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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So for me too, true zazen naturally means shikantaza — just sitting.

Now I begin to almost cower in front of every house and after taking a quick glance at the owner, I move on to the following place without looking back or even intoning the usual takuhatsu greeting.

When Sawaki Roshi would come back to Antaiji to lead sesshin, I wanted to have a special treat kosbo lotus root on his tray for him, I would go to the market to get some and not have the few yen the greengrocer asked for. The billion-fold awakening of awakened mind does not mean anything more than the living breath of vigorous life.

So dropping off body and mind means opening the hand of thought and returning to zazen a billion times. As long as we are alive, there will always be fortunate things and unfortunate things happening in our lives. Opening uchiayma Hand of Thought 33 ratings. Doing zazen is ceasing to be a person always gauging gain and loss and evaluating life according to such calculations.

The father glued calligraphy rolls while the son studied traditional Japanese painting. So he knows both Christianity and Buddhism.

How to Cook Your Life

The most important point is to repeat this kakusoku billions of times. And then, though I received grudging recognition as a monk, people still seemed to look at me as that guy in the begging business. This kind of takuhatsu neurosis continued for about a year. The truth reveals itself by itself in every place, why make a special effort to grasp it?


Being happy and laughing, every day is a good day. I used what little money I had to get there on the electric train.

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. When they lose status, they experience much suffering, just like the heavenly beings of ancient Buddhist cosmology. In short, doing zazen is to stop doing anything, to face the wall, and to sit, just being yourself that is only the Self.

Sodo, too, must have been deeply moved by this, because he composed the following verse. This made it imperative that I put all my energy into takuhatsu.

Kosho Uchiyama Roshi Quotes (Author of How to Cook Your Life)

Still, no matter how large or small the amount, to the extent that I kossho solicited it, it is no different from a donation put into my bowl when I am out on takuhatsu. When you pick a hundred weeds, you are picking yourself a hundred times. As I said before, takuhatsu is a kind of donation collection. And before I knew it, people got used to my new style. If you follow your master in this way, than this uchijama is the basis on which you can follow yourself.

I had to figure out how to cut corners everywhere to get a little extra time for zazen and study. At times like that, I have felt so wretched. Still, even though whatever may happen is okay, if you do not apply any businesslike principle to your activities, even to one like takuhatsu, you will end up a fool.

The body and mind of the Buddha way is grasses and trees, stones and tiles, wind and rain, fire and water. For more mentions of Kosho Uchiyama on cuke. He spent the time making charcoal. That is why Dogen Zenji says: 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.


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Some Buddhist teacher who was once Christian, you know, can compare Buddhism to Christianity. In the same way, if some monk happens to stop ufhiyama front of your house, you might think that another one of those pigeons has come around, and you open the door and toss one or two yen into his bowl, just as you would toss bread to the birds.

Dogen Zenji taught that our attitude should be one of practice and diligent work in any situation whatsoever. That is why I would now like to try to play the role of a sort of interpreter between the two standpoints. I’m not very good at insisting on things going my way, but I tend to be a fairly persevering person; if there is a wall and I keep pushing at it, I tend to believe that eventually it will fall.

If we look at humankind from a long view of billions of years, this animal called Homo sapiens is nothing more than ucchiyama single existence that suddenly appeared in this universe and will leave it without a udhiyama.

Once you realize that you are thinking when you are supposed to be doing nothing, and return to zazen, the thoughts which appeared as clearly before you as if they were pictures on the T. Kosgo didn’t know up from down, but his kosh clearly yearned for the way.

By the mid-fifties, people mostly thought that the war was completely behind them, but for people like us, the war was barely over. Pigeons approached and I would break off a little uchigama the bread I was eating and share it with them.

I cannot compare Christianity to Buddhism.