VK Keisho Leary
It is with sadness that we share news of the passing of VK Keisho Michael E. Leary, who died peacefully at the California Tendai Buddhist Monastery on April 20, 2015.

His memory was celebrated on Sunday, May 31, at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, California in services led by Reverend Monshin Paul Naamon, Abbot of the Tendai Buddhist Institute.
Staring into the Fire
I can teach you, you can teach me.

I can give knowledge to you and you can give knowledge to me. But we canít give each other wisdom. That comes from within each person. If you heave trivial knowledge overboard and digest beneficial knowledge, if you do this by staring into the sacred fire, then wisdom can begin to illuminate. The fire of wisdom will burn away all obstacles, errors, obscurations, and delusions.

And manzanita burns the hottest.
Keisho appointed a new board to guide the monastery forward, and asked that Rev. Monshin succeed him as abbot of the temple. Plans are under way, and while the temple at Cobb is not open for visitors at this time of transition, all inquiries may be directed to:

Rev. Monshin Paul Naamon
Tendai Buddhist Institute, Tendai-shu New York Betsuin
1525 State Route 295, East Chatham, NY, USA
+1 518-392-7963
California Tendai Mahayana Lineage of Monks

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In Japan the Tendai Sect goes back 1200 years, while here in America we are now pioneering a site chosen for its proximity to a mountain where the ascetic walking meditation (kaihogyo) can be practiced, where a special temple could be built specifically for fire offering (goma), where waterfall purification is possible, and where meditation can be done in seclusion.

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Kayaki Kansho-sama came here from Japan to give a Dharma talk and to dedicate our goma temple to the Tendai Enryaku-ji's HORYU SHUGENDO lineage, with the temple name of 'Hoshu-in'. A 'Hoshu' is a symbolic form of the Cintamani, or Wish-fulfilling Gem, and can be seen in photos of the onion-shaped ornament at the top of our temple building. Also it is visible at the right edge of this photo. The word 'In' means ' a branch temple.
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