Here is a letter from Joshin Sensei
Sunday, March 10th, from 9h30am to 11h30 am, we will sit quietly, in homage to Moriyama Roshi.
If you cannot come to sit with me, Joshin Sensei, and the French Sangha, we hope you will join us in spirit, to give back to all sentient beings, the good fortune we had to meet a true Dharma teacher.
The right transmission is Sampai- prosternations.
M°Dogen wrote, in the Shobogenzo chapter « Raihai Tokuzui » :
«When one practices supreme and perfect enlightenment, the most difficult task is to get a guide and teacher. That teacher is not in the form of a man or woman but rather will be a person of great resolve, will be just such a person. The teacher is not a person from the past nor a person from the present.
After you have encountered a guide and teacher, you should cast off the myriad distractions and, without losing a moment, devote yourself energetically to pursuing the way.
When you meet a teacher who speaks of supreme enlightenment, you must not consider the teacher’s caste; you must not look to see whether the features of the teacher’s face are pleasing; you must not scorn the teacher’s shortcomings; you must not think about the teacher’s behavior. You should do obeisance and respectfully pay homage to the teacher three times daily .
When you behave in this way [toward your teacher], the path to enlightenment will surely appear... »
When we have the good fortune to meet a true master, M° Dogen's words are alive, and present for us at each moment of our life. Endless gratitude....