Soen Roshi

X Letter from EIZAN GOTO ROSHI, 13th Abbot of Ryutakuji, Japan,
Xto Estelle Gerard, for the Contributors of

“On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Soen Roshi’s birth, we appreciate his Zen Buddhist teachings during his stay in the United States. We offered your gift to Soen Roshi.

As one of Soen Roshi’s disciples, I consider it the greatest pleasure. We will treasure it as Ryutakuji’s wealth and will protect it forever. We are grateful from the bottom of our hearts.

As a token of my appreciation, I am presenting you this thought:

Unaware of the great efforts made in the past,*
We must again and again consider their achievements.’’

Ryutakuji, March 19, 2009

*literal translation of this line:
‘In the past, people did not know how much the horse had sweat!’

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