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Each Moment Is the Universe: Zen and the Way of Being Time Paperback – December 2, 2008
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“Katagiri conveys a zest for Zen understanding that differs from the calm inscrutability of other Zen Buddhists.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“In this book, Katagiri Roshi presents Dogen Zenji’s teachings on ‘being-time’ and teaches how the blossom of our life force can flourish amidst the flow of change. I recommend this book to all Zen practitioners and to anyone who wishes to enrich and ripen their life.”—Shohaku Okumura Roshi, Director, Soto Zen Buddhism International Center
“These are brilliant and lucid reflections on the immense significance of the present moment. These liberating teachings by Katagiri Roshi are unique and precious in their ability to help us learn to use time skillfully—and not to be used by it. A major contribution for all schools of meditation.”—Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath and Living in the Light of Death
“This book is a spring of nectar for new and seasoned practitioners alike.”—Tulku Thondup, author of Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth
About the Author
Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1928, Dainin Katagiri was trained traditionally as a Zen teacher. He first came to the United States in 1963, to help with a Soto Zen Temple in Los Angeles. He later joined Shunryu Suzuki Roshi at the San Francisco Zen Center and taught there until Suzuki Roshi’s death in 1971. He was then invited to form a new Zen center in Minneapolis, which, in addition to a monastery in the countryside of Minnesota, he oversaw until his death in 1990. He left behind a legacy of recorded teachings and twelve Dharma heirs. Katagiri is the author of several books, including Returning to Silence and You Have to Say Something.
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I remember reading it about 5 years ago and only a few of the chapters hit me as a "wow" moment--but I still appreciated Katagiri's heartfelt attempt at explaining time-being-space and the importance of our lives!
I have now since finished my second read (after more years of zen practice) and this time, its depth and compassion really speak to me. I have to say, it is mind altering and life enhancing.
Boing: the selections in the first chapters lay a nice foundation from which to spring forward.
Pop: the middle selections provide the essence of Dogen's teaching of "Uji" (Being-time).
Katagiri mentions that there are 6,400,099,180 moments times 65 instants in a day.
In the stillness of the night you are driving and a deer POPs in to your headlights!
At the "pivot of nothingness" POP! "Wow, a deer!" Act. Be kind! Killing Buddha!
Ohhh: the last selections, however, seem to stray from the central theme of being-time, at least as it was presented by Dogen in Shobogenzo, "Uji."
I've read several commentaries on "Uji" and neither they nor "Uji" itself deal with "karma."
Yet, Andrea Martin has thrown in many selections where Katagiri discussed karma, cause and effect, the law of causation, reincarnation. He's trying to explain how life moves, develops, matures from the instantaneous/impermanent POP to a meaningful existence.
Particularly misleading (in my mind--and probably in the frustrated mind of reviewer Asp) is the inclusion of Katagiri's discussion of the complex Buddhist psychology of "Vijnanavada." Its concepts of container/seed/perfume implies a linear progression of time applied to human consciousness.
Ohhh, maybe you can save that deer in a future life.
Dogen actually revolted against any implication of linearity in "Uji." He certainly did not want to limit Being-time just to humans.
Chapter 24, "How to make Life Mature," seems to complicate an otherwise fine treatment of the theme of time.
Nevertheless, the book as a whole is huge. Katagiri simplifies many of the deep thoughts about time.
Required reading for Zen Buddhists.
As Dharma gates are boundless and the Heart Sutra guide and refuge, I bow deeply to these teachings and all who made this book possible.
It will cause you to appreciate single moments, and possibly every single moment, in a way that you may have never thought possible.
He has definitely decided to SAY SOMETHING; in this phenomenal book. Katagiri-Roshi writes about Buddhism in a way like none other, his writing is both intimate and profound.
Not having much of a Buddhhist background this was not an easy read for me, I will be re-reading this one.