Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo

Commentaries by Shohaku Okumura / Edited by Jokei Molly Delight Whitehead / Translated by Shohaku Okumura

About The Book

Abandon your treasured delusions and hit the road with one of the most important Zen masters of twentieth-century Japan.

Eschewing the entrapments of vanity, power, and money, "Homeless" Kodo Sawaki Roshi refused to accept a permanent position as a temple abbot, despite repeated offers. Instead, he lived a traveling, "homeless" life, going from temple to temple, student to student, teaching and instructing and never allowing himself to stray from his chosen path. He is responsible for making Soto Zen available to the common people outside of monasteries.

His teachings are short, sharp, and powerful. Always clear, often funny, and sometimes uncomfortably close to home, they jolt us into awakening.

Kosho Uchiyama expands and explains his teacher's wisdom with his commentary. Trained in Western philosophy, he draws parallels between Zen teachings and the Bible, Descartes, and Pascal. Shohaku Okumura has also added his own commentary, grounding his teachers’ power and sagacity for the contemporary, Western practitioner.

Experience the timeless, practical wisdom of three generations of Zen masters.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (November 4, 2014)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781614290476

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Raves and Reviews

"Sawaki Roshi's profound and simple Dharma expression comes from the depth of his empty, open heart, like the light of the sun or the flow of a river, pure and unhindered, touching and awakening that same place in ourselves."

– Mel Weitsman, founder of Berkeley Zen Center

"Provides pure, rich examples of living the Buddha Way by three renowned contemporary Zen practitioners. Filled with glimpses into their daily lives, it is replete with teachings that directly point to letting go of confusion and wholeheartedly living our actual lives."

– Steve Hagen, author of Buddhism Plain & Simple

"Clear and conversational. The variety among the three voices encourages the emergence of a fourth: yours, as you browse and come back again and again."

– Jisho Warner, founder of Stone Creek Zen Center

"A wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse of a vibrant lineage in action and an invaluable contribution to all schools of meditative living."

– Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath

"Kodo Sawaki was straight-to-the-point, irreverent, and deeply insightful—and one of the most influential Zen teachers for us in the West. Until now it has been very hard to find any of his writings in English. I'm very happy to see this book."

– Brad Warner, author of Hardcore Zen

"Studying this book is a rare chance to sit with three Zen masters as they bring forth the Dharma with their unique family style—compassionate, blunt, humorous, wholehearted—each one devotedly helping the other and helping us to wake up."

– Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts, Central Abbess, San Francisco Zen Center

"Shohaku Okumura is a true treasure for contemporary American Zen, humbly but clearly expressing this noble legacy."

– Taigen Dan Leighton, author of Zen Questions