Monthly Archives: October 2016

Zazen as True Religion

The Wholehearted Way: A Translation of Eihei Dogen’s Bendowa With a Commentary by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi.  211 pp. “My late teacher Sawaki Kodo Roshi used to say that when we read Buddhist scriptures, we should illuminate our own mind with the ancient teachings and squeeze out the Buddha-dharma as our own expression.  I have been … Continue reading Zazen as True Religion

Not Little Enough

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.  Anchor Books.  816 pp.  $17.00. I began this book with great enthusiasm and sped through the first two hundred pages.  Hanya Yanagihara is a wonderfully skilled novelist and pulled me right into the story.  But by the last two hundred I was seriously tired of the book, almost dreaded … Continue reading Not Little Enough

No Final State

How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment.  Dogen’s classic Instruction for the Zen Cook with commentary by Kosho Uchiyama.  Shambhala.  122 pp.  $16.95. There are people in this world who believe that spiritual practice involves working and working and working, or suffering and suffering and suffering (or—on the other hand—not working … Continue reading No Final State