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You Have to Say Something (Manifesting Zen Insight) Paperback – January 4, 2000
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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by Dainin Katagiri with editing by Steve Hagen Published by Shambala, 1998
Reviewed by Keith Wiger: Reviewed for the Anchorage Zen Community Newsletter
I am a thoroughly biased reviewer of this recently-released collection of Katagiri Roshi lectures. Having identified Roshi as my teacher some twenty-five years ago, I count myself as one his surviving dharma-heirs. To have another collection of his writings is to have access to a part of the treasure that was his embodied teachings. I savor these short pithy pieces, enjoying the places they take me as I digest the various morsels. It's as though I once again am able to be with Roshi, and listen to his unique speech as he expounds on an obscure koan.
A couple of Roshi's students have recently published books that describe their relationships with him. Natalie Goldberg's Long Quiet Highway and Eric Storlie's Nothing on my Mind are personal accounts of Roshi's influence on their lives. I have read these accounts with great interest, curious in their descriptions and experiences if they had met the same man that I did. These accounts are secondary sources of the dharma as taught by Roshi---almost like listening in on the private interviews of a teacher and student. Reading the various lectures contained in this collection is a more direct link to his teaching.
I first met Roshi in 1974, and began attending his Saturday morning lectures at the Minnesota Zen Center soon thereafter. I often remember leaving these lectures with befuddlement. Three possibilites were conjured in these moments to explain my befuddled mind: 1. If only Roshi's Japoenglish were more clear and complete I would understand what he was saying; 2.Read more ›
Publishers Weekly doesn't know what they are talking about concerning this book. It's a gem, hands down. They claim Katagiri Roshi lacked humor in his approach to Zen; I mean, just look at the book's cover. It's not often we see such a happy face in our endeavors these days! Zen is practice. While this book may help folks, it's not actually zazen. Which ironically is what Katagiri was recommending in this exquisite piece of work! To Katagiri, zazen was the backbone to our very life. Roshi explained here how compassion is what gives one life and vitality, like drinking "spring water" as he had put it. And for the person over there at Publishers Weekly who seemed to suggest this book will not "lure newcomers", Katagiri Roshi left them some obviously unheeded advice, as well: "Beyond your likes and dislikes, you have to obey winter as it is. Then you will learn what winter really is." This book is WINTER!
Summer, winter. Which do you like?
Seung Sahn Zen master always said, "Only go straight." So now that we got that straight, thank you Publishers Weekly, for that stellar review! As for Amazon.com customers - by all means, buy this book. It's well worth the investment.
Katagiri San also sends home the time message that our compassion needs to extend to ALL things and not just humans or to just living beings.
There are many gems within the pages of this book any one of them is a sufficient teaching in itself to bring about a life transformed.
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Just do it. That is Roshi's legacy. Just do it, and see. Very clear, no frills, straight Zen practice.Published 7 months ago by Gordan O.
So grateful to have teachings preserved like those found in this book.Published 14 months ago by Nick Townsend
I have the pleasure to discover this great book. I could re-read it as soon as I finished. Many awareness moments within.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
"You have to say something" is not one of the easiest books I've read about Buddhism. I've read many books by various masters. Katagiri Roshi was a wonderful teacher. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gerald K. Yancey
I had to buy this book so I could read it again and again and again. This book will change your life.Published on March 1, 2014 by black and red
In my view, this book is as helpful as a Zen book can be. As far as I can judge the editor (and the follower of the author's teachings) Steve Hagen made the text especially clear.Published on September 2, 2013 by Igor