Flower Offering at Saipan
- Last week it was a wonderful experience to attend the Flower Offering
given by Shorin Shaku (Buddhist priest from Japan) at the monument near
the Last Command Post on Saipan, about 60 attended, mostly from Japan.
A temple ceremony also took place on monday at Bonsai Beach not far
way. Many took their own lives during the last days of the battle for
Saipan, being told that if they did not they would not remain
Japanese. I attend and was welcomed as was another American. I have
just returned to the states and will continue my work here in
Brownsville, Texas. I've learned a lot from the experience and it will
always remain with me. Shorin Shaku is a peaceful man and his ceremony
brought peace to all that atteneded.