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Lions Roar : May 2015
husband Hogen Bays Roshi, told her, “you’re always talking about how we’re making ourselves into bodhisattvas. Here’s your chance.” And he bought her an easy-to-carve substance called Oregon carving stone. Making Jizos came to be a spiritual practice for Bays, and she vowed to make 10,000 of them—a goal she believes that she’s already reached with the help of others. In 2002, the Zen Community of Oregon established Great Vow Zen Monastery in a converted elementary school. Today, a section of what used to be the school cafeteria is used for creating and shipping Jizo statues. Some have a baby in their arms and a child at their feet. Some hold a glass jewel or a rosary. Some are dancing. “For a while, I made pocket Jizos,” says Bays, “little ones that were smooth like stones. People could put them in their pockets and rub them if they were feeling distressed. I’ve made Jizos for twins, where I’ve stuck two Jizos together, and I made triplets for somebody once.” Sangha members at Great Vow help Bays produce the Jizos, but sometimes they can’t keep up with the demand and have to get outside help. “Sending out an army for peace” is what Bays calls fulfilling the orders. She says, “Armies are created for war all over the world, but our Jizos are an army for peace. They go where they’re needed.” Great Vow has a Jizo garden in the forest behind the zendo. Every August they hold a Jizo celebration called “Jizo Bon” and twice annually they offer the mizuko kuyo. Unlike how it’s prac- ticed in Japan, the ceremony at Great Vow is also open to par- ents who have lost older children, even adult children. Mourners are welcome to attend the mizuko kuyo year after year and to visit the Jizo garden whenever they like. “We have one family that comes every year around Christmas,” says Bays, “which is when their child died. They come with their two liv- ing children and bring a poinsettia. The kids make bead neck- laces and put them on a Jizo statue. “Grief lasts as long as it lasts,” says Bays. “There will always be a hole in your heart that’s the shape of that life, which you knew however briefly. People sometimes try to have another child right away, but that hole will never be filled in by anybody else. It will be with you your whole life, but it will soften and get filled in over time. It gets filled with love and happy memories, and with the prayer or hope that the life energy will go on— that it will reemerge in a beneficial place.” ♦ If you do not live in a place where the mizuko kuyo is offered, you can hold your own. There is a step-by-step description of this relatively simple ceremony in Jan Chozen Bays’ book, Jizo Bod- hisattva: Guardian of Children, Travelers, and Other Voyagers (Shambhala Publications, 2003).