June 29

Originally I wanted to write about my purpose and what it means to be a monk because of these thoughts I’d been having. I was attending at a funeral in the village where I was born and I had two simultaneous feelings:

A quiet and overwhelming realization that we are alive (which took me by surprise).

A realization that despite the overwhelming nature of my current perspective, I might be the only one appreciating it.

-Missei Shirakawa, “Monk: Revival Of The Film Adaptation.