A Talk by MRO Senior Student Gwitha Kaido Nash, delivered to Zen Mountain Monastery from New Zealand, via Zoom, 8/19/2020
How the Buddha Dharma came to Aotearoa/New Zealand is part of Kaido’s story. Another important aspect is how this now 32-year old Kiwi sangha reflects its own place and time. The sangha made a collective decision to incorporate the cultural restoration of the Maori people, the native New Zealanders, within their own practice and liturgy along with what has been transmitted from the Mountains and Rivers Order. With contemporary writings and relationships, Kaido finds the spiritual teachers of Mauri ancestry speaking of this “formless field of benefaction” as the welcoming nurturance and integrity in which we and all creatures are completely enveloped.
For a moving reflection on the development of our Kiwi sangha over the years, watch this short film made for the 30th anniversary, celebrated in 2018: