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FR. THOMAS HAND

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HANDO LETTERS

The East-West Meditation program at Mercy Center was founded by Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J. (1920-2005). During the nearly 30 years he lived and worked in Japan, Fr. Hand led spiritual retreats, taught English to high school students, and studied Zen meditation with Yamada Koun Roshi, who encouraged Western students to learn Zen practice as a way of deepening their faith. He received the affectionate name "Hando" (meaning 'companion on the way') from his students.

Fr Thomas Hand SJ

Over more than 20 years, Hando corresponded with his friend and Zen mentor Brigitte D'Ortschy, a Roshi in the Sanbo-Kyodan lineage. The curators of Brigitte D'Ortchy's writings have graciously allowed us to post images of letters and postcards that Hando wrote to Brigitte Roshi. These letters, which open a glimpse into Hando's own journey, are a gift to all on the spiritual path.

 

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Pilgrimage in Japan  |  February 1975

An account of a walking pilgrimage to the great Buddhist shrines of Japan. Hando describes, in the light of his training in zen koan practice, deepening insight into Jesus as the truest expression of of Mercy. read

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