Well, it is summer vacation season, and this week my wife and I have eight relatives from the U.S. visiting us in Japan for the first time. It is quite a diverse group, including my older sister and her husband, a teenage boy and two six year olds. So, I have been taking them all around Tokyo and Kamakura, to places that might interest each of them -- from the Sumo matches, to spots from the manga and anime worlds, to playgrounds, to temples and shrines.
I don't think that there is much difference in traveling with family as a "Zen guy" from anyone's family vacations. Maybe it makes one more accepting of the little stresses of travel, like the missed trains and rainy days and inevitable little mishaps. Oh, and I guess it means that some of the relatives will be talked into sitting a little Zazen with their "Zen guy" uncle, like today (I think they really did well for the first time). [Click through for more, and to "sit-a-long" with today's video.]
There is no particular profound lesson in this, besides to just enjoy the company of loved ones, whether an easy group of people (like my lovely family this week) or some more difficult folks as found in about any family. Just go with the flow of life's trip... even when that includes taking a family trip.
Today's Sit-A-Long video follows.Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.
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This page contains a single entry by Jundo published on August 3, 2010 12:24 AM.