As I mention from time to time, the Harada-Yasutani
Lineage, and the organization known as "Sanbokyodan
" represents a unique hybrid blending of "Just Sitting
" Dogen with a form of of Rinzai Koan-centered Zazen pushing hard for Kensho
, e.g., by the 'Mu'
Koan. The flavor comes through at times as, for example, might be felt in the first few pages here. I mention this from time to time because folks should know that there are very different approaches to Zen and Zazen, and not all "Zen" is of the same flavor (just the same ... but sometimes very different ) . Thus, folks may otherwise go to the book store and pick up a "Zen" book, or listen to a talk, and wonder why the contents seem so different sometimes (same ... but different
). Despite its modest size in Japan (but, then again, the same for my own lineage through Nishijima Roshi!), the Sanb˘ky˘dan has had a large influence on Zen in the West due to the great number of Zen teachers in America who have direct ties to it, including Robert Aitken, Maezumi Taizan (the "White Plum") and his students such as Daido Loori, Bernie Glassman, Genpo Merzel , Chozen Bays and Joan Halifax, as well as Philip Kapleau (author of Three Pillars of Zen") and Eido Tai Shimano Roshis.
You can read more in this the Robert Sharf article on the Sanbo Kyodan [PDF}
Sanb˘ky˘dan Zen and the Way of the New Religions
by Robert H. Sharf
Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (1995) 22 3-4