November 3, 2011

Dalai Lama Visits Kōyasan University

The Dalai Lama, right, listens to Japan's Koyasan Shingon Buddhism leader Yukei Matsunaga as the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader gives a lecture with Matsunaga at Koyasan University in Koya, Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. Some 850 people gathered to listen to Dalai Lama who visited the Tantric Buddhist headquarters for the first time since 1980, Japan's Kyodo News said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News

This picture gives me a lot of pleasant sensations.

Matsunaga Sensei was one of my professors when I doing research at Kōyasan University in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. When foreigners would come to Mount Kōya, I would sometimes serve as his interpreter. 

Here’s a video with a few things I’ve said about Shingon/Vajrayana.

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  1. Wow Shinzen this is amazing that you started a blog. Its funny because I just started one 3 days ago myself. It has to do with my own inner transformation.

    I will be coming to see you with my fiance when you are giving your speech at the University of Toronto. Hope to meet you in person and exchange a few words if possible.

  2. In this video is the most satisfying definition of enlightenment I've heard. Very simple. Very clear.
    Thank you Shinzen.

  3. i can't help laughing when reading the video title and looking at the picture

    "Vajryana practice is AMAZING! :O"


    and I must agree with what Eileen just said. This definition of enlightenment is very simple and easy to understand.

    Thank you Shinzen!

  4. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.


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