Surprised by (post-ordination) Joy

Last night, I met Sensei to pick up the ordination certificate.

He was in town to give a blessing at a local art charity event.

We went over the meanings of the Kanji characters.

I offered him some very high quality green tea, which he will really enjoy.
(you can make it twice)

We parted.

Driving home, there arose a spontaneous surge of joy.

It’s almost as if ordination wasn’t really complete until I had the certificates.
Or the names.
Unknown.

There were no words that preceded, nor that accompanied the joy.

It just came  silently, story-less and unbidden,  on the quiet drive home.

 

 

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4 Responses to Surprised by (post-ordination) Joy

  1. “I offered him some very high quality green tea, which he will really enjoy.
    (you can make it twice).”

    I don’t understand this bit. You can make it … twice?

    • dominic724 says:

      Expensive green tea is quite rich and there is plenty of taste, nutrition and soluble greenness so that one may add hot water to leaves which have already been perfused, and get something tasty, green, still worth drinking after a couple of minutes. Apparently, this is one of the indicators of really good green tea.

      S. bought some such tea as an ordination present a couple weeks ago, and we are drinking it. The comparison with the supermarket green teas which I usually drink … the expensive stuff tastes more like vegetable broth, it’s that rich.

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