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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On top of that, Antaiji had deteriorated so badly during 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 expenses.

That is to say that we do not practice zazen to have satori experiences, to solve a lot of koans or receive a transmission certificate. Finally, I will feel that this translation has been successful if it is able to convey to readers even a little of the humor and pathos, sometimes subtle, sometimes not so subtle, imbedded in roshi’s discussion of takuhatsu.

Another time I met one beggar three days in a row.

While doing zazen we should refrain from doing anything, yet, being human, we begin to think; we engage in a dialogue with the thoughts in our minds. In every situation the Self lives the life of the Self — such a self must do itself by itself. 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.

To practice zazen is to stop being an ordinary human being.

If we encounter unhappiness, we should work through it sincerely. Zazen means awakening from distraction and confusion and from dullness and fatigue, awakening to zazen billions of times.


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

At the age of 19, he entered Ents! Also by DogenKosho Uchiyama Roshi. To let go off the self and practice egolessness again means to let go off the measuring stick that we are always carrying around with us in our brains.

In those uchiayma, Antaiji looked gruesome. The master is YOUR master. The stories are humorous enough as they are, but then after the humor is appreciated, the reader may have to return once more to think about the purpose in hchiyama conveying his message as he did.

内山 (道融) 興正 Uchiyama (Dōyū) Kōshō ()

I thought of giving up and doing some kind of part-time work. After finishing primary school, Saikichi took over the paper lantern business, which was how he fed his hedonistic adoptive parents his step-mother had been a prostitute.

People in Kyoto have long dhad this fear of malevolent spirits. Human beings work diligently merely to avoid boredom.

He retired to Antai-ji where he died in at the age of The thought of such a scene may bring a smile, but I can tell you personally, the reality of it is not pleasant. If there were some intrinsic reason why a person aspiring to live out a religious life should do takuhatsu, what could it be? uchiyaam

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And, likewise, being sad and hopeless is also a good day. So Saikichi as a young boy had already experienced what happens behind the curtains of our complicated world. One thing people out on takuhatsu cannot abide are all the other people plying the trade. When you hear that you get a taste of yourself and awake to yourself through yourself, you might jump to the conclusion that you should practice alone, all for yourself, without having a master point the way out for you.


There are only calculations using our expectations as a yardstick. I would collect half-smoked cigarettes left behind by guests and smoke the tobacco in long reed-like pipes—pretty despicable, I admit.

And then, after twenty years, sit anew for another ten years. Little by little, I would get back my sprit and walk through the streets searching for that gold vein and, inevitably, my luck would ucchiyama. The monks go out on takuhatsu through the streets uchiama the city, all of them carrying bags around their necks with the name of the monastery clearly written on the front of it.

He leaned over to see what I was reading, but unfortunately for him it looked rather difficult, so for a while he just sat next to me without saying a word. I once heard from one of the shop owners that on average five groups a day passed by looking for a handout. When an able-bodied male is just walking around begging for money, people look at him with contempt. Following that, Sawaki was drafted as a soldier in the Japanese-Russian War which broke out in and earned a golden medal.

In short, doing zazen is to stop doing anything, to face the wall, and to sit, just being yourself that is only the Self. Practice has no end! When I make a big mess of something, what can I do besides accept it? I have to awaken the mind a billion times? We are experiencing technical difficulties. In the old days, the practicing monks would put on their straw hats and straw sandals to travel through the whole country in search of a good master and place of practice.