Hossen for Hood River Shuso

Teachers@Kengans-HossenOn Sunday, June 14, Kyri Kengan Treiman presented a verse to be examined on as a culmination of her year as shuso for the Hood River Sangha. The Hossen was held at the grange in White Salmon Washington, as the regular Hood River space was too small to accommodate all of the visiting teachers and other Dharma Rain Sangha members who attended. The photograph shows three of the Dharma Rain Lay Teachers: Gyoshi Kaplan, Shintai Dungay, and Fumyo Mishaga, before the ceremony started.

Kengan presented a verse from Fukanzazengi to be questioned on:

Therefore, put aside the intellectual habit of investigating words and chasing phrases, and learn to take the backward step that turns the light and shines it inward. Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will manifest. If you want such a thing, get to work on it immediately.

After Kengan answered questions from many people in attendance, and did many bows, her teacher, Jiko Tisdale, certified that Kengan had passed the test.