Jisho tried various meditation techniques, healing practices, therapies and other methods in the past in order to resolve anxiety in general. At one point, he realized that his anxiety stemmed from fear of death and not knowing what would happen after death. He then began searching for Truth and satori. Although he had certain experiences and insights through his previous practices, they only satisfied him temporarily and he was returned to searching for Truth.
After exhausting everything he could think of, one day Jisho encountered a book by Gien Inoue Roshi, one of the most prominent Zen masters in modern Japan. Gien Roshi was the teacher of Sekkei Harada Roshi, abbot of Hosshin-ji. Jisho could see that Gien's teaching would put an end to his quest, and became a disciple of Kando Inoue, Gien's son and disciple. Jisho discussed with Kando tirelessly until Jisho mastered zazen--how to sit correctly.
He sat whenever and wherever possible until one night, with "click" (noise made by a clock), "what is already clear (Truth)" was revealed. Kando Roshi confirmed Jisho's kensho (revelation of Truth), and Jisho began teaching.
In his teachings, Jisho aims to support his students so that they become able to sit correctly as quickly and efficiently as possible. He states: "once one learns to sit correctly, all one has to do is continue sitting. Truth will be revealed for anyone as long as one sits."
Jisho often says: "I am now able to tell you about Zen (Truth) because Truth was revealed for me. It's only that Truth was revealed to me before you. So my role is like a guide who tells you 'if you do this, Truth will be revealed,' and 'if you do that, it will not be revealed.'"
(All dates and times are Japan time. We find this time converter site easy to use.)
[March 21] April Zazenkai with Jisho-san:
April 20 (Th) 8:00am (April 19 in N/S America)
April 23 (Sun) 18:00
[March 6] We're on YouTube!
[Jan 19] New weekly zazenkai:
Every Wed night! More info here.
[Jan 19] Upcoming zazenkai with Jisho-san:
Jan 26, 9:00am
Feb 5, 18:00
Feb 23, 9:00am
Mar 19, 18:00 (March 12th cancelled)
Mar 27, 8:00am
Reservations can be made here.
Nov 10 TIME CHANGE
Dec 22 time changed from 8:00am to 9:00am
Mar 15 New Blog Post, "What's really happening?"
Mar 8 New testimonial. What people are saying about zazen with Jisho-san and Madoka.
Mar 3 New blog post! "Form is emptiness and emptiness is form."
Feb 9 We changed our name from "Simply Zen Online" to "Zen Online." Also a new URL.
Feb 7 New Blog Post! "What is Zen?"
Please reserve early. Reservations close 24 hours prior to the start of zazenkai.
We started zazenkai twice a month! See the group zazenkai page for the schedule.
Reservations for online zazenkai and private sessions. Feel free to contact us with questions too.
Take a look at this video for a good introduction to Zen and Zen practice.
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