Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo
Hit the road with one of the most important Zen masters of the twentieth-century.
Eschewing the entrapments of vanity, power, and money, Kodo Sawaki Roshi lived a traveling and "homeless" life, going from temple to temple, student to student, teaching and instructing and never allowing himself to stray from his chosen path. Always clear, often funny, he jolts us into awakening.
Kosho Uchiyama expands and explains his teacher's wisdom with his commentary, drawing parallels between Zen teachings and Western philosophy. Shohaku Okumura adds his own insight, grounding his teachers' power and sagacity for the contemporary practitioner. Through this book, experience the timeless, practical wisdom of three generations of Zen masters.
"Sawaki Roshi's profound and simple Dharma expression comes from the depth of his empty, open heart, like the light of the sun or the flow of a river, pure and unhindered, touching and awakening that same place in ourselves."
—Mel Weitsman, founder of Berkeley Zen Center
"Provides pure, rich examples of living the Buddha Way by three renowned contemporary Zen practitioners. Filled with glimpses into their daily lives, it is replete with teachings that directly point to letting go of confusion and wholeheartedly living our actual lives."
—Steve Hagen, author of Buddhism Plain & Simple
"Clear and conversational. The variety among the three voices encourages the emergence of a fourth: yours, as you browse and come back again and again."
—Jisho Warner, founder of Stone Creek Zen Center
"A wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse of a vibrant lineage in action and an invaluable contribution to all schools of meditative living."
—Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath
"Kodo Sawaki was straight-to-the-point, irreverent, and deeply insightful—and one of the most influential Zen teachers for us in the West. Until now it has been very hard to find any of his writings in English. I'm very happy to see this book."
—Brad Warner, author of Hardcore Zen
"Studying this book is a rare chance to sit with three Zen masters as they bring forth the Dharma with their unique family style—compassionate, blunt, humorous, wholehearted—each one devotedly helping the other and helping us to wake up."
—Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts, Central Abbess, San Francisco Zen Center
"Shohaku Okumura is a true treasure for contemporary American Zen, humbly but clearly expressing this noble legacy."
—Taigen Dan Leighton, author of Zen Questions
Molly Delight Whitehead’s Preface
Shohaku Okumura’s Introduction
Kosho Uchiyama’s Introduction
The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo
1. No Need to be Chained
2. Having Finally Returned to a True Way of Life
3. What is Efficiency for?
4. Seeing with Fresh Eyes
5. The Greatness of Sawaki Roshi
6. Returning to the Self
8. Creating Sutras
9. What Is Happiness?
10. Making Human Beings into Commodities
11. Group Stupidity’s Relevance Today
12. Mob Psychology
13. The Fashion of the Day
14. Dazzled by the Multitude
15. Opinions Gone to Seed
17. Mistaking Technological Advancement for Human Transformation
18. Tunnel Vision
19. Gathering Food and Hatching Eggs
20. A Depressed Look
21. Calculating the Difference
22. Religion Is Life
23. Our Lives of Inertia
24. The Money Solution
25. Everyone Is Naked
26. Seeing the World from a Casket
27. Ghosts and the Power of Suggestion
28. In the Family
29. What Makes You Attractive?
30. One’s Own Life
31. The Viewpoint of the Ordinary Person
32. Zazen Rather Than Money
33. Feeling Like a King
34. My Opinion
35. Science and Human Beings
37. Halfway Zazen
38. Seeing According to Karmic Consciousness
39. Aborting the Self
40. What’s the Point of Working to Get Rich?
41. Pitiful Heavenly Beings
42. Only When We Practice
43. Zazen Is the Stability of One’s Whole Life
44. Being Overly Self-Conscious
45. A Holy Man
46. The Despair of the Ordinary Person
47. Zazen and Delusion
48. Spectator Zen
49. Zazen Is Good for Nothing
50. Changeable Mind
51. A Rose Is a Rose
52. Corruption and Rudeness
54. Grading Morality
55. Self-Centered Motivation
56. Seamless Practice
57. Dogen Zenji’s Appeal
58. The Value of Things
59. Habitual Views
61. The Self That Is Connected with the Universe
62. The Anxieties of Making a Living
63. The Blessings of the Universe
64. No Other
65. True Self Beyond Thinking
66. Enriching Our Lives
67. Live Your Own Life
68. A Burglar Breaks into an Empty House
69. Thief’s Action and Buddha’s Action
70. The “What Am I Going to Do?” Dance
71. Aiming in Emptiness
72. Sawaki Roshi’s Last Words
Kodo Sawaki Roshi’s Zazen
Recollections of My Teacher, Kodo Sawaki Roshi
The Life of Homeless Kodo