Clare Mathias - Kōya Shōsei
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(posted on 15 Nov 2015)

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!