Sekkei Harada is the abbot of Hosshinji, a Soto Zen monastery and temple in Japan. Born in 1926, he was ordained as a Zen priest in 1951 and recognized as a certified Zen master in 1976. Harada frequently travels abroad to teaching in Europe, the United States, and India. He also leads zazen groups within Japan, in Tokyo and Saitama.
Daigaku Rumm was born in 1950 in Mason City, Iowa. In 1976, he entered Hosshinji as a layman and was ordained by Harada Roshi in 1978. He lived and practiced at Hosshinji until 2003. On several occasions he accompanied Harada on his visits to Europe, India, and the United States, as his interpreter. Rumm has been head of the Soto Zen Mission in North America since 2010.
"A veteran Zen teacher explains the proper role of scholarly study
in support of zazen practice and the necessity of determined
effort."--Victor Hori, McGill University
"An important contribution to contemporary Zen literature."--Kyogen Carlson, Abbot, Dharma Rain Zen Center
"A celebration is called for now that this important poem and Zen Master Harada Sekkei's commentary has arrived in English. This volume will serve as a guide for Zen students for many generations to come."--Setsuan Gaelyn Godwin, Abbot, Houston Zen Center