March 26, 2011
The spring garden of Tokei-ji
For the first time after that devastating earthquake, I visited Tokei-ji to pray for the repose and resurgence of all the victims of the tragic disaster and for the recovery and happiness of the Japanese people.
The garden of Zen remained calm and peaceful as ever and was full of the soft bright sunlight of spring and the sweet songs of birds.
Strangely enough, in this quiet garden of spring, it seemed just like something in a bad dream that we had encountered such a catastrophic occurrence and the countless victims of it were still suffering acutely from the sudden destruction of their lives.
I believe the patient and diligent people of our country will surely revive amidst the debris of shattered lives like the spring flowers and plants which begin to grow vigorously after enduring harsh cold winter.
I again express my deepest and sincere sympathies and condolences to all the victims of that heartbreaking catastrophe.