Unfathomable Depths

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Navigate a forgotten classic poem and enrich your practice with famed Zen master Sekkei Harada.


Drawing Wisdom for Today from a Classical Zen Poem

Sekkei Harada Daigaku Rummé

Unfathomable Depths presents a concise treatment of Sōtō theory and practice, while delivering approachable advice from Sekkei Harada, one of Zen’s most esteemed teachers. Rooting himself in Tong’an Changcha’s classical and enigmatic poem, “Ten Verses of Unfathomable Depth,” Harada intimately speaks to the world of Zen today, answering some of our most pressing questions:

  • What is the true nature and function of Dharma transmission?
  • How do I appropriately practice with koans?
  • How do I understand the “just sitting” of Sōtō Zen?
book information
  • Paperback
  • 272 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $18.95
  • ISBN 9781614290834
  • ebook
  • 272 pages
  • $11.99
  • ISBN 9781614291039
about the author
Unfathomable Depths

Sekkei Harada was the abbot of Hosshinji, a Soto Zen training monastery and temple, in Fukui Prefecture, near the coast of central Japan. He was born in 1926 in Okazaki, near Nagoya, and was ordained at Hosshinji in 1951. In 1953, he went to Hamamatsu to practice under Zen Master Gien Inoue, and received inkashomei (certification of realization) in 1957. In 1974, he was installed as resident priest and abbot of Hosshinji and was formally recognized by the Soto Zen sect as a certified Zen master (shike) in 1976. From 1982, Harada traveled abroad frequently, teaching in such countries as Germany, France, the United States, and India. He also lead zazen groups within Japan, in Tokyo and Saitama. From 2003-2005, he was Director of the Soto Zen Buddhism Europe Office located in Milan.

Other books by Sekkei Harada:
The Essence of Zen

Unfathomable Depths

Daigaku Rummé was born in 1950 in Mason, City Iowa, USA. 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. Since 2003, Rummé has been on the staff of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center located in San Francisco.

Other books by Daigaku Rummé:
The Essence of Zen

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