The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo

The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo Review

Abandon your treasured delusions and hit the road with one of the most important Zen masters of twentieth-century Japan.

Eschewing the entrapments of vanity, power, and money, "Homeless" Kodo Sawaki Roshi refused to accept a permanent position as a temple abbot, despite repeated offers. Instead, he lived a traveling, "homeless" life, going from temple to temple, student to student, teaching and instructing and never allowing himself to stray from his chosen path. He is responsible for making Soto Zen available to the common people outside of monasteries.

His teachings are short, sharp, and powerful. Always clear, often funny, and sometimes uncomfortably close to home, they jolt us into awakening.

Kosho Uchiyama expands and explains his teacher's wisdom with his commentary. Trained in Western philosophy, he draws parallels between Zen teachings and the Bible, Descartes, and Pascal. Shohaku Okumura has also added his own commentary, grounding his teachers' power and sagacity for the contemporary, Western practitioner.

Experience the timeless, practical wisdom of three generations of Zen masters.

Title:The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo

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  • Peycho Kanev

    KODO SAWAKI:Once someone asked me, “I understand that when we do zazen, we manifest buddha, but when we don’t do zazen, are we just ordinary deluded people?” Do you think that when you’re stea...

  • Bakunin

    "Without demanding "give it to me!" we make and receive offerings. The world in which we give and receive is a serene and beautiful world. It differs from the world of scrambling for things. It's vast...

  • Nathan

    Thought it would be more stories and anecdotes from the day to day lifestyle of 'homeless kodo' but it was a more a series of thoughts and opinions (most of it common sense and plenty of it rather jud...

  • Levas

    Very nice collection of teachings from Dogen-lineage. Though at times the format of these teachings themselves was a bit difficult, but all in all it is highly recommended...

  • John Porcellino

    Uchiyama Roshi relates stories from his teacher Kodo Sawaki Roshi, an iconoclastic 20th Century Zen Master, with commentary. Excellent....

  • Patrick Taylor

    Some really good thoughts on Zen Buddhism and how it applies to contemporary life, in understandable, non gooey language. I wish I had had this book when I was 15 or 20....

  • Brian Wilcox

    A good read chapter-by-chapter, for daily inspiration and Zen-wise guidance. Soto Zen is presented in a way that can speak unprejudiced to persons of other wisdom paths. This is a book about timeless ...

  • Jeremy

    A good, practical book of Buddhist insights. Most of it takes the general structure of a short saying from Kodo Sawaki, followed by expansion/interpretation from his student, Kosho Uchiyama, and then ...

  • Naomi Ayala

    Really enjoyed the short passages that made up the chapters, which made it easier to pick up the thread when I was forced to read sporadically. There were many fabulous anecdotes throughout the book; ...

  • Keith

    This is a damn good book. It's like, you have Homeless Kodo making these short, pithy comments, some wise, a lot of them wiseass. Like fart jokes, even. Then his student, Kosho Uchiyama, gives a comme...