Gien Goroku with the Lecture of Hear Sutras; Collected Sayings of Gien Inoue was published by Tetsugen Inoue roshi and Tesshu Inoue; the head priest of Ryusenji in 2014.
This book is compiled from the words left by Gien Inoue roshi. It has 103 chapter headings expressed of cardinal importance in Zen. The terminology of this book is directly related to our activity of daily life. Being so it is easy for Zen doers to follow his teaching. They can study the essence of Zen through their own body and mind just following his sayings.
The original book has been read by many Zen practitioners studying at the feet of the branch of Gien roshi. Jinen Nagai roshi has preached on this Collected Sayings. Many people flock to Jinen roshi from all over the world. I joined his propagational tour in Australia in 2017 and since then I have been translating this book into English under Jinen roshi’s advice and publishing on blog .
Gien roshi, from the state that he clarified the Way, preached freely in all directions and used many Zen terms by Zen adepts. On translating Zen terms, looked up over Internet and found that most of them had been translated into English. Zen has been spread to the whole world.
Lecture of Heart Sutras is the great piece that shows what a masterful preacher he is. This piece was written in his 60’s. The sentences have the power and they are rhythmical. He uses many Zen adepts’ words to show us the truth.
I came across quite a few terms I could not understand and I asked about them to Kando Inoue roshi who is the fifth son and the successor of Gine roshi. The parts explained by Kando roshi are shown in parentheses.
I hope this will be of help to your practice.
Gien Inoue (1894-1981)
Born in Hiroshima1894 .The second son of Rev. Ganko Inoue and Masano Inoue.
1907 Ordained as a Zen monk at age of 13
!912 assigned Head Junior monk and completed Hosshinshiki
He devoted whole-heartedly in to practice.
He met true teachers like Genpo Kitano Roshi, Shosan Ueda Rhoshi, Dozan Sugimoto Roshi, and Toin Iida Roshi. He was given Inka shomei.
He registered as resident priest of Ryusenji in Hamamatu in 1924.
Even though he had the experience of being enlightened, he had hard time to be free from grasping it.
1931 He started to hold practice in Ryusennji. Since then his teaching spread to Shizuoka, Tokyo, Hiroshima .
Many monks gathered and practiced there in poverty. Many enlightened people appeared one after another.