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"You are Buddha, so learn to behave as a Buddha. Go beyond your self-centered ideas, your likes and dislikes." So begins a section in the essay, "Bodhi Mind," by the influential American Zen master Katagiri. Though these instructions sound easy, these collected essays are not for the beginner. The anthology's no-nonsense style and approach hit the reader like a slap with a stick from a Zen meditation teacher correcting one's posture in Zen meditation. While erudite and informed, these essays lack any humor and warmth that might entice the novice to sample the delights of Zen even further. The lessons stare up at you like figures from a spreadsheet, demanding a reader's uncritical acceptance. The essays read like the thoughts of a Zen bureaucrat rather than a lover of this rich and profound path to self-knowledge.
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     "Through vivid imagery, humorous anecdotes, and an irrepressible sense of astonishment, Katagiri Roshi reminds us through this collection of talks that the heart of Zen lies in the very moment we are living now." –Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism without Beliefs
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  • Series: Manifesting Zen Insight
  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; F First Paperback Edition Used edition (January 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570624623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570624629
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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YOU HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING: Manifesting Zen Insight
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.
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Whenever a person ponders Zen philosophy and it's practice, there is normally a list of names one runs through their mind concerning those they have looked to for guidance and inspiration over the years; Dainin Katagiri was just that sort of individual to me. Often overlooked, and even more frequently wholly unheard of, he was unquestionably one of the most prolific of Zen masters to have taught in the modern era. Fortunate for all of us, by 1990 (the year of his death) he had already touched countless of lives through his leadership at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center as well as his travels all across the globe. He truly was, as some have described him over the years, a "living Buddha."

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.
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By Jack on January 18, 2000
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Clear and concise, this book is one to carry with you any time. Katagiri beautifully elucidates right thinking and action in a compassionate, encouraging manner. Whenever I pick up this book I feel nourished and called to be a better person.
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What a delightful little read that holds a wealth of wisdom. the author in acknowledging his personal challenges in living the teaching creates great enthusiasm and support for the reader and highlights the importance and possibility of sincere and diligent practice.

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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By Konrei on September 15, 2007
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YOU HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING is Katagiri-roshi's cheerful follow-up to his Returning to Silence (Shambhala Dragon Editions). No "heavyweight" Zen here, this is just a collection of Katagiri's teisho (teachings) presented in the form of short, pithy, and humorous discourses. It's a quick read (I started and finished it while waiting for new reading glasses at the optometrist's, about a three hour wait) that invites deeper and more contemplative perusals---a single reading is worth hours of reflection. A wonderful book for both the committed practitioner and the newcomer, this comes highly recommended.
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This is one of the few that I read and re-read. Katigiri is not nearly as well known as Thich Nhat Hanh but he is every bit as compassionate and subtle in his teaching. Beautiful book.
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