Hokai Sobol

Hokai Sobol is committed to contemporary Buddhist practice, and has been waving the flag for 30 years as pathfinder, teacher, promoter, and speaker. Working with groups and individuals, organizing events and programs, translating and publishing material from leading edge authors, contributing through writings and talks, teaching in traditional and contemporary formats, mentoring through individualized instruction, Hokai has been assisting the emergence of a nonsectarian Buddhist practice, responsive to leading cultural currents, and adaptive to actual lives. Living near Rijeka, Croatia.

“Buddhist practice has been conceived, presented, and applied in different ways. The early interpretation is a result of the movement initiated by Siddhartha Gautama’s own awakening and teaching. Mahayana arose as a result of another deep shift initiated among the early sangha, responding to observed limitations. Ch’an/Zen and Vajrayana are results of further shifts within Mahayana itself, integrating a variety of influences. Now, looking at twenty five hundred years of continuation, we can see that these turnings proceeded along a spiritual trajectory hardly envisaged or planned. Each of these developments retained what was necessary for a somewhat organic continuation, while advancing fresh formulations and introducing new solutions. The last of such innovations, however, happened long before the advent of modernity. What remained of novelty was institutionalized and thus its radical potential subverted and lost. This gap is being negotiated today – in both East and West – as conditions keep changing.”

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