First, two event reminders/updates:
1. This coming Friday, July 1st, the annual memorial service for Tenzan Toyoda Rokoji (1947-2001) will be conducted at 3717 N. Ravenswood, #113, Chicago. Toyoda Sensei, who immigrated from Japan to Chicago in 1974, was a dharma successor of the late Tenshin Tanouye Roshi in the line of Omori Sogen Roshi. A lay Zen master and teacher of Aikido, he spent his career working to transmit our Zen lineage, as well as traditional Japanese martial and cultural arts, to the West. This year marks the 10th anniversary of his death.
Aikido students will practice in Toyoda Sensei's honor from 5:45-6:45pm; the ceremony will start promptly at 7pm. Please dress appropriately (training uniform, or modest clothing). Following there will be internal training and meditation.
2. Update: the July 2-3 monastery work weekend at Korinji has been canceled. Again, a professional crew will be on site July 18-22 working to construct the soffit and fascia of our roof and to drop in our new windows. We'll be on hand to assist the crew, and welcome you to join us. Please contact Korinji to volunteer (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Second, we're thrilled to announce the results of the recent Fall-a-thon fundraiser. This past Saturday, 11 Aikido students performed 1,958 falls and raised just under $10,000.00 in pledges for Korinji. There are still a few fallers needing to make-up their sessions so final numbers will change...but for now, thank you to these martial artists whose sweat and effort have helped fund Korinji. It is fitting, as we approach the 10th anniversary of Toyoda Sensei's death, to recognize that without these Aikidoists Korinji would not be taking form as it is today...