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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To you 2 Uchiyama: There is no merchandise, no product or gift to offset the donation. I often ate on the grounds of a temple or shrine, or in a temple cemetery. People in Kyoto have long dhad this fear of malevolent spirits. He tried to engage me in conversation, but I made perfunctory replies and went back to reading my book. Facts like this about how Sawaki roshi protected his disciples from the ravages of war are little known and have never been publicized.

Kōshō Uchiyama

The tatami in kkosho room were completely torn up with klsho popping up out of them here and there. If we encounter unhappiness, we should work through it sincerely. He learned about the world of gambling by selling rice cakes in the casinos and keeping an eye on the guest! Kyoto seems to be a place where you would almost expect some eerie spectacle to appear from out of the shadows. The normally white-papered shoji looked like a patchwork quilt with slips of paper pasted over the holes.

Each of us had to bear his own life and in his own heart.

Once you start down the path of poverty, there seems to be no limit to how far down you can go. In that kind of economically difficult environment, the number of fellow practitioners uchiiyama greatly. But the reality of the universe is far beyond such an attitude of aversion and attachment.


That is why Dogen Zenji says: The mantises, themselves yellowish brown in color, looked like withered leaves. Does that mean that it is enough to practice zazen alone without a master at all?

Yet again thoughts arise by themselves. Living on the ground of the true reality of life is finding nirvana within this world. Fortunately, my takuhatsu life uchiyxma in the spring ofbecause of the royalties I began to receive from the books I have published on my hobby of origami. Books by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi.

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However, everything is impermanent. The infant smiled and let the coin fall into my bowl. Shortly after that, I went to visit my brother at his home. Our washcloths looked like some sort of netting, since I used them far beyond the point where they resembled washcloths.

If I hurry up and get one big satori, I can wrap up this billion-times business in a single stroke! Takuhatsu as a business. No matter what the situation, we live the life of the Self.

Antaiji: Kosho Uchiyama – To you who has decided to become a Zen monk

The motto for living in the world is: At any rate, I had convinced myself that people were looking at me in that way.

Walking along on a crisp autumn day, the long sleeves of my black robe billowing in the wind, there really couldn’t be any greater feeling of elegance than that. Unfortunately, the reality of my life of takuhatsu was uchoyama but that. We usually do things expecting some personal profit. The Wholehearted Way 75 ratings. If you make a distinction between favorable and unfavorable conditions, your mind will be lost in confusion.

But, eventually, as I grew used to going out, I began to discover that even on days when I would start off badly, instead of becoming depressed, I began to think instead that I was just unlucky that morning. In the afternoon Suzuki gave a brief talk in Japanese to Uchiyama’s Japanese zazen students. Then just when I think, well, no luck here, the owner reappears holding a small child who is holding tightly to a coin until she drops it into my bowl.


In all uchiya,a years I have been at Antaiji, I have never solicited a penny from anyone. Being happy and laughing, every day is a good day. On the contrary, true religious teaching has to be able to show us how we can swim through one wave at a time, that is, those waves of our life of now laughing, now crying, the waves of prosperity or adversity.

The lifestyle behind takuhatsu. There were several of us going out together just once or twice a month, so the atmosphere was more like going on an outing, and besides, it wasn’t as if our lives depended on it. So, obviously, I couldn’t blithely go out on takuhatsu like Ryokan and enjoy playing with the children along the way. Even in strictly biological terms, we can only live by taking this breath in this moment. What is important is your own practice, which has to consist of following the imperfect master as perfectly as possible.

Of course, I would have liked my takuhatsu to have been that sort of idyllic, simple kind, too. It was just at the end of that period that I read a book about the scientists who developed the atomic bomb. The next day when I related this story to a friend, he pitched in and also gave me a thousand yen.