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Product Details

  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Kyoto Soto-Zen Center; First Printing edition (1990)
  • ASIN: B000OZ4408
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,518,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M on January 12, 2015
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Good not great. I wanted to really like this book. And I do like a lot of the ideas. But I think the collection of quotes and commentary could have been stronger and a touch more practically oriented. It feels like too many pages are spend on negative comments, denigrating people who don't follow The Way. And while it makes sense why they feel such people are not following The Way, and perhaps they're even right, still, such negativity doesn't really seem in the Zen spirit being helpful to those who may not have found their way yet.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kaiyo on November 6, 2007
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This little gem of a book is a collection of the teachings of Kodo Sawaki Roshi (1880-1965), with a commentary by his main disciple, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi. Because of Sawaki Roshi's continuous travels throughout Japan to practice zazen with people everywhere, he began to be called "homeless Kodo."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zen Elder on February 24, 2015
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A nice collection of the teachings of Kodo Sawaki, commented on by Uchiyama Roshi and Shohaku Okumura. I wish the chapters were longer, but they're based on article in the newspaper, so they had a set amount of space. Good for moments when you'd like something short to read and contemplate.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By martin bello on January 14, 2015
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I have been involved with the study and practice of many different forms of buddhist spirituality over the last 28 years...The wisdom, compassion, and humor that resonate from the reading of this book are astounding! Given the simplicity of the writing, I could recommend this book strongly to almost anyone, even those who knew relatively little about buddhist philosophy etc
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As wonderful as it is to have a new edition of Sawaki Roshi's teachings, I am particularly grateful that Okumura Roshi et al included Uchiyama Roshi's essay "Kodo Sawaki Roshi's Zazen." The text appearing on pp. 214-230 is perhaps the clearest, most succinct and approachable explanations of zazen I have encountered. This is truly a profound teaching.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill and Carol Nielsen on December 8, 2014
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Concise. True spiritual approach to life is not complex. Morality, ethics and no opinions. Uchiyama and Okumura lead on, and I follow along.
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