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  • Kenzen
    • May 2024

    Shodo Harada Roshi

    I recently seen a documentary on Shodo Harada Roshi . It believed it took place at Cold Mountain Sangha in Washington State during a sesshin. His words are very inspiring and I thought I would share the links to the video. They are on Youtube! It's in seven different parts that I posted on my blog.

  • Jinyu
    Member
    • May 2009
    • 768

    #2
    Re: Shodo Harada Roshi

    Thank you for sharing !

    Gashho
    Jinyu aka Luis aka Silly guy from Brussels

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    • Hogo
      Member
      • Feb 2010
      • 497

      #3
      Re: Shodo Harada Roshi

      Good watching, Thank you for sharing.

      gassho.
      ~Dave

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      • Taigu
        Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
        • Aug 2008
        • 2710

        #4
        Re: Shodo Harada Roshi

        A word of caution everybody...I have great respect for the tradition that Harada roshi represents, student of the great Yamada Mumon Roshi, abbot of Myoshinji and great Koan teacher. The tradition here is Rinzai. The emphasis on abdominal breathing, the need to clear up our mind, to bow in front of that pure nature which pervades everything have a clear taste of a different tradition from the one we practice here. Dogen, the founder of our tradition, never mentions abdominal breathing, never say that only dusting the mirror is it, and that bowing is something special apart from bowing. What I really want to say is what Jundo said already many times, one should not mix traditions, not because some traditions or practice styles are superior to others, but because once you practice too many things, it gets very confusing. One thing at a time. I find what Harada roshi says very touching particularly when he speaks about everyday life, and at the same time I can sense this same intention, effort, will that is one of the flavors of his style, and of many Japanese teachers. I would like to add that I also sense an idealistic edge to his approach, the fact he strictly opposes the self and the pure buddha nature. This, in my limited understanding, is not what is the core of our tradition which is nondual in essence.

        gassho

        Taigu

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        • Jundo
          Treeleaf Founder and Priest
          • Apr 2006
          • 39026

          #5
          Re: Shodo Harada Roshi

          Originally posted by Taigu
          A word of caution everybody...I have great respect for the tradition that Harada roshi represents,... The tradition here is Rinzai. The emphasis on abdominal breathing, the need to clear up our mind, to bow in front of that pure nature which pervades everything has a clear taste of a different tradition from the one we practice here. .... One thing at a time. I find what Harada roshi says very touching particularly when he speaks about everyday life, and at the same time I can sense this same intention, effort, will that is one of the flavors of his style, and of many Japanese teachers. I would like to add that I also sense an idealistic edge to his approach, the fact he strictly opposes the self and the pure buddha nature. This, in my limited understanding, is not what is the core of our tradition which is nondual in essence.

          gassho

          Taigu
          Brother Taigu speaks my mind.

          Gassho, Jundo
          ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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          • Eika
            Member
            • Sep 2007
            • 806

            #6
            Re: Shodo Harada Roshi

            Originally posted by Taigu
            What I really want to say is what Jundo said already many times, one should not mix traditions, not because some traditions or practice styles are superior to others, but because once you practice too many things, it gets very confusing.
            The same is true with music instruction . . . one thing at a time, else one lose track of the coherence of the genre.

            Gassho,
            Eika
            [size=150:m8cet5u6]??[/size:m8cet5u6] We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life---John Cage

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