"I have no teacher to learn from and no students to teach.
There is nothing except...stars twinkling in the sky." 

Writings of Haya Akegarasu


Translated by:
Gyoko Saito and Joan Sweany

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The Lion
The Burning Self
From Decision to Decision
Mind of the Pure Clean Truth
The Solitary Pine
Life of Incidents
Absorbed into the Kegon Sutra
Indescribable Changes
One Who Goes Onward
For Orchids
Empty Handed
Fireside Chat
To Live
World of No Sacrifice
The Truth about Truth
I and Thou
In Praise of the Original Vow
Suffering of Breakthrough
Mind of Reaction
Go On
The Human Touch
Life of All Beings
Young Grasses
Final Attachment
The Warm Earth
About Wisdom
Four Lives
About Nature
From Before and After Birth
To the Place of Death
One Flower
Praise of Self
One is Many
The Birth Cry
With Whom Would I Like to Live?
The Kingdom of the First
Shining Hope
To a Friend Who Lost a Lover
From Memoirs of a Loser
The Life of Japan
Noon at a Hotel
One Who Surpasses the Gods
Fascinated by Plants
World of Embraces
Cross Section of Love
Everything Alive and Changing
Thoughts about Destruction
Mind of Embracing All Things
I Want to Go Straight Ahead
The Pigeons
I Love Myself
The Joy of Birth
Out of the Depths of Nothingness
The World of the Flowers
Re-enter the Lion
Who am I?
Dash Onward
Miscellaneous Words
Great Tomorrow
My Spirit is Dancing
Tears from Deep Down
The Teacher as Teaching


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Haya Akegarasu 

By Gyoseki

The following brief, biographical summary is from Reverend Gyoko Saito's larger introduction to Shout of Buddha. Reverend Akegarasu's disciple Shuichi Maida stated his teacher's value as follows:

"Five hundred or a thousand years from now, not only the japanese people but the whole world will look up to this brightening star of the first magnitude in the history of Japanese Buddhism." Reverend Haya Akegarasu was born in Japan on July 12,1877. His father Enen, a temple minister, died when Reverend Akegarasu was ten years old. His mother Taki raised him, struggling with poverty and other hardships. A natural poet, by the time he reached 14 he had already published several books of his 31-syllable poems. A few years later Reverend Akegarasu became a student of Manshi Kiyozawa, a leading Japanese intellectual who tried to understand Buddhism through the experience of life itself. ...Critical to Buddhism is the teacher-student relationship. Reverend Akegarasu said his assertions were never approved by Reverend Kiyozawa, who lived the life of "Nothing to depend on, nowhere to live, nothing to occupy." Together, they abandoned 1000 year old Buddhist terminology and used ordinary words to manifest Buddhism. They translated those teachings with their own deepest lives."

In the summer of 1996 I was invited to join a discussion group at the Buddhist temple of Chicago. In the group were ordinary men and women of diverse backgrounds. Each of us had special interests such as philosophy, art, and poetry. These interests colored our interpetations of the articles being discussed. As such we discovered our limitations-and our possibilities- when exposed to the genius of Reverend Haya Akegarasu. His articles, stories, and poetry were being translated by Reverend Gyoko Saito who lead the discussions. We found that unlike ourselves Reverend Akegarasu was able to express through his writings the deepest and most honest feelings in unlimited ways. I am grateful to Reverend Saito for having introduced me to this new life that the writings of Reverend Akegarasu inspired.

Namu Amida Butsu

- Gyoseki