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Abandon Your Treasured Delusions And Hit The Road With One Of The Most Important Zen Masters Of Twentieth Century JapanEschewing The Entrapments Of Vanity, Power, And Money, Homeless Kodo Sawaki Roshi Refused To Accept A Permanent Position As A Temple Abbot, Despite Repeated Offers Instead, He Lived A Traveling, Homeless Life, Going From Temple To Temple, Student To Student, Teaching And Instructing And Never Allowing Himself To Stray From His Chosen Path He Is Responsible For Making Soto Zen Available To The Common People Outside Of Monasteries His Teachings Are Short, Sharp, And Powerful Always Clear, Often Funny, And Sometimes Uncomfortably Close To Home, They Jolt Us Into Awakening Kosho Uchiyama Expands And Explains His Teacher S Wisdom With His Commentary Trained In Western Philosophy, He Draws Parallels Between Zen Teachings And The Bible, Descartes, And Pascal Shohaku Okumura Has Also Added His Own Commentary, Grounding His Teachers Power And Sagacity For The Contemporary, Western Practitioner Experience The Timeless, Practical Wisdom Of Three Generations Of Zen Masters


10 thoughts on “The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo

  1. says:

    KODO SAWAKI Once someone asked me, I understand that when we do zazen, we manifest buddha, but when we don t do zazen, are we just ordinary deluded people Do you think that when you re stealing something, you re a thief, but when you aren t stealing, you aren t a thief You can eat rice to commit a robbery or to practice zazen Is it the same or different Even if a person steals only once, he s a thief even though we do zazen for only one period, we do zazen forever.How could it be that only Ishikawa Goemon is a thief and one who steals on the spur of the moment isn t Anyone who steals on impulse is surely a crook In the same way, not only is Shakyamuni a buddha, but anyone who does zazen following the Buddha is a buddha.


  2. says:

    Without demanding give it to me we make and receive offerings The world in which we give and receive is a serene and beautiful world It differs from the world of scrambling for things It s vast and boundless Great introduction to zen thinking Its easy to read and I m sure I will come back to it many times in the future The book consists of a compilation of quotes by Kodo Sawaki the homeless Kodo which are then interpreted by his disciple Kodo Uchiyama If you are searching for a better way of understanding zen, this book is for you If you just want to feel inspired by a different way of thinking, this book is for you I ve read a couple of books on Zen Buddhism and this is by far my favorite so far The reason I am attracted to this philosophy is that it leads to a place where you stop comparing yourself to others and instead try to understand yourself as part of the universe All our thoughts are like bandits constantly stealing our attention from the eternal beauty of life If you really empty your thoughts it becomes possible to enjoy every moment as it if it were your last I find the sentiments were best explained by William Blake To see a World in a Grain of SandAnd a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour


  3. says:

    Thought it would be stories and anecdotes from the day to day lifestyle of homeless kodo but it was a a series of thoughts and opinions most of it common sense and plenty of it rather judgemental if you ask me Nevertheless, I found myself agreeing with lots of it and I enjoy the simple discussion of zen and mindfulness for its own sake In that sense, it was like listening to rather like minded people discussing a topic I am familiar with It was not what I expected, but it was a pleasant read.3 star


  4. says:

    Very nice collection of teachings from Dogen lineage Though at times the format of these teachings themselves was a bit difficult, but all in all it is highly recommended


  5. says:

    Uchiyama Roshi relates stories from his teacher Kodo Sawaki Roshi, an iconoclastic 20th Century Zen Master, with commentary Excellent.


  6. says:

    Some really good thoughts on Zen Buddhism and how it applies to contemporary life, in understandable, non gooey language I wish I had had this book when I was 15 or 20.


  7. says:

    A good read chapter by chapter, for daily inspiration and Zen wise guidance Soto Zen is presented in a way that can speak unprejudiced to persons of other wisdom paths This is a book about timeless wisdom, not Soto Zen as a movement, a sect, itself, by a Master who learned a distrust of the potential egoic conflicts in instituationalized Zen contexts He, hence, chose a non establishment approach and, therefore, can appeal to persons in cultures wherein many have lost trust in traditional institutions, including religious This sage reminds us we do not have to rebel against and disown traditional wisdom paths, like Zen, simply for losing faith in institutions that reflect common human traits within the human realm in its overall context.For Master Sawaki, Zen was life as zazen His main sitting practice was shikantaza, though he studied other approaches, including in depth studies and practice in Yogachara Yet, paradoxically, he taught zazen is good for nothing The book explores this apparent contradiction and how it addresses the Master s bare bones teaching and practice.Quality differs among the segments, and Master Kodo Sawaki s words are few, but to the point, sometimes rather uncompromisingly direct via traditionalist Zen The Master s tongue is a sharpened double edged sword, in devotion to the Truth that cuts both ways In my native culture, Master Sawaki would be referred to as he tells it like it is So, persons need not come to this Sage simply for sweet devotion to tantalize the spiritual taste buds I advise reading the autobiographical section first This is the last segment This section will enrich the reading of the prior chapters, likewise showing how Master Sawaki was shaped by a difficult childhood of loss and mistreatment, following the demise of both parents This section will demonstrate, further, that Master Sawaki was much than a Homeless Kodo, including his eminent intellect and university professorship, as well as administrative acumen.This book is Soto Zen traditional, so appealing to persons of a conservative approach to Zen Yet, as noted, I find the book to be forthright regarding universal wisdom, arising from the Master and commentators devotion to Dharma as simply the way it is, whatever it is.


  8. says:

    A good, practical book of Buddhist insights Most of it takes the general structure of a short saying from Kodo Sawaki, followed by expansion interpretation from his student, Kosho Uchiyama, and then followed in turn by interpretation as well as historical cultural context from Uchiyama s student, Shohaku Okumura Sawaki and Uchiyama are the best parts of the book, but Okumura s commentary can be interesting and useful as well I like that Sawaki and Uchiyama are both very down to earth and say things that you can immediately relate to real life A lot of Zen books are sort of poetic and mystical, and if you get that kind of thing, that s fine, but it s a lot easier to understand and connect with the teachings in this book, because it revolves around real life and generally avoids talking about dewdrops and mountains There s nothing wrong with dewdrops and mountains, but it s nice to see someone talking about the system of education, or the way people compete with one another socially, in those terms.


  9. says:

    Really enjoyed the short passages that made up the chapters, which made it easier to pick up the thread when I was forced to read sporadically There were many fabulous anecdotes throughout the book many teaching stories I wish the book had been better structured as a whole, though, and that chapters flowed smoothly into one another the way the essays included at the end of the book do I especially enjoyed the second half of the book And especially loved Chapter 63 The Blessings of the Universe Kodo Sawaki in this chapter Heaven and earth make offerings Air, water, plants, animals, and human beings make offerings All things make offerings to each other It s only within this circle of offering that we can live Whether we appreciate this or not


  10. says:

    This is a damn good book It s like, you have Homeless Kodo making these short, pithy comments, some wise, a lot of them wiseass Like fart jokes, even Then his student, Kosho Uchiyama, gives a comment, always much polite Then his student, Shohaku Okumura, gives another Has to do with the articles the book was assembled from, and then the time passed since the earlier edition But it makes for good reading, especially the commentary on how things have changed over time It s cantankerous and fun, while also getting across good Zen observations.