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Hakuin Studies

Summaries of Hakuin’s Writings in Japanese (Kana hōgo)
by Yoshizawa Katsuhiro  

Oradegama #2

『遠羅天釜』巻之中「遠方ノ病僧ニ贈リシ書」 (Oradegama, part 2: Letter to a sick monk living far away)

Oradegama, part 2 consists of a missive sent to a sick priest advising him on how to continue his meditation practice during a time of illness. Much of the text’s content consists of teachings Hakuin received in his youth while studying under the master Shōju Rōjin (Dōkyō Etan 道鏡慧端, 1642 - 1721) in Iiyama, in present Nagano Prefecture. This text is a valuable source of information on Shōju Rōjin’s style of Zen. At the end of the text Hakuin describes the nansonohō 軟酥法 (“soft ghee” method), but it is not as detailed as the description of the same method in the Yasen kanna.

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