This piece is called Gassho and is dedicated to my teacher Rev. Dr. Mark Unno and his father Rev. Dr. Taitetsu Unno.
The elder Reverend Unno was my teacher Senpai Reverend G. Lewis-Bastías’ teacher. I had the fortune to meet Dr. Unno – and have benefited greatly from his teachings and his writings and from the teachings and writings and steady presence of his son, my teacher Rev. Dr. Mark Unno.
For more information about 13th generation Shin Buddhist priest Rev. Dr. Taitetsu Unno and his son – Rev. Dr. Mark Unno- also a Shin Buddhist priest, please see:
For more information about Senpai Reverend G. Lewis-Bastías, the Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut, and the Shin path of Buddhism – http://bffct.org/bff/
On the first Father’s Day after Rev. Dr. Taitetsu Unno made his Great Transition – Mark wrote the following:
In the heart of the universe, and thus in my heart, my father and I are one, forever and ever and ever.
As all beings are one with me, and I am led to become one with all beings.
And here they are – Tai and Mark – two hands sharing one body
In Buddhist practice – Gassho means Gratitude and Unity and Gratitude for the Unity that includes us just as we are. Gassho is at once a holy gesture and a state of mind.
I found these rocks separately – on 2 separate walks- though on the same shore line. At the time I was collecting the rocks I call pointy- fingers and hands.
These “hands” demonstrate the oneness of all reality. We see them as two – however they clearly began as one. And remain one when we acknowledge this oneness – the same way we acknowledge that grains of sand are sand.
Recently I discovered a very small trilobite fossil on the palm of each hand. (It is easier to see if the rock is wet or with the aid of a magnifying glass.) That animals lived and died and fossilized between these “two hands” brings to mind the image of “He holds the whole world in his hands.” And except for the “He” part – that could be the true meaning of Namu Amida Butso.