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Ghosts of the Tsunami

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« on: October 20, 2014, 08:25:41 pm »

Kaneda beat the temple drum as he chanted the Heart Sutra:

    There are no eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue,
    no body, mind; no colour, sound, or smell;
    no taste, no touch, no thing; no realm of sight,
    no realm of thoughts; no ignorance, no end
    to ignorance; no old age and no death;
    no end to age and death; no suffering,
    nor any cause of suffering, nor end
    to suffering, no path, no wisdom and no fulfilment.

Ono’s wife told him that he pressed his hands together in prayer and that as the priest’s recitation continued, they rose high above his head as if being pulled from above. The priest splashed him with holy water, and then suddenly he returned to his senses and found himself with wet hair and shirt, filled with a sensation of tranquillity and release. ‘My head was light,’ he said. ‘In a moment, the thing that had been there had gone. I felt fine physically, but my nose was blocked, as if I’d come down with a heavy cold.’
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