Hokai Sobol is committed to contemporary Buddhist practice, and has been waving the flag for 20+ years as pathfinder, teacher, promoter, and speaker. Mentoring and consulting with groups and individuals, organizing events and programs, translating and publishing material from leading edge authors, contributing through writings and talks, Hokai has been spurring and assisting the emergence and propagation of a nonsectarian Buddhist practice, responsive to leading cultural currents, and adaptive to actual lives.
Living in Rijeka, Croatia, with friends and partners in Europe, United States and Japan.
Quote: “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. Ch’an/Zen and Vajrayana are results of additional shifts within Mahayana itself. Now, looking at 25 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 an 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 in many different ways today – in both East and West – as conditions keep changing.”
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