Results 1 to 46 of 46

Thread: ANNOUNCEMENT: Dharma Transmission of Fukudō Kokuu

  1. #1

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Dharma Transmission of Fukudō Kokuu

    Dear All,

    Master Dogen wrote in Shobogenzo-Menju, Face-To-Face Transmission ...

    “Then Śākyamuni Buddha, in the order on Vulture Peak in the Western Country, India, among an assembly of millions, picked up an uḍumbara flower and winked. At that time the face of Venerable Mahākāśyapa broke into a smile. Śākyamuni Buddha said, ‘I possess the right Dharma-eye treasury and the fine mind of nirvana. I transmit them to Mahākāśyapa.’”

    ...

    In this way the true ancestral masters of successive generations have each passed on the face-to-face transmission through the disciple regarding the master and the master seeing the disciple. ... When master and disciple have definitely seen each other, have been seen by each other, have given the face-to-face transmission, and have succeeded to the Dharma, that is the realization of the truth which resides in the ancestors’ face-to-face transmission. Thus, master and disciple have directly taken on the brightness of the Tathāgata’s face. In sum, even after thousands of years, or myriad years, or hundreds of kalpas, or koṭis of kalpas, this face-to-face transmission is the appearance of the face of, and the realization of the transmission from, Śākyamuni Buddha. ... Even before a word is comprehended and even before understanding of half a word is transcended, when the master has seen the back of the disciple’s head, and the disciple has regarded the master through the crown of the head, that is the authentic face-to-face transmission
    I am so very pleased to announce that I have bestowed Dharma Transmission upon a Priest of this Sangha, Andrew Fukudō Kokuu (福道 石宇) McLellan. He is now recognized as a Fully Ordained Priest and Teacher in the Soto Zen Tradition. I hope that you will rejoice with us and so welcome him. This Soto Zen Tradition continues from generation to generation in this manner.

    He joins his Transmitted Dharma Siblings in this Lineage, Jindō Shōkai Maxwell, Hondō Kyōnin Barros and Gendō Jinkan Powers. I also confirm that all aspects of Rev. Jinkan's Dharma Transmission (as previously announced) have also now been fully completed. Thus, let us once again welcome Jinkan too, as a Fully Ordained Priest and Teacher in the Soto Zen Tradition and this Lineage.

    As such, their work here at Treeleaf is done, and they are free to go where they wish to establish their own Sangha and their own students. There is no need for them to remain here now, at Treeleaf. That being said, it is my understanding that they wish to stay, and in that, I rejoice and so welcome them. Perhaps not much will so visibly change, and they just remain the same three beautiful gentlemen as always. Please know that, should anything ever happen to me whereby I am unable to continue my own role at Treeleaf, this place would be in the good hands of Shokai, Kyonin, Kokuu and Jinkan, and their successors.

    The Ceremony of Dharma Transmission is traditionally conducted privately and face-to-face, only between Teacher and Disciple, as was done in these cases. This Soto Zen Tradition continues from generation to generation in this manner.

    Master Dogen has written ...

    In conclusion, the great truth of the Buddhist Ancestors is nothing other than a face giving and a face receiving, and the reception of a face and the giving of a face, beyond which there is nothing surplus and nothing lacking. We should rejoice in, delight in, believe in, and serve whatever has had the opportunity to meet this face-to-face transmission, even if it is our own features
    Nine Bows, Chigen Jundō (知原 純道)



    ~~~~~~~~~

    A Haiku I stumbled upon by Kokuu ...

    one footstep
    after another
    temple bell
    Last edited by Jundo; 11-30-2022 at 01:58 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  2. #2
    Wonderful news! Congratulations Kokuu! And congratulations again Jinkan!


    Tairin
    Sat today and lah
    泰林 - Tai Rin - Peaceful Woods

  3. #3
    Congratulations, Kokuu. I’m very happy for you, and honored to be able to continue to practice with and learn from you.
    Gassho,
    Mateus
    Satlah

  4. #4

  5. #5
    Awesome! I'm so happy for you, Kokuu.
    And congratulations, Jinkan!

    Gassho

    Nenka
    ST
    Last edited by Nenka; 12-01-2022 at 06:36 PM.

  6. #6
    I am deeply honoured to take my place as a dharma successor of Chigen Jundō Roshi, in the lineage of my dharma 'grandfather', Gudō Wafu Nishijima (1919-2014), and dharma 'great-grandfather', Zuigaku Rempo Niwa (1905-1993).

    I wish to extend my huge thanks to Jundo for ten years of excellent teaching and guidance (not to mention patience!), helping me to understand and (hopefully) embody the truth of this way, and for the opportunity to serve at Treeleaf and beyond. I am also incredibly grateful for the support of my wonderful dharma brothers and sisters in the priest training programme, and to all of our equally wonderful lay members, many of whom I consider friends.

    As Jundo says, I have no plans to go anywhere, and teachers do not spring fully formed out of dharma transmission but take time to learn. I may, however, give a few more talks. Otherwise, I just want to continue to serve the sangha and enjoy practicing with you as normal.

    With the deepest of bows to all of you. Thank you for your continuing practice. Treeleaf is what we all make it

    passing the flame
    from one warm hand
    to another —
    in the light of the autumn moon
    nothing is hidden



    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday-
    Last edited by Kokuu; 11-30-2022 at 02:55 AM.
    ------------------------------------
    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

  7. #7
    Congratulations Kokuu!

    My first sit here was with a recording of one of the Ryaku Fusatsu Kokuu leads. I was very nervous to sit with all of you, and I was fighting a lot of anxiety in joining here at Treeleaf.
    But that sit just felt like coming home. It felt like I'd said all those words before, although they were all truly foreign to me.

    I appreciate you, Kokuu. I would not be walking this path without you. (Or any of you here)

    Gassho,
    Nengyoku
    SatLah
    Thank you for being the warmth in my world.

  8. #8
    Just fantastic news! Well deserved and congratulations!

    You and JinKan are wonderful additions to the linage.

    Nine Bows

    Gassho, Shinshi

    SaT-LaH
    空道 心志 Kudo Shinshi
    I am just a priest-in-training, any resemblance between what I post and actual teachings is purely coincidental.
    E84I - JAJ

  9. #9
    I should add (thank you, Shinshi, for reminding me) that these ceremonies for Kokuu and Jinkan were carried out on my Teacher, Nishijima Roshi's, birth anniversary ...

    ... 29 November, 1919.

    Well, nothing could be closer to the way of Nishijima, seeking to bring our Traditions and Practices out from monastery walls, while opening doors to all good priests.

    Nine Bows, Jundo

    stlah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  10. #10
    Congratulations Kokuu!!

    Gassho

    Zenkon

  11. #11
    Congratulations Kokuu and Jinkan!
    Deep bows.

    Kotei sat/lah today.

    義道 冴庭 / Gidō Kotei.
    Being a novice priest doesn't mean that my writing about the Dharma is more substantial than yours. Actually, it might well be the other way round.

  12. #12
    Lovely!!

    Congratulations Kokuu and Jinkan!

    '' May we awaken from our forgetfulness and realize our true home.''

    In Peace with Nine Bows,

    Anchi
    Life itself is the only teacher.
    一 Joko Beck


    STLah
    安知 Anchi

  13. #13
    Such great news! My sincere congratulations to brothers Kokuu and Jinkan!

    Gassho
    Washin
    stlah
    Kaidō (皆道) Every Way
    Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
    ----
    I am a novice priest-in-training. Anything that I say must not be considered as teaching
    and should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.

  14. #14
    Congratulations Kokuu and Jinkan!
    Gassho, Kiri
    Sat/Lah
    希 rare
    理 principle
    (Nikos)

  15. #15
    congratulations, Kokuu ! This news made me very happy..

    and thank you for this poem:

    passing the flame
    from one warm hand
    to another —
    in the light of the autumn moon
    nothing is hidden



    aprapti

    sat

    hobo kore dojo / 歩々これ道場 / step, step, there is my place of practice

    Aprāpti (अप्राप्ति) non-attainment

  16. #16

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Dharma Transmission of Fukudō Kokuu

    Congratulations, Kokuu Roshi and Jinkan Roshi. Many gasshos.

    Gassho,

    Ryūmon (Kirk)

    sat
    Last edited by Ryumon; 11-30-2022 at 07:54 PM.
    流文

    I know nothing.

  17. #17
    Congratulations Kokuu and Jinkan!

    Deep bows.

    Koushi
    STLaH
    理道弘志 | Ridō Koushi

    Please take this novice priest-in-training's words with a grain of salt.

  18. #18
    Congratulations Rev. Kokuu!
    Deep bow
    Gassho

    Rocío
    ST

  19. #19
    This really put a smile on my face! Congratulations Kokuu and Jinkan!

    Gassho

    Risho
    -stlah
    Last edited by Risho; 11-30-2022 at 05:56 PM.

  20. #20
    Wonderful news! I am happy to celebrate this with our sangha and congratulate Kokuu and Jinkan! Many thanks and bows to them for their practice and service to others.
    Gassho,
    Naiko
    st lah

  21. #21
    Treeleaf Unsui Nengei's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Location
    Minnesota's Driftless Area
    My heart is made warmer with this wonderful news. Nine bows to you both, dear Kokuu and Jinkan.

    Gassho,
    Nengei
    Sat today. LAH.

  22. #22
    By all the Buddhas!

    This is so auspicious! I am so happy and humbled by this.

    From the bottom of my heart, congratulations to Kokuu and Jinkan. The Buddhadharma is well cared for.

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Sat/LAH
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

  23. #23
    I am really happy for you both, my most sincere congratulations

    Gassho, Tomás
    Sat&LaH

  24. #24
    Congratulations, Kokuu and JinKan! This is wonderful. You both have taught me by example.

    Gassho,
    Onkai
    Sat lah
    美道 Bidou Beautiful Way
    恩海 Onkai Merciful/Kind Ocean

    I have a lot to learn; take anything I say that sounds like teaching with a grain of salt.

  25. #25
    Congratulations, Kokuu and Jinkan!

    Deep Bows

    Myosho
    Sat and lah

  26. #26
    Congratulations! Nice to have so many transmitted teachers here

    Sat/lah


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    _/_
    Rich
    MUHYO
    無 (MU, Emptiness) and 氷 (HYO, Ice) ... Emptiness Ice ...

    https://instagram.com/notmovingmind

  27. #27
    Such wonderful news. Congratulations Kokuu. You made me feel very welcome when I first joined.
    And to Jinkan again, congratulations!

    Deep bows
    Anna
    satlah

  28. #28
    Congratulations to both of you. May your path forward be of benefit to all.

    Thank you for this commitment

    Doshin
    St

  29. #29
    Just a few minutes ago, before I saw this page, I congratulated Kokuu on his "upcoming" dharma transmission. Well, it has already happened! Like many people here, this news put a smile on my face and warmed my heart. During my over a year here, I've had so much help from Kokuu and I don't think I can repay his kindness. So, congratulations again! And of course, I'm happy to congratulate Jinkan!

    The subtle teaching, the Treasure of the Eye of the True Dharma is now once again in safe hands, as it has been for centuries.

    Gassho,
    Doğukan
    sat.

  30. #30
    Congratulations Kokuu! So pleased to see this news.

  31. #31
    Member Onka's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2019
    Location
    Rural Queensland, so-called Australia
    Deep bows to you Kokuu
    Onka
    穏 On (Calm)
    火 Ka (Fires)
    Call me Onka. Call me Anna. Call me whatever you want but please get my pronouns correct which are They/She.

  32. #32
    Congrats Kokuu. I have been practicing for 7 years and wondering what helped you. Few questions (to either you or Jundo)

    - How long have you been practicing Zen? (you mentioned 10 years at treeleaf, curious how long before)
    - How many retreats did you sit and on the average how long are they?
    - How long did you work with Jundo?
    - What do you think are the main things that helped you in attaining the way?

    Also curious if our online dharma transmission is recognized by Sotoshu (or whatever the official organization is). How does Jundo decide to give it? Is it once they see the student has dropped off body-mind? Or even few years of practice after that?

    Gassho,
    Sam

  33. #33
    "The place, the way, has not carried over from the past and it is not merely arising now."

    Nine bows.

    gassho
    ds sat
    Visiting unsui, take w/salt.

  34. #34
    Since you asked about me too ...

    Quote Originally Posted by shikantazen View Post
    ... Few questions (to either you or Jundo)

    - How long have you been practicing Zen? ...
    Coming up to 40 years soon.

    - How many retreats did you sit and on the average how long are they?
    Dozens and Dozens, ranging from a few days to several weeks in length. Sometimes we practice long and hard, all to realize that it is never a matter of length of time or measure.

    - How long did you work with Jundo?
    62 years, in this lifetime anyway.

    - What do you think are the main things that helped you in attaining the way?
    Keeping going, seeking to do better and the best I could ... not too tight nor too loose ... all while coming to realize that there is no where to go but here, nothing to attain but this, nothing lacking and nothing in need of repair ... even as we seek to fix what needs fixing.

    Also curious if our online dharma transmission is recognized by Sotoshu (or whatever the official organization is).
    Sotoshu, as the religious organization of Japan, has no say or interest in perhaps 8 out of 10 Dharma Transmissions in the West among all Lineages. Their main concern is in certifying priests, usually the sons of priest fathers, to inherit the family temple in Japan. Since most westerners have no interest or expectation of inheriting a temple in Japan to serve as a parish priest, few bother with Sotoshu. Maybe 20% of western priests do register with Sotoshu (the Deshimaru Lineage does so), as some kind of "foreign missionary." Most have no interest in that.

    The Soto Zen Buddhist Association in North America is not a certifying body. However, several of our Treeleaf Priests are members. I left there in protest (though it was rather mutual), primarily of their refusal to recognize the waver of non-residential training for priests facing great physical disabilities and like hardships.

    How does Jundo decide to give it? Is it once they see the student has dropped off body-mind? Or even few years of practice after that?
    There are many factors which go into such decision. Even in the old days, I believe that teachers saw a student and knew how much they had embodied the wisdom and compassion of this path by their words and actions.

    Gassho, J

    stlah
    Last edited by Jundo; 12-06-2022 at 12:28 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  35. #35
    Hi Sam

    Good questions!

    Congrats Kokuu.
    Thank you!

    - How long have you been practicing Zen? (you mentioned 10 years at treeleaf, curious how long before)
    Zen, just the ten years at Treeleaf, however I have been engaged in Buddhist practice since 1997, so twenty-five years in total, including Theravada and several Tibetan Buddhist traditions (Gelug, Kagyu and sitting with a local Nyingma group). I lived in a Tibetan Buddhist dharma centre for six months at one point.

    - How many retreats did you sit and on the average how long are they?
    I don't know if you know, but I have a chronic illness that means I have difficulty in leaving my apartment. This has been the case for the last ten years. However, before that I did attend some retreats. I did a week long silent retreat, several other week retreats, a month long retreat when I lived in a dharma centre, a number of five day self-guided retreats at home, and a few Rohatsu weekends. They were all good experiences but not as important for me as day-to-day sitting and practicing with my illness and all of life.

    - How long did you work with Jundo?
    Ten years.

    - What do you think are the main things that helped you in attaining the way?
    Faith, trust and practice. Reading lots of teachers who have practiced a lot, and then practicing a lot. Also, having good teachers and interacting with others who are practicing. Being of service to the community. Have I attained the way? I don't know, but I think I have some grasp of what 'this' is, 'this' being reality and Zen practice, which are not separate.

    Also curious if our online dharma transmission is recognized by Sotoshu (or whatever the official organization is). How does Jundo decide to give it? Is it once they see the student has dropped off body-mind? Or even few years of practice after that?
    I don't believe it is, and since the Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA) does not recognise my online ordination, I doubt they do either. To be honest, I am not one for official stamps of recognition and see priest training and eventual transmission as a covenant of trust between student and teacher, which is also verified by the sangha they serve. I have no plans to have an official position that is recognised by either Sotoshu or the SZBA. I just want to help people.

    I hope that helps, Sam. I will be giving a talk about transmission soon, which will hopefully answer some other questions both you and others have. I can also say that transmission was never a goal I had when I started at Treeleaf, or something to attain. My approach has been to dedicate to my practice and helping others, and I would do that with or without transmission, and with or without ordination. The robe and transmission documents allow me to help in more ways I think, and I hope not to discredit either of those, but practice is practice, and service is service. Life is full and complete just as it is.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -satabitovertheweekend!-
    Last edited by Kokuu; 12-05-2022 at 09:05 AM.
    ------------------------------------
    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

  36. #36
    I hope that helps, Sam. I will be giving a talk about transmission soon, which will hopefully answer some other questions both you and others have. I can also say that transmission was never a goal I had when I started at Treeleaf, or something to attain. My approach has been to dedicate to my practice and helping others, and I would do that with or without transmission, and with or without ordination. The robe and transmission documents allow me to help in more ways I think, and I hope not to discredit either of those, but practice is practice, and service is service. Life is full and complete just as it is.

    ... and this is why you will make such a good priest. Thank you for being a dear friend both here and away from Tree Leaf.
    The Haiku is beautiful

    Gassho

    Jinyo

    Sat today

  37. #37
    Others here have expressed their joy for Kokuu's transmission so eloquently.

    I saw a few comments of how much Kokuu has helped them on their journey -- I'm in that league also, for "a few" years.

    Nine Deep Bows

    Gassho2, meian st

    Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
    迷安 | Meian
    優婆塞 | Ubasoku
    ---------------------------------
    I speak only from my own experiences. Nothing I say is Dharma.

  38. #38
    Congratulations Kokuu!

    Gassho, Jishin, ST, LAH

  39. #39
    Member Yuki's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Chicoutimi, Québec, Canada
    Congratulations Kokuu! Félicitations !

    Sitting in your company at Tonglen Practice is a real privilege ; your kind presence always soothe my mind. Merci !

    Mokushō 黙唱

    Sat today

  40. #40
    Member Seishin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    La Croix-Avranchin, Basse Normandie, France
    Congratulations Kokuu and Jinkan.

    Deep Bows to you both.

    Sat


    Seishin

    Sei - Meticulous
    Shin - Heart

  41. #41
    Thanks Kokuu and Jundo for answering my questions. Apologies about the retreat question Kokuu, I didn't know about your illness.

    Wish you best with your practice and helping others.

    Gassho,
    Sam
    ST

  42. #42
    I want to add my warmest congratulations to both Kokuu and Jinkan on their ordination. I so appreciated both of your dharma talks during Rohatsu.
    Deep bows and Gassho.
    Margaret
    St

  43. #43
    Excellent news! Congratulations to all.

    Sat Today
    Choboku

  44. #44
    Congratulations Kokuu and Jinkan,
    Welcome to the "no pinch of salt " group here at Treeleaf.
    I've had an interest in meditation , things Buddhist and especially Zen, for many many years. i'm not really sure when it started but, suspect the big trigger was in 1962 when I read "the Seven Great Religions of the World." For many years working in the Telephone industry involved a fair amount of travelling and living in hotels tha all had that Buddhist book in the top drawer of the night stand; I spent hours reading and re-reading that book.
    My first official encounter with Zazen was in a small temple in Urawa, Saitama prefecture, Japan from August 1994 to March of 1995 after which I attended zazen sessions at Shokoji in Yamane-cho in Horoshima for five years. After returning to Canada in 1999 I kept searching on-line until finding Treeleaf in 2007. I monitored the activity, and watched Jundo's almost weekly videos that have evolved into the comprehensive compendium of resources we have today and finally registered in 2009. The rest is documented history.
    During my time with Treeleaf I've corresponded with a number of people but, there are two which upon first blush I got a special feeling about. One was a young fellow named Ian Kilroy who now leads Buddhism Ireland as Myozan and the other was Andy McLellan, whom we are celebrating his transmission as Fukudō Kokuu. I feel extremely honoured to have worked with both these exemplary individuals. I have not personally spoken to Jinkan however but, I get the same impression about him from reading his contributions in the forum. It gives me great Joy to see how all three of them have grown and matured over the few short years.
    gassho, Shokai
    stlah
    Last edited by Shokai; 12-09-2022 at 03:41 AM.
    合掌 仁道 生開 - gassho, Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    一期一会 ("Ichi-go ichi-e," 'each single encounter is the one meeting') - "One Moment in Time"

  45. #45

  46. #46
    Congratulations Kokuu and Jinkan.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •