Soko Morinaga Roshi, (“Dharma Talk”) was ordained as a Zen monk in Japan in 1948 and trained in the monastery at Daitokuji, eventually receiving the seal of dharma transmission from Sesso Ota Roshi. He died in 1995. An excerpt from the forthcoming English translation of his book, From Novice to Master, appears in this issue of Tricycle. Translator Belenda Yamakawa remarks: “I think parts of Morinaga’s book will be inspiring for people who are already practicing. But I also see it as a great introductory book – a “why practice” for people who are open but still need an explanation deeply rooted in experience and which still soundly appeals to reason!”
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