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Dainin Katagiri 1928 1990 Was A Central Figure In The Transmission Of Zen In America His First Book, Returning To Silence,emphasized The Need To Return To Our Original, Enlightened State Of Being, And Became One Of The Classics Of Zen In America In You Have To Say Something,selections From His Talks Have Been Collected To Address Another Key Theme Of Katagiri S Teaching That Of Bringing Zen Insight To Bear On Our Everyday Experience To Live Life Fully, Katagiri Says, Means To Take Care Of Your Life Day By Day, Moment To Moment, Right Here, Right Now To Do This, He Teaches, We Must Plunge Into Our Life Completely, Bringing To It The Same Wholeheartedness That Is Required In Zen Meditation When We Approach Life In This Way, Every Activity Everything We Do, Everything We Say Becomes An Opportunity For Manifesting Our Own Innate Wisdom With Extraordinary Freshness And Immediacy, Katagiri Shows The Reader How This Wisdom Not Only Enlivens Our Spiritual Practice But Can Help Make Our Life A Rich, Seamless Whole.


10 thoughts on “You Have to Say Something

  1. says:

    The practice of Zen Buddhism is understanding life as the constant flow of activity rather than as concepts and beliefs I read Katagiri s Returning to Silence earlier this year and was simply blown away with how amazing and clear his lectures were, and how joyful and accessible he made his insights into the study and practice of Zen This book is also a collection of transcribed lectures that were collected by his students after he passed away, and edited loosely by theme Just as with Returning to Silence , Katagiri s Dharma talks put a lot of emphasis on the fact that Zen is not something we do simply when we are sitting zazen, it is something we live every minute of our lives He was adamant that trying to make sense of mystical and ungraspable aspect of Buddhist philosophy is not the best use of our time we should simply live every moment with wholeheartedness And yes, he was well aware that this is easier said than done But you get the strong feeling that he also believed this was something everyone could do with a little work and right intention.In many ways, it reminded me of Suzuki Roshi s Zen Mind, Beginner s Mind , but I admit to preferring Katagiri s style, which I find a bit concretely applicable Advice such as Keep your mouth shut and act with true heart make me giggle, but it s impossible to argue with The appendix is one of the best instruction on how to sit, breathe and practice zazen I have read.An excellent little book, that I highly recommend if you liked Katagiri s other books, or if you are interested in Zen practice.


  2. says:

    I thought this was a great book and it brought me back to meditate every day and see, that the day to day practice of ordinary things is important and the core of all spiritual practice Dainin Katagiri is clear and uncomplicated my favourite quote The changes that occur through spiritual practice are not really your business, if you make them your business, you will try to change your life directly If you try to change your life directly, no matter how long you work at it, you will not satisfy yourself So if you truly want to change your life, you should just form the routine of doing small things day by day Then your life will be changed beyond your expectations If you practice continuously, day after day, you will become a peaceful, gentle and harmonious person There is no explanation for this I always meant to read one of his books since I first heard about him via Natalie Goldberg, one of my writing teachers, whose zen teacher he was She mentioned him so often in her books Now I am glad I finally did read him and will pretty soon start his other book Returning to silence.


  3. says:

    This is one of the best books of Zen essays I rank it right alongside Zen Mind, Beginner s Mind though it isn t as famous.Katagiri Roshi s core thesis is that Zen is simply every day life Our lives are how we spend each day, day after day That to live wholeheartedly in the moment is enough not enough, but truly all there is In the face of it all, just live.The author covers a wide range of subjects, deftly weaving every day language with core Buddhist concepts He is always powerful and direct we should expect nothing less from a Zen Master You Have to Say Something is an easy, joyful read This is one that I will return to taste several times a year.Favorite quotes No idea can touch Reality There is no place to bite into Keep your mouth shut act with a true heart.


  4. says:

    5 Stars Again 5 stars I come back to this book every year or two and am refreshed every time Katagiri talks about what can t be talked about in a way that just works for me Most of the language and phrasing I use to think and talk about Zen and spirituality I have taken directly from this book One of my favorite quotes The changes that occur through spiritual practice are not really your business If you make them your business, you will try to change your life directly If you try to change your life directly, no matter how long you work at it, you will not satisfy yourself So, if you truly want to change your life, you should just form the routine of doing small things, day by day Then your life will be changed beyond your expectations If you practice continuously, day after day, you will become a peaceful, gentle, and harmonious person There is no explanation for this First of all this is something I need to be reminded of every day Second I am moved every I read that last sentence There is no explanation for this It is so matter of fact and so human And although the workings of our existence are an impenetrable mystery that cannot be explained or understood through our minds, he gently reminds us throughout the book that we can experience the Truth of our existence directly.


  5. says:

    Good stuff.I kinda feel I may be a Katagiri guy than a S Suzuki guy gasp preferences A friend mentioned his playing second fiddle to Suzuki as being quite appealing, and I gotta say, that does also please me too This seems a bit concrete direct or maybe contemporary, references to things I can maybe relate to better, eg sudden astonishment of wow a moose must be a Minnesota thing Then again, I ve heard that Katagiri can be a bit cosmic in places.Could also be a time place thing Zen Mind, Beginner s Mind was a good while back, maybe worth reading after a bit practice.Found the clarification between habit and vow, as well as commentary on unwholesome ways of doing zazen.


  6. says:

    This was an excellent book on Zen and Buddhism I love the theme that the heart of Zen is found in this present moment, whatever it may be.


  7. says:

    Having read the works posthumously published, after the classic Returning to Silence, published shortly before Katagiri s death, this is the most clear and understandable of Katagiri s works I have read I much enjoyed this read and found it inspirational and educational as to Zen and, also, zazen as a way of life I, likewise, appreciated that Zen is presented as inclusive of other wisdom paths other than Buddhism In fact, Katagiri informs us that we cannot know what Buddha Nature is, or Christianity, or nirvana, or heaven, or enlightenment, or anything we tend to glamorize spiritually, we can only experience life directly to know beyond our labeling Even Buddha does not know who Buddha is, such is the nature of knowing beyond conceptual notions.As to the paradoxical teachings in Zen, Katagiri acknowledges such He, however, clarifies Zen itself is not paradoxical In direct knowing, this one moment, there is only a simple knowing, or seeing, free of confusion, free of any apparent contradiction, all being in harmony.


  8. says:

    amazingly simple and deep zen writings by katagiri.covers a wider range of topics and ideas than each moment is the universe.definitely one of my favorite zen writers.he does a good job of bringing all intellectual ideas and concepts back to the present moment, so we can all practice being ALIVE


  9. says:

    It s true Not bad I guess I pulled out a few important things, but a very few Like many Zen books, it gets confusing and complicated I did however, enjoy the understanding of compassion and what is right in Buddhism It is right to support all other things in their endeavor to deal with life and death.


  10. says:

    Book is simple and moved me in ways like no other book has True a Zen book but from life and its standpoint really talks you through issues in a simple way Loved this book for years and would love to have it on my KIndle if I can find it.