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I have been given the gift of a new name today. It is Kõya Shõsei and translates to 'open field, illuminating vow'. With this beautiful name came a profound poem, which I am slowly beginning to absorb into my being:
The heart holds no obstruction,
the formless field is revealed.
Vow illuminates what we have
always been, clarifies our seeing,
and the seen. Life is fleeting;
there is only the gentle doing now,
the soft voice of winter stillness
sings the dharma blossoms of spring.
I have received the Zen Buddhist precepts today and am now a lay Zen Buddhist practitioner. Now my life begins!