Harada Daiun Sogaku

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Harada Daiun Sogaku
Daiun Harada.jpg
Religion Zen Buddhism
School Sōtō
Personal
Born (1871-10-13)October 13, 1871
Obama, Japan
Died December 12, 1961(1961-12-12) (aged 90)
Senior posting
Title Rōshi
Successor Hakuun Yasutani Harada Tangen

Daiun Sogaku Harada Rōshi (October 13, 1871 - December 12, 1961) was a Sōtō Zen monk who trained under both Soto and Rinzai teachers and became known for his teaching combining methods from both schools.

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Born in an area known today as Obama, Fukui Prefecture, he entered a Sōtō temple as a novice at age 7 and continued training in temples during his primary and high school years. At age 20 he entered Shogen-ji, a well-known Rinzai monastery; it is reported that he experienced kensho after two and one-half years there. In 1901 he graduated from Komazawa University (then Sōtō-shu Daigakurin), the Sōtō university. He eventually studied under various Sōtō and Rinzai masters such as Harada Sodo Kakusho,[1] Oka Sotan, Akino Kodo, Adachi Tatsujun, Hoshimi Tenkai, Unmuken Taigi Sogon, and Kogenshitsu Dokutan Sosan. From the years of 1911 to 1923, Harada held a professor position at Soto-shu Daigakurin. A very strict disciplinarian, he served as abbot at various Sōtō temples throughout Japan: Hosshin-ji, Chisai-in, Ankoku-ji, Bukkoku-ji, Sōji-ji and Chigen-ji. Until almost age 90, he conducted week-long sesshin at Hosshin-ji 6 times a year; he also held sesshin elsewhere.

Harada Roshi's teaching integrated the Rinzai use of Kōan, a practice which was abolished in the Soto-school in the 19th century under influence of Gento Sokuchu (1729–1807).[2] He also departed from the Sōtō conventions of his day by training lay persons with monks rather than separately.

His best-known heir was Hakuun Yasutani Rōshi, a Sōtō monk who he also trained in koan study. This led ultimately to the spread of combined Sōtō and Rinzai methods by the Sanbo Kyodan, a new Zen sect founded by Yasutani which became very influential in the West. Harada himself, however, remained within the Sōtō sect. It is often claimed in the West that he received Rinzai inka shomei (dharma transmission) from Dokutan Rōshi. Harada Rōshi may be viewed as an eclectically talented Sōtō teacher who did not abide by sectarian boundaries in regard to practice method.

Criticism[edit]

Harada has been criticized for his support of the Japanese War-endeavors.[3] A famous quote from Harada, cited in Zen at War, is:

[If ordered to] march: tramp, tramp, or shoot: bang, bang. This is the manifestation of the highest Wisdom [of Enlightenment]. The unity of Zen and war of which I speak extends to the farthest reaches of the holy war [now under way].[4][5]

Dharma heirs[edit]

Dharma-heirs from Harada Roshi are:[6]

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