Dear Kosen,

Will you give Roland the chance of explaining to us his point of view, which will make it possible for us to come up with an opinion? This seems to be important to me: I say myself, Kosen is right perhaps, it seems sincere and to base its line on the greatest of ethics. But, I do not imagine Roland in a "treason" to his Master, a search for Japanese recognition, a will to repudiate you by ordering a second time etc... The intentions that you give them, even if the facts are true, are truly theirs? To check so, in the answer of Roland.

I practise in sesshins of Roland and, following your and his agreement, I come to one of your dojos every day. I do not see only one basic difference, not even in the rituals, but simply of different expressions. I am today in a difficult situation since up to then all did well in the greatest respect of the differences and practicing in your dojo and with Roland.

Good to you

Answer from Master Kosen


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