About 30 people came out for Korinji's benefit event this past Sunday. After zazen, a traditional memorial ceremony was conducted by Meido Roshi. Following that, Aikido students gave us their energy with an hour-long training led by Enmei Hunter Sensei.
A few donations are still coming in, but the total amount raised at this point is over $700.00*...not bad for an impromptu event. Upon advice from contacts on the ground in Japan (as well as the Japanese consulate here in Chicago) Korinji will be donating the entire amount to the Red Cross' Japan earthquake/tsunami recovery fund. Many thanks to everyone!
Here's a recent photo from Korinji to get everyone geared up for the next event on our calendar: the first monastery work weekend of the year on April 2-3.
Don't worry, the snow should be gone by then...
*[UPDATE: the final total from Sunday stood at $715.00, but we've just received a matching donation: our total is now $1430! Thank you!]