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"Dosho weaves together the biography of his teacher with his own life as his student in a way that perfectly illustrates how Zen is transmitted through the generations, mind to mind, across all the seemingly insurmountable barriers of time and cultural difference." (Barry Magid, author of Ending the Pursuit of Happiness and Nothing Is Hidden)

"The author generously sprinkles personal stories and Zen lore throughout this insightful book, laughing-sometimes through tears-at the perils and joys encountered by those who persevere along this ancient path. An insightful book." (Bodhin Kjolhede, Abbot of the Rochester Zen Center)

"A wonderful book--I highly recommend it." (Nonin Chowaney, Abbot of the Nebraska Zen Center)

"As Dogen Zenji said, Dharma teachers and disciples are like entwining of vines (katto in Japanese). Whether disciples are in the stage of faithfully following the teacher's style of teaching and practice, of rebelliously trying to become independent from the teacher, or of being mature enough for going beyond, the teacher's dharma always deeply penetrates the disciple. In this book Dosho Port offers one of the examples of continuation of Dharma from teacher to disciple, from the East to the West." (Shohaku Okumura)

"This is a lovely, lovely book that can be read fruitfully by both beginners and those who are deeply familiar with the Zen way. Dosho Port is a worthy heir to his teacher." (James Ishmael Ford, abbot of Boundless Way Zen and author of Zen Master WHO? and If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break)

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Dosho Port is a Zen priest and Dharma heir of Dainin Katagiri in the Soto Zen tradition. He has also trained with Tangen Harada, Thich Nhat Hanh, and John Daido Loori. Dosho teaches with Wild Fox Zen at Transforming Through Play Temple in White Bear, Minnesota. He is a half-time single parent of two wonderful children and the program lead in a school for adolescents with severe behavior problems.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861715683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861715688
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dosho Port captures Katagiri Roshi, Zen, himself and the relationship of all three in this tiny, dense book. The trees on the cover show it well, similar in all but size, and the one from the seed of the other. Dosho adds to the package his own in depth and intense knowledge of Zen.

A quite different view of the Roshi than another biographical attempt I have read. In biography the accuracy of the lens has much to do with the accuracy of the portrait. I understand the decision not to explore the Roshi's sexual indiscretions, the book would have wandered away from Zen, but still, it is part of the picture that I would have liked filled in by an understanding hand. Maybe the next book?
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Dainin Katagiri roshi is one of the Japanese Zen Masters that helped to establish Zen Practice in America. Reading this book gave flesh and bones to a Zen Master that I've only heard about but never knew.
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This quite simply is amongst the most inspiring of all the modern Zen books I've read. It is unique in that it is not merely a collection of transcribed Dharma talks, but instead a look at the wholehearted practice of of its author as was taught to him by a Western Zen pioneer.

This is the perfect reaction to all the Zen books that act has pacifiers to those who want Zen to be a path of personal self improvement. This book gives you the visceral feeling of true Zen practice.
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By C. Hintz on September 12, 2009
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This book was neither easy for me to read nor easy to set down. I have read most of it twice. Dosho Mike Port really dusts the middle path, making it visible to the younger students who might walk it. While different from Les Kaye's "Zen at Work" and Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" (which is THE must-read book), this book recalls episodes with Dainin Katagiri. His teaching style, though gentle, was powerful. Dosho Mike Port noticed profound teaching in everyday interaction. "Keep Me in Your Heart a While" is a collection of such incidents. Starting with an encounter with Katagiri, touching a theme, and the mining the relationship between teacher and student, each chapter shares that Zen experience. Whether in traditional Chu'an (as in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), experiencing fellowship in a craft (an instructive tongue, an attentive ear, & a faithful heart), or walking the Zen path, there remains a universal quality. Thank you for writing this book, Dosho...
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