Japanese Zen buddhist monk
Soko Morinaga (盛永 宗興; 1925–1995) was a Rinzai Zen roshi.
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- From the first, in people and in things, there is no such thing as trash. These words point to the fundamental truth of Buddhism, a truth I could not as yet conceive in those days.
- Reporting on receiving his first sermon from Gotō Zuigan, in Novice to Master : An Ongoing Lesson in the Extent of My Own Stupidity (2002), p. 29; "There Is No Trash" — online excerpt published in Ashé Journal, Vol 4, Issue 2 (Summer 2005), p. 227-230.
- When a Zen Monk writes the word "dew," it is not to the natural phenomenon that he refers, but to direct revelation. Nothing concealed anywhere. Truth, revealed in all things. Buddha revealed in all things. Dharma revealed in all things. If you all just let the scales drop from your eyes, you realize that everything everywhere is filled with truth; everything is filled with Buddha; everything everywhere is to be appreciated! That is what the scroll of "dew" is hanging there to say.
- Novice to Master : An Ongoing Lesson in the Extent of My Own Stupidity (2002), p. 34