KODO SAWAKI PDF

He is considered to be one of the most significant Zen priests of his time for bringing Zen practice into the lives of laypeople [2] and popularizing the ancient tradition of sewing the kesa. Peter Sloterdijk has called him "one of the most striking Zen masters of recent times. Sawaki was born in Tsu, Mie on June 16, After being discharged in , [1] Sawaki became head student at Soshin-ji.

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He is considered to be one of the most significant Zen priests of his time for bringing Zen practice into the lives of laypeople [2] and popularizing the ancient tradition of sewing the kesa. Peter Sloterdijk has called him "one of the most striking Zen masters of recent times. Sawaki was born in Tsu, Mie on June 16, After being discharged in , [1] Sawaki became head student at Soshin-ji.

He later became a Zen teacher, and during the s he served as a professor at Komazawa University. Sawaki died on December 21, , at Antaiji.

He is known for his rigorous emphasis on zazen, in particular the practice of shikantaza , or "just sitting". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Kodo Sawaki. Tsu, Mie , Japan. Antai-ji , Kyoto. Wisdom Publications. You Must Change Your Life. Polity Press. Zen Master Who? Sanshin Zen Community. Archived from the original on March 29, Retrieved April 26, Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history.

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Kodo Sawaki

Kodo Sawaki was born in in Tsu, in the Mie prefecture. Orphaned at the age of ten, he was adopted by his lazy, gambling-addict uncle and his ex-prostitute wife. At the age of thirteen, he started working in the gambling district as a watchman for the Yakuza to survive. In , without real support from family or friends, the poor sixteen-year-old Kodo Sawaki traveled on foot to Eihei-Ji Temple the main Soto Zen temple founded in by Dogen. He wanted to become a monk but instead got a place in the temple as a servant.

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Kōdō Sawaki

He is considered to be one of the most significant Zen priests of his time for bringing Zen practice into the lives of laypeople and popularizing the ancient tradition of sewing the kesa. This religious leader article is a stub. You can help Wikiquote by expanding it. Each and every one of us has to live out his own life. Zen ni kike To you Tokyo: Daihorinkaku, Religion means living your own life, completely fresh and new, without being taken in by anyone. Zen ni kike To you Tokyo: Daihorinkaku, Hey! What are you looking at?

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Biography of Master Kodo Sawaki

Born in and orphaned in early childhood, Sawaki ran away from his caretaker at the age of 16 to become a monk. Not long after he was ordained, he was drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army and served during the Russo-Japanese War of — When the war concluded, he returned to his study of Zen, eventually taking responsibility of Antaiji Shichikurin Sanzen Dojo in It has been translated from the Japanese original by Muho Noelke, the current abbot of Antaiji, and Reiho Haasch, a teacher in the lineage. Sawaki is especially known for his nomadic lifestyle and for emphasizing the importance of meditation over the study of texts or working with koans. If his words here are any indication, however, he must also be remembered for his charismatic and direct style of communication, which can sometimes border on the irreverent.

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