The Awakened Self, Harada Sekkei Roshi

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The following is from a 1993 television programme, ‘The Awakened Self’—an interview with Harada Sekkei, abbot of Hosshinji Training Monastery by Shiratori Motoo, a former NHK-TV presenter.

Mr Shiratori: Excuse me for disturbing you during the middle of sesshin.

Harada Roshi: Thank you for coming.

S: Sesshin is a time when people concentrate on zazen. This is an important thing in Zen, isn’t it?

Roshi: Yes. Going back for quite a long time, sesshin is an important activity which has been strictly practised in Zen temples. Although it may sound a bit strange to say, sesshin is very effective or fruitful for a person’s zazen. It’s definitely a way of expanding a person’s state of mind.

S: You follow quite a strict schedule during sesshin, don’t you?

Dartington Hall, Totnes, DevonRoshi: We get up at 4:00 am and until 9:00 pm spend most of our time in the zendo. We, of course, sleep…

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