or some local charity to help rebuild the lost homes.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo
    Dear All,

    We are fine, thank you for your concern. The power came back on about an hour ago. We saw the Tornado funnel cloud pass almost right over our heads, and it did touch down in our neighborhood, about 5 minutes by car from here. A lovely old part of town with ancient houses was destroyed, a boy killed. We sit for them. Many of those people had just recovered from the earthquake last year.

    I am from Florida, so rather used to such news. I do chalk it up to life, fate, Karma. However, if I ever do have a chance to meet God face-to-face, I will be sure to tell him that I think he did a wonderful job in engineering this planet ,,, but it would have been oh so nicer without tornadoes, earthquakes and a few other things.

    Gassho, J

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoyu
    So, I asked the guy what he had learned from the experience.

    He said something like, "Well, try to watch where you are walking."
    A most beautiful and profound answer! _/_
    Yes, beautiful.

    Glad you are all okay. This evening, I will sit with those suffering, especially the parents of the child who died.

    Gassho,
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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Just saw this thread after seeing a post from Dokan on Facebook...very glad to hear he and the family are ok, but very sad to hear of the fatality and the others injured. Metta to all victims of war and terrorism and natural events.

    Deep bows.

    Gassho,
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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Glad you are all OK. What a 12 months!!!!?!

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Just heard of all this, much Metta to all families touched by the tornado and especially to the family of the boy who died. Metta for all treeleafers to endure the tornadoes, may be them made of wind, or made of thoughts . Glad our teacher and his family is fine.

    Gassho

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    In my prayers Jundo.

    It seems as though Mother Earth is really POed of late. Well, it's not like we haven't been warned over the years. Selfishness and greed has to take its toll.

    Peace. Om. Shanti. Metta. Amen...whatever it takes, I will do.

    Seishin Kyrill

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    I am glad to hear that you and your family are ok. Much metta to those suffering from the effects of the tornado.

    Gassho,
    Ekai

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    I'm glad you and the fam are ok. My prayers go out to Tsukuba.

    Gassho

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    Jundo,
    So glad you and your family are ok....much metta to those who are suffering from this.
    Gassho,
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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Relieved you and your family are safe Jundo.
    Metta to all affected by the tornado, especially the family of the boy who died.
    _/|_

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Quote Originally Posted by lipor
    Metta for all treeleafers to endure the tornadoes, may be them made of wind, or made of thoughts .
    Tornadoes of thought..... how well put. They can cut swaths of destruction as profound as natural storms.

    I am glad you and your family are safe Jundo. Metta to all whose lives are devastated by storms of nature and the mind.

    A deep bow
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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Jundo;

    We were away all day. Just got home to hear of the tornado; glad to hear you are safe and well.
    gassho

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    Man! Sorry to hear this news and my thoughts are with the family of the boy.
    Tonights sit in his memory and to the citizens of Tzukuba. Take care of the little ones.

    Gassho, Louis

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    It is good to hear you and your family are all OK! Metta to all those who are effected by storms and other events like these.

    Gassho,
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    Thank you, everyone. This is also serving (as did the earthquake and Tsunami last year) to bring our small community together. Folks in the town are signing up to take turns to go help with the cleanup.

    Here are some photos of the damage to the town from the tornado. A few miles away, where we are, no damage at all. Such is life/fate/Karma ... the way the wind blows.







    We sit for folks today.

    Gassho, J

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo
    We sit for folks today. Gassho, J
    Every day.

    Sorry to hear this news for all affected, but also relieved to hear you and your family are well.
    Gassho. Hogo.

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    There I was stressing about my car breaking down, thank you Jundo for the reality check.
    I sat for you guys last night and folk affected by natural disasters. You are all in my thoughts.

    Gassho
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    Glad to hear you are OK.
    Will sit for everyone in Tsukuba,

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    Tornado in Tsukuba

    _/_

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    Re: Tornado in Tsukuba

    I am glad you and your family are alright, Jundo.

    They say natural disasters everywhere are on the rise, and we can see this is so...possibly because they are a reflection of all of the turbulence inside human minds.

    Gassho
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    Quote Originally Posted by murasaki
    I am glad you and your family are alright, Jundo.

    They say natural disasters everywhere are on the rise, and we can see this is so...possibly because they are a reflection of all of the turbulence inside human minds.

    Gassho
    Julia
    A famous Koan about Huineng, the 6th Ancestor ...

    Two monks were arguing about the temple flag waving in the wind. One said, "The flag moves." The other said, "The wind moves." They argued back and forth but could not agree.

    The Sixth Ancestor said, "Dear sirs! It is not the wind that moves; it is not the flag that moves; it is your mind that moves." The two monks were struck with awe.


    So, a big moving wind is mind. It is also air shifting between high and low pressure systems. It is also, as Dogen wrote in Shobogenzo Immo ...

    “The matter is beyond the wind moving and beyond the banner moving: you are the Mind moving.” ... “Of course, your mind may move, but what is more, you yourselves,dear sirs, Move.” Why do we say it in this way? Because That which is moving is ‘Moving’, and because ‘you, dear sirs,’ means you, dear sirs.


    Gassho, J

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    Jundo, Im glad to hear your family is well.
    may the family of the boy who died have peace of mind.

    Gassho, Dojin.

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    Glad to hear you're ok Jundo and fam.

    These pics remind me of the tornado that hit here last April. Had many friends who lost loved ones and homes. Nature has a way of reminding us how small we are. And how we need each other. Metta to all who suffer from storms, both inside and outside.

    gassho
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