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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If you read the following, be aware that it is addressed to someone who has aroused the mind to practice the Buddha way after questioning his own life, and only therefore wants to become a monk. Instead, I read it with the eyes of a person who seeks the Way, who is concerned with getting to the bottom of an entirely new way of life. The famous Japanese Zen monk Ryokan 1 lived by takuhatsu and wrote about it in his poems.
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Running into him on that mosho day, I felt as though I had run into a colleague working in the same line of business. That means zazen in which you really let go your thoughts. This scenery exists upon the ground of our Life. His daughter was pleading with her mother to give her something.
What is important is your own practice, which has to consist of following the imperfect master as perfectly as possible. Thankfully, the sleeves on our black robes are very long, so tucking away a few loaves of bread was not all that difficult.
We are experiencing technical difficulties. A life grounded on zazen and a lifestyle grounded on material uhciyama was essential for leading a truly rich spiritual life. This is also called shusho-ichinyo practice and enlightenment are one. On top of that, Antaiji had deteriorated so badly ksoho the war that so Sodo had to go out on takuhatsu for funds to refurbish the broken-down temple, while I went around on takuhatsu to supply us with food and also to cover sesshin uciyama.
In any event, as long as you keep your desires within the parameters of your income, I see no necessity to bow down before Mammon.
The next time, he was determined to run so far away that no one would ever be able to catch him again. Of course that does not mean that thus your practice comes to an end — practice always has to be the practice of your whole life.
Dogen Zenji himself urged his followers to always live the minimal material life, but pursue the highest culture a life of zazen.
And, likewise, being sad and hopeless is also a good day. Saikichi felt drawn to this family, whose life, although it took place in the most impoverished conditions, had something very pure about it.
How to Cook Your Life
The tatami in my room were completely torn up with straw popping up out of them here and there. Even today, the immense influence that he has had on our society can be felt.
Living means breathing this breath right now. I would collect half-smoked cigarettes left behind by guests and smoke the tobacco in long reed-like pipes—pretty despicable, I admit. Again you return to zazen and they disappear.
Right up to the start of the festival is great for doing takuhatsu, but once the floats start rolling down the street, forget it.
We want to do this and that. This means almost all culture is fictitious. If you uuchiyama practice zazen, at that moment you are freed from the five desires and the five obstructions disappear. On top of that, I prepared three meals a day and if I didn’t go out on takuhatsu, I had my laundry to do.
Kosho Uchiyama Roshi Quotes (Author of How to Cook Your Life)
When you travel far and wide to meet with masters, that means that you travel far and wide to meet with yourself. If you are a mother-in-law who doesn’t get along with your daughter-in-law, you will think only of your son’s wife. As I said earlier, we should not be blind to, or unconscious of, this scenery. Even in strictly biological terms, we can only live by taking this breath in this moment.
In that kind of economically difficult environment, the number of fellow practitioners diminished greatly. Perhaps those who lived outside and who just came to the temple for zazen or for a sesshin from time to time might not have had these doubts. Your happy-go-lucky attitude is clear to those around you and you end up having to go home with even less than average. Dogen Zenji taught that our attitude should be one of practice and diligent work in any situation whatsoever.
Practice has no end! In his place, Saikichi volunteered. Looking for More Great Reads?
In the evening he met with Uchiyama’s Western students, and there was a lively, three-hour question-and-answer session. Even during that period when I was personally depressed and feeling terribly intimidated by going out and there was so little coming into my bowl, the people of Kyoto did donate something to support me, despite the fact that in those days, most udhiyama would look around for the cheapest place to buy an eggplant, kowho to save just one sen.
It is the same during a fire. Consequently, all the universities turned down the scientists’ requests to return and the unfortunate scientists returned to the government facilities and continued their work on new atomic weapons.
A single day in the life of this very small human species is just one tiny joy, one minute of bitterness. When we drive, it is dangerous to fall sleep at the wheel or to drive drunk. They will get to know your kosh and will not only stop putting anything in your bowl, they will stop looking at you at all and your bowl will soon dry up.
That is, even if I fall into good luck or circumstances, that is my great joy. Even if we tried, we would not succeed. Such a person does not hear the buddha-dharma, does not know the buddha-dharma and has never met the buddha-dharma. From Chapter 17 of Crooked Cucumber: One of the good things about takuhatsu that makes it different from other business enterprises is that there is no carry over from one day to the next.