Results 1 – 12 of 35 Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice. Jun 15, by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi and Tom Wright. The following essay on Uchiyama Kosho Roshi’s life of mendicancy was written in the early 70’s. For roshi, a life of material poverty was taken for granted as a. Kosho Uchiyama was a preeminent Japanese Zen master, instrumental in bringing Zen to America. The author of over twenty books read.

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Kōshō Uchiyama

When it is a matter of living this fresh life, it is of course not enough to simply think about your life in your head. One day I was sitting on the electric train on my way back to Antaiji from a day out.

That is why I would now like to try to play the role of a sort of interpreter between the two standpoints.

koshoo Most of the stories I have ychiyama here about takuhatsu don’t sound very religious, so I would like to close on a slightly more serious note about why takuhatsu is a vital activity for a person who chooses to live out genuine religious teachings. You should not forget though that to practice the Buddha way means to let go off the self and practice egolessness.

To follow the Buddha way means to follow yourself. Going out on takuhatsu from Antaiji was not selling some famous brand name or reputation.

Uchiyaa would like to compare our life to sitting behind the wheel of an automobile. But just as I turned the corner to start down Plum Street, lo and behold, a komuso mendicant playing the shakuhachi came toward me from the opposite direction.


How to Cook Your Life by Dogen, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi | : Books

Today, at least in the cities, most donations are monetary, not food. I can hear all the news of the world I am just hearing news of myself. Koshho was often treated more like an ordinary beggar than like a religious mendicant. Yet even though the amount I receive is just one yen, I am not bowing to the money nor do I have to cavil or get down on my knees.

Surprisingly, people would finish their call and chase me down the street to put something in my bowl.

ucihyama Who can figure out the meaning of money in the world these days? It was just at the end of that period that I read a book about the scientists who developed the atomic bomb. We cannot live without it. There is no merchandise, no product or gift to offset the donation.

Our life was always on the edge. Sometimes I would just get so demoralized that I would quit and spend the rest of the day uchiyzma the zoo.

Kyoto seems to be a place where you would almost expect some eerie spectacle to appear from out of the shadows. Human beings work diligently merely to avoid boredom. Every once in a while, someone might toss in a one or two yen coin. In many districts of Kyoto there are still people who think like that guy. That is why Dogen Zenji says: I shone my headlamp on the shaft and realized the elevator was still going down steadily.

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No matter what the situation, we live the life of the Self. Or, if I didn’t have any money, I would go to the library wearing my sedge hat and straw sandals. As a year old, with three kilos of rice on his shoulders and 27 Sen in his pocket, he marched with the light of a single lantern to Eihei-ji temple in Echizen, constantly chewing on the raw rice throughout the long journey.

How to Cook Your Life

Koshl is this moment is fresh, raw and new. Dogen Zenji himself says in the Jisho-zanmaijust after the quote above: So I understand this doubt well. Before reading further, perhaps a brief explanation of the practice of takuhatsu is in order. This old woman usually just ordered him around like an errand boy, so what was it that moved her to bow towards him with such respect?

This reticence on the part of the pigeons was really quite charming. Final Lesson, by Arthur Braverman http: Inwhen we first heard that a terrible bomb had laid waste to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in the midst of all that horror no one uchlyama imagine what sort of human beings could have made such an accursed thing.