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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You have to put yourself in their shoes and see how difficult it must be for them to give so much; even though they are good contributors, maybe two or at most three times a year would be best.

Kōshō Uchiyama – Wikipedia

That surely must have ucgiyama the setting for Ryokan’s walks through country villages from one farm house to the next. At the age of 26, in the yearhe returned to Japan. Zazen means awakening from distraction and confusion and from dullness and fatigue, awakening to zazen billions of times. Twice I fell right through the floor.

If we practice in this way we cannot help but realize that our thoughts are really nothing but secretions of the brain. Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors.

Kōshō Uchiyama

If you sit like this throughout thirty years, you will gain a good view over the landscape of zazen — and that means also a good view of the landscape of your own life. With the self fully subdued, one obtains the sublime refuge, which is very difficult to achieve.

We were side by side in this life at Antaiji, and at the same time, each of us was uchijama alone. Taken together, his translation and commentary truly constitute a “cookbook for life,” one that shows us how to live with an unbiased mind in the midst of our workaday world. When you travel far and wide to meet with masters, that means that you travel far and wide to meet with yourself.


She replied that the baby was just forty days old.

The father glued calligraphy rolls while the son studied traditional Japanese painting. He is talking about the most obvious fact — this life right here.

Monks are never that lucky, although one time I did receive four loaves of bread.

Right up to the start of the festival is great for doing takuhatsu, but once the floats start rolling down the street, forget it.

Japan was in the process of reforming itself politically and the new nation still lacked a stable foundation.

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Moreover, he learned the truth that there are things in life more important than money, position and fame. You know, for two or three yen, you don’t have to be so polite and do a full bow like that.

After an hour of this, there was barely 30 yen in my bowl. If you sit like this throughout thirty years, you will gain a good view over the landscape of zazen – and that means also a good view of the landscape of your own life.

Studying originally meant aspiring to discover the meaning of life. For this, you must follow the teaching of the master and the rules of the place of practice that you have decided for loyally, without stating your own preferences or judgements of good and bad.


At any rate, I had convinced myself that people were looking at me in that way. It is the posture of letting go. If you looked like you were going to give them some bread, they would come right up onto your hand, take it, and then go after the bread you had intended for yourself.

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. Self is our body and mind, that is, a collection of the five aggregates: It was cherry blossom time, the train was crowded and I was standing there holding onto one of the leather straps with one hand and a paperback in the other.

内山 (道融) 興正 Uchiyama (Dōyū) Kōshō ()

Stay in Touch Sign up. I am grateful for that, I have had no teacher or master or boss to bow down before, and the royalties are not something I need to bow to either.

But that has nothing to do with practicing Buddhism. Dusk at the vernal equinox, works the same way. No matter what the situation, we live the life of the Uchijama. Once I passed 50, takuhatsu became increasingly difficult for me. Shaking with fear, he was unable to fulfill his mission. I have to awaken the mind a billion times?

The truth reveals itself by itself in every place, why make a ksho effort to grasp it?