By Shohaku Okumura
Abandon your valuable delusions and hit the line with some of the most vital Zen masters of twentieth-century Japan.
Eschewing the entrapments of self-importance, strength, and cash, "Homeless" Kodo Sawaki Roshi refused to just accept an everlasting place as a temple abbot, regardless of repeated bargains. in its place, he lived a touring, "homeless" lifestyles, going from temple to temple, pupil to scholar, instructing and teaching and not permitting himself to stray from his selected direction. he's answerable for making Soto Zen on hand to the typical humans outdoors of monasteries.
His teachings are brief, sharp, and robust. constantly transparent, frequently humorous, and occasionally uncomfortably as regards to domestic, they jolt us into awakening.
Kosho Uchiyama expands and explains his teacher's knowledge together with his observation. expert in Western philosophy, he attracts parallels among Zen teachings and the Bible, Descartes, and Pascal. Shohaku Okumura has additionally additional his personal observation, grounding his academics' strength and sagacity for the modern, Western practitioner.
event the undying, sensible knowledge of 3 generations of Zen masters.
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I recognize him and price his manner of life—free of repute and profit—and his devotion to zazen perform. yet I additionally imagine to worship Sawaki Roshi or any instructor with no serious pondering is harmful. Sawaki Roshi and different eastern Buddhist leaders, orders, and teachings needs to be severely studied and objectively evaluated—as may still all lecturers, from all instances and areas. whilst I requested Uchiyama Roshi to take me as his disciple, he instructed me to think about him an “anti-role version. ” i presumed he intended simply because he sat with the priests basically in the course of sesshin and Sunday gatherings; he couldn’t sit down with us each day as a result of his future health. i believe we'd like this similar angle after we learn Sawaki Roshi’s or any Zen master’s lifestyles. Acknowledgments Rev. Jisho Warner and Rev. Shoryu Bradley took outing in their busy lives to examine this manuscript within the ultimate degree and gave us many useful feedback. I take pleasure in their kindness and love for the Dharma. i need to supply exact due to Michael Hofmann for his longtime friendship. He painted the portaits of Sawaki Roshi, Uchiyama Roshi, and me for this ebook. His outstanding work show my lecturers’ robust yet light, strict yet versatile, and hot personalities. within the early Seventies, he met Zenkei Shibayama Roshi and went to Japan to perform Zen and examine sumie portray with recognized painter Gyokusei Jikihara, chairman of the Japan Nanga Academy. simply because Shibayama Roshi knew Uchiyama Roshi, Michael started to come to Antaiji to take a seat. That was once round the time i began to review English. He used to be my first English coach. He visited Antaiji as soon as every week to speak with me in English. whilst I first got here to the U. S. in 1975, Michael and his female friend, Arthur Braverman and his spouse, and my Dharma brother Rev. Eishin Ikeda and that i traveled from California to Massachusetts during the South in Michael’s VW bus, on which he had painted Bodhidharma and the second one Ancestor, Huike. That used to be probably the most extraordinary shuttle reports of my existence. because of the friendship of many american citizens working towards at Antaiji, together with Michael, i may proceed to perform during this nation to this day. eventually, I’d prefer to exhibit my deep gratitude to Daihorinkaku, the japanese Buddhist writer, for his or her sort permission to translate this e-book. creation by means of Kosho Uchiyama within the fall of 1965, Mr. Toshio Yamada, then editor of the non secular column within the Asahi Shimbun, visited Antaiji to inquire approximately Sawaki Roshi’s well-being. On that social gathering he stated, “Sawaki Roshi constantly talks straightforwardly, and plenty of everyone is deeply inspired. might you write a few articles approximately the way you as his disciple comprehend his teachings? ” i assumed writing those articles will be strong for me as a part of my perform. I reviewed Sawaki Roshi’s sharp and profound sayings from his lectures, which I had recorded in my notebooks as “Dharma phrases” (or hokku) of Homeless (or Yadonashi) Kodo. Then i started to jot down my reviews on them, like a talk with my instructor. I entitled this statement Yadonashi Hokku-san, or Appreciating the Dharma phrases of Homeless Kodo.