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The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo 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


About the Author: Kosho Uchiyama

Kosho Uchiyama 内山 興正 Uchiyama Kōshō 1912—March 13 1998 was a Sōtō priest origami master and abbot of Antai ji near Kyoto JapanUchiyama was author of than twenty books on Zen Buddhism and origamiof which Opening the Hand of Thought Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice is best knownUchiyama graduated from Waseda University with a masters degree in Western philosophy in 1937 and was



10 thoughts on “The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo

  1. Bakunin Bakunin 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 boundlessGreat 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 uotes 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 BlakeTo 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


  2. Peycho Kanev Peycho Kanev says:

    KODO SAWAKIOnce 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 foreverHow 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


  3. Boris Gregoric Boris Gregoric says:

    in the tradition of the great Shitou or Socrates the rev Kodo Sawaki did not really 'teach' nor 'preach' bur rather led a very radical life These are some gleanings of what he might have said here and there compiled by one of his disciples Despite being second hand these are deep thoughts on the way how one can free oneself from the powers of delusional Maya


  4. Nathan Nathan 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 read3 star


  5. Pixi Jo Pixi Jo says:

    Honestly I found it incredibly dull and boring They mention folk I'm not in the top ten of Buddhist circles to have heard about and often the different point of views seem to not gel well at allI'm sure its desperately inspiring to many but how am I to learn of wisdom and eternal truths when confronted by the book euivalent of dry stale Bran?Recommended to folk who need tough fibre in their reading diet


  6. Levas Levas 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


  7. John Porcellino John Porcellino says:

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


  8. Patrick Taylor Patrick Taylor 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


  9. Brian Wilcox Brian Wilcox 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 contextFor 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 practiceuality 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 acumenThis 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


  10. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    A good practical book of Buddhist insights Most of it takes the general structure of a short saying from Kodo Sawaki followed by expansioninterpretation from his student Kosho Uchiyama and then followed in turn by interpretation as well as historicalcultural 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


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