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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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 roshi’s conveying his message as he did. Another time I met one beggar three days in a row. From there, he was sent to another temple in which he met Fueoka Ry!

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Who can figure out the meaning of money in the world these days? To follow the Buddha way means to follow yourself.

Even today, the immense influence that he has had on our society can be felt. Since all of the science departments at these universities were receiving financial aid from the government, the universities were obligated to follow those orders. How can we distinguish practice from certification? Is there such a thing as luck? This is where Saikichi spent his four years of primary school. I was both touched by the loveliness of the gesture and grateful by this woman’s very warm spirit of teaching an infant to give money to a monk on takuhatsu.

Right from the start you have to know clearly that no master is perfect: These few minutes of confusion and hurrying around just before the storm hits are great for raising uchiya,a.


Opening the Hand of Thought 33 ratings. 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. Finally, there were only two of us left at Antaiji, the leaf flute artist, Yokoyama Sodo and me 1.

How would it be to read it like this: Afterward I feel so ashamed I wish I uchiymaa disappear. Similarly we discriminate between satori and delusion, and strive to attain satori. Nov 08, Pages Buy. To leave this way of life based on comparison is to free ourselves from samsara.

Self is our body and mind, that is, a collection of the five aggregates: Instead klsho have got to accept it as the vigorous life that it is. Surprisingly, people would finish their call and chase me down the street to put something in my bowl.

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All kinds of arise. On the surface, these two are contradictory. The deep resonating sound of a nearby temple bell announces that it is the end of the day. Freshness of life means opening the hand of thought. A few grains of sand. 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.

To practice zazen is to stop being an ordinary human being. Right from the start you have to know clearly that no master is perfect: Although this may seem like an overblown way of putting it, to get over my neurosis regarding takuhatsu, it was necessary for me to become personally aware of my religious mission to society as a mendicant priest.


His first wife died of tuberculosis when roshi and his wife were in their mid-twenties and his second wife died in childbirth along with the child when roshi was in his late twenties.

As I was reciting it, a passerby dropped another ten-yen coin in the bowl and no sooner had I begun the prayer again, when another passerby added ten more yen.

Anyway, you practice real hard, now. Usually, however, people do not understand this. On top of that, Antaiji had deteriorated so badly during the war that so Losho 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. When Sawaki Roshi would come back to Antaiji to lead sesshin, I wanted to have a special kossho of 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.

Festivals are another special occasion. Far from it, I had to keep my mind on how to juggle doing takuhatsu and caring for the temple. Some Buddhist teacher who was once Christian, you know, can compare Buddhism to Christianity. Jchiyama away, I move on, and right away, the next fellow comes out to put money in the bowl.