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朝比奈宗源 Asahina Sōgen (1891-1979)


Sogen Asahina (1891—1979; Asahina Sogen ) was a Japanese Rinzai Zen master and Chief Abbot of Engakuji in Kamakura, Japan. Asahina-roshi trained a good many Westerners in the Rinzai way, despite not knowing any English. During American occupation of Japan in World War II Asahina-roshi had numerous Western visitors and, at war's end, even traveled to North America sanctioning teachers and priests whom he apparently had very little contact with (such as Kongo Richard Langlois). Engakuji had been open to Westerners before Asahina had ever assumed leadership, as it is the temple of the late Soen Shaku. One of Asahina-roshi's better known students was Yamada Koun , who went on to train with other masters. Considered to hold ultra-nationalist views, in 1974 Asahina-roshi founded the far right Association to Protect Japan. This group sought to rid Japan of what it viewed as biased education and to promote Japanese patriotism.

Zen Notes, July 1954

A Message To Sokei-an's Zen Students, by Asahina Sōgen
Asahina Sogen: three Conditions: Faith, "Great Ball of Doubt" and Courage
Asahina Sogen: There is a Right Method Of Sitting
Asahina Sogen: Two Sicknesses: don't eat or sleep too much or too little
Asahina Sogen: You Will Attain Enlightenment: the goal of meditation is to see God
Asahina Sogen: The World of Enlightenment: the state of enlightenment is totally different
Asahina Sogen: In Buddhism We Call This Compassion
Asahina Sogen: A World of Mutual Respect

Zen Notes, August 1954

PDF: Cover: Asahina Sogen Roshi; Living Zen: Life story of Asahina Sogen
Legendary Encounters: Asahina Sogen visits with Albert Einstein
Chinese Characters: Love, benevolence, complete virtue