For this Fusatsu (Renewal of Vows ceremony) Zuisei Sensei speaks of sacred space as the ground in which atonement and vow become possible. It is, to borrow Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s words, “A sanctuary in time”—a place and period which is both distinct from and equal to the everyday. A space full of possibility.
Correction: The opening quote, attributed to Charles Chu, is actually by Margaret Gibson.
Recorded at Zen Mountain Monastery, October 11, 2018