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The Venerable Zen Master Soen Nakagawa Roshi,
abbot of the Ryutaku Monastery in Japan, teacher,
calligrapher, and poet, rises above the landscape,
his hand stopping a volcano. By calming the fires of
the mind during meditation, the clouds part around
his head, revealing the infinite blue void. The sun
begins to rise over the mental/emotional landscape
and a new day is dawning. Our emotions form an
inner landscape. Acknowledging their presence with
detachment produces a state of inner calm. My
friend Ruth Richards, M.D., Ph.D. sees the image
from a Buddhist perspective as “the monk calming
our manifest universe and bringing greater truth.”
The Venerable Soen Roshi (1907-1984) was
instrumental in transmitting Zen Buddhism to the
Western world. His Dharma Heir, Eido Shimano
Roshi, carries on this tradition. Eido Roshi is head of
the Zen Studies Society in New York City and the
Dai Bosatsu Zendo-Kongo-ji in Livingston Manor,
New York.