“Ichigo, Ichie”

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The Japanese have a saying, “Ichigo, Ichie.”  Every encounter in life is a unique event.  You cannot re-create the moment because conditions inevitably change within and around one after the experience.  So, appreciate and treasure it.

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Nisky Hill cemetery

Yesterday morning [March 31] was overcast with intermittent drizzle.  Although most of us would prefer sunny days, beauty can be found on such days.

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Ron’s rovings: March 21

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Saturday, 21 March, in the courtyard behind the Sun Inn.  I was walking and came upon these two women who were practicing social distance.  They told me that they regularly walked their children together before the call for social distancing.  They were getting together to share coffee and their recent experiences.  I liked the “No Parking” sign between them.

Ron’s rovings: March 16

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Yoshida 1Memorial Walk at Lehigh on Monday, 16 March.  The beloved or perhaps infamous sculpture by Seward Johnson was decorated with the expected mask and gloves.  What was unexpected was a copy of Camus’s Plague.  Note the date when I took the photo.  An article appeared in the New York Times, two or three days later, that discussed the Plague in the context of our current health crisis.  Bravo to the Lehigh students who thought about this idea before the Times article.  The sign that a good liberal arts education might have taken hold with some of our students.

Ron reflects on his Temple journey

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Ron Yoshida talked about his 88 Temple, 800 mile, 48-day journey in Japan at First Presbyterian last Monday.

He concluded answering three questions.

  • Did the journey restore one’s faith in mankind?

 

  • Do I feel that I honored my grandparents?

 

  • What does it mean to be a Japanese American?

 

The answer to that last question will delight you. Listen in.

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“Please wear the clothes of the Buddha’s great compassion.”
Kukai (Kobo Daishi)

Buddha: “I am the awakened one.”