by James C. Stephens


January 10, 1977

I’m very excited tonight. First we had the grooviest, warmhearted and funny meeting tonight with Mr. Kikumura.  His wisdom and ability to make things so clear through daily life examples is so encouraging. He said to give guidance to our members we first must really know them inside and out, otherwise we’re like a surgeon who operates and starts taking things out the first visit of the patient.

Asked about street shakubuku, he talked and compared Phase one to that of laying a foundation for a tall building. At first it is ugly. You don’t know what to make of it. But eventually it grows and becomes beautiful. Buddhism is changing constantly, but it is also constant. Like a tree from a seed. You don’t prune it like an older fruit tree do you? When it first breaks the soil? No. Different stages, different treatment.

What if you had a $20 bill to give away. Would you find the first person on the street and give it to him? No. You would probably give it to a close friend or relative. No street shakubuku.

To another question where a district chief (Ric Coleman) had 75% Fujimbu (women). That’s healthy. It will grow into something greater. He explained women’s, man’s nature. Also explained district is like a family. So much more.

Afterwards Mr. Bell asked if I wanted to got out and eat. I said, “Sure.” (I only got a cup of coffee since I’m trying to conserve money).

One other thing Mr. Kikumura said was ‘that we could know someone for 10 years and then bang, in an instant they could totally change.

We went to the Penguin, talked to Gary McCarty. World Tribune Correspondent’s meeting the 20th of January 6:30PM at the World Culture Center. Strange, I was talking to Mrs. Bell and mentioned my plans to shakubuku friends in Missoula and she said wow, “you know one of Gary McCarty’s members goes to school there. They’re having two meetings a week. The girl that goes there is Karen Perandozzi. She has five members there.’  To me this is so damned exciting!

Also Fujimbucho (Mrs. Bell) sensed I was attracted to Pat (Kremer). She said, not yet. Give her a chance to get established. That’s not to say you can’t get acquainted with her. But you know what I mean. It’s so much groovier to get to know people on the other level. It also makes it less awkward if the relationship doesn’t turn up to be what you first intended it to be. I agreed and expressed the fact that this is happening to more and more to me.

In fact she suggested that the first article I submit to the World Tribune could be about Pat and Charlotte’s experience in France since I had expressed such an interest in them.

Wuthering Heights

Well, must read Wuthering Heights some more–only 6 more days until our Literary meeting.

12:30 AM.

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