By Shohaku Okumura
Abandon your precious delusions and hit the line with the most vital Zen masters of twentieth-century Japan.
Eschewing the entrapments of shallowness, energy, and cash, "Homeless" Kodo Sawaki Roshi refused to simply accept an enduring place as a temple abbot, regardless of repeated bargains. as an alternative, he lived a touring, "homeless" existence, going from temple to temple, pupil to pupil, instructing and educating and not permitting himself to stray from his selected direction. he's liable for making Soto Zen on hand to the typical humans open air of monasteries.
His teachings are brief, sharp, and robust. regularly transparent, frequently humorous, and infrequently uncomfortably just about domestic, they jolt us into awakening.
Kosho Uchiyama expands and explains his teacher's knowledge along with his statement. proficient in Western philosophy, he attracts parallels among Zen teachings and the Bible, Descartes, and Pascal. Shohaku Okumura has additionally further his personal observation, grounding his lecturers' energy and sagacity for the modern, Western practitioner.
adventure the undying, useful knowledge of 3 generations of Zen masters.
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