龍安寺(京都市)、龍興寺(南丹市)とともに臨済宗妙心寺派の三龍寺と呼ばれている亀岡市の龍潭寺。
その住職を務める「潭さん」がお寺の事から京都の事までをご紹介します。

Priest of Ryotanji in Kameoka City.
Ryotanji is among the 3 major temples of Rinzai Myoshin-ji sect
(others are Ryuanji in Kyoto City and Ryuukouji in Nantan City).
Mr. Eguchi whose nickname is Tan-san,
will be sharing his story about his temple and of Kyoto.

江口昌道

昭和47年2月、龍潭寺24世江口宗道の長男として誕生。5才の時に、父親である師匠に就いて得度、僧侶の道をスタートする。
大学卒業後、天龍寺専門道場に入門。平成8年5月に龍潭寺25世住職に就任。現在に至る。
龍潭寺23世 江口快翁が創設した児童養護施設 青葉学園の理事長として社会福祉活動にも力を注ぎ、亀岡市教育委員会教育委員なども務める。

Born in February 1972, as the first son of Ryotanji, he started is path towards Buddhist priest under his father's supervision at the age of 5. After taking 2 years of practical training at Tenryuji after graduating university, in May 1996, he became the 25th priest of the temple that his family had been guarding.
He is actively contributing to the society by running a children's foster home Aoba Gakuen which was established by his grandfather, participating as an educational member of the Board of Education in Kameoka City.

2016.12.22 THURSDAY

Training - Part 1 Sodo

I have previously written on a very strict training. There are two way training is written in Japanese, both has the same sound 'shugyo'; '修業' and '修行'. The former meaning to train academically and the latter physically. A little tip to have.

I will be writing about this topic in several editions. 

Being a priest of Rinzai school, I will stick to our customs. There are of course many Rinzai temples all over the world and each may have their original trainings that differ in detail. There are 41 designated training center in Japan. It is called 'Sodo'.

Shike, the trainer, is located at each Sodo. Shike has been carrying down the words of Buddha throughout the history. There are very few Shike in Japan. They are also called the 'zen master' in English.

Unsui, the trainee, chooses Shike and go to their center. Unsui is taken from a phrase '行雲流水' (kouunryusui) meaning the state in never stopping during the training of zen, like he flow of the cloud and water. Shike and Unsui spends few years at the training center 'Sodo'.

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Numbers of strict rules exist during this period, from annual training program to daily routines such as how to use chopsticks and to wald.

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The rules are said to have come from India and China and have been blended in Japan. The rules are called '叢林清規', sorinshingi. Meditation and daily chores are at the base as well as religious mendicancy, cleaning, silent reading of sutra, tenzo (one of six administrative posts at a Zen temple being in charge of food, etc. matter). I shall be elaborating on these in the following columns.

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