Introduction

Sasaki Genso Roshi
[Portrait]

Sasaki Genso (born 1947) studied eastern and western philosophy of religion in Tokyo. In 1966 he became student of the Zen master Omori Sogen and began his practice of calligraphy (hitsuzendo) and of sword fighting (hojo). 1983 Omori Roshi confirmed him as his successor.

In 1984 Sasaki Roshi founded the Ryu-Un-Zendo in Tokyo. Since 1992 he teaches at the Asahi Cultural Centre (Tokyo). As of 1990 he comes to Europe for sesshin.

Sasaki Genso Roshi has developed an own method from the ancestral Rinzai tradition, which is transmitted from master to master. It comprises zazen, hojo (the Zen path with the sword), hitsuzendo (the Zen path with the brush) and koan practice.


Zen Practice

Zazen

Zen is zazen. Zazen is your most immediate testimony. The practice of sitting is the most immediate unfolding of Dharma with the body, breath and mind. Dharma is right now here. Through unceasing application our ki begins to flow freely and becomes replete. Zazen awakens us to the freedom of our great nature.

Hojo

This sword-way realises the unmoved mind. We practice ki-full breath, walking and hitting with the wooden sword. Slowly we unfold great vigour and generosity, ultimately without the sword.

Hitsuzendo

In this art-path we practice Zen with a big brush. Playfully we write with ink on white paper. This unrepeatable line awakens our abilities.

Gymnastic

With flowing movements and stretches we keep the most important parts of our body in a smooth condition. These movements help us assume the right zazen posture and allow us to bring forth our true body.

Sesshin

During the week of a sesshin we practice zazen for eight hours a day in periods of approximately 30 minutes. Additionally there is hitsuzendo, gymnastic as well as some basic hojo practice. In between we have three meals with following rests and samu (household chore). Except for the first and the last day, the daily schedule begins with the reveille at four in the morning and lights-out is every night at ten.
During a hojo sesshin we specially practice gymnastic and hojo for approximately four hours a day. Accordingly the total time for zazen averages six hours per day. Other parts of the programme are nearly alike.