On August 9, 2012, Horakuan welcomed 14 Toyooka Elementary School students to learn about Zen Buddhism. The students received a lesson in zazen, chanted sutra, participated in nembutsu (passing prayer beads), copied an image of the Buddha and created an omamori (lucky charm) from their drawings. They listened patiently to a Zen story and learned Zen temple table manners. Two fifth graders acted as our priests for the morning, and led us in sutra chanting. We thank the Toyooka students for visiting us, and hope to see you next year!