Today I was in the antiquarian bookshop, here in this city. Finally I asked, where I find books about Buddhism. The seller referred me to the basement. I discovered then in a corner full of books about Christianity, still yet a few about Buddhism. And amidst this poor assortment one about Zen from abbot Muho, who leads the Zen monastery Antaiji. Under “other religions“, after the “Tibetan Book of the Dead” and before the “Book of Mormon”. And more over there: “Buddha” – the middle between “world history” and “autogenic training”, haha …
Secret Sangha members,
residing in the han of the
Ho-Sen Zendo, Lucerne…
A han is a heavy solid board
of wood hung by the front door
of the zendo. It is used to
pronounce p.e. the beginning of the zazen.
Once a friend requested a certain picture from me. Out of that was created the “RESTROOM BUDDHA I”. It was never planned, that ever someone knows, who stands behind that, however, it have gone differently. Trough this fact, a second request from someone other reaches me: a picture against those who like to stand up while peeing. So today, finally, the “RESTROOM BUDDHA II” is finished.
To my astonishment I stumbled about this Wikipedia article, only a few days ago: Wikipedia: Toilet god. Toilet gods trough the cultures, even in Japan, which is closely connected to the practice of Zazen. There they are called “kawaya kami”. Wow.
So I can heave a sigh of relief that I haven’t done something very bad? Loool…