In her most recent work, The Great Failure: A Bartender, A Monk, and My Unlikely Path to Truth , Goldberg revisits her memories of Katagiri Roshi in the light of the posthumous discovery that he had been sexually involved with a few of his female students. The Great Failure examines her connection with both Roshi, whom she views as her spiritual father, and her own biological father—two men whom she loved deeply, but by whom she felt disappointed and betrayed. So what possessed you to write about failure? The Great Failure is beyond good and bad. I had a lot of deluded ideas about what it is to have a relationship with a father. And I had the dream of perfection with Katagiri Roshi.

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Previous page. Kindle Edition. Next page. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime. Books By Dainin Katagiri. The Zen view of time is radically different than that: time is not something separate from our life; rather, our life is time.

Understand this, says Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and you can live fully and freely right where you are in each moment. Katagiri bases his teaching on Being Time , a text by the most famous of all Zen masters, Eihei Dogen — , to show that time is a creative, dynamic process that continuously produces the universe and everything in it—and that to understand this is to discover a gateway to freedom from the dissatisfactions of everyday life.

He guides us in contemplating impermanence, the present moment, and the ungraspable nature of past and future. He discusses time as part of our inner being, made manifest through constant change in ourselves and our surroundings. And these ideas are by no means metaphysical abstractions: they can be directly perceived by any of us through meditation.

Other Formats: Hardcover , Paperback. Dainin Katagiri — was a central figure in the transmission of Zen in America. His first book, Returning to Silence, emphasized the need to return to our original, enlightened state of being, and became one of the classics of Zen in America. In You Have to Say Something, selections from his talks have been collected to address another key theme of Katagiri's teaching: that of bringing Zen insight to bear on our everyday experience.

When we approach life in this way, every activity—everything we do, everything we say—becomes an opportunity for manifesting our own innate wisdom. With extraordinary freshness and immediacy, Katagiri shows the reader how this wisdom not only enlivens our spiritual practice but can help make our life a rich, seamless whole. For twenty-five hundred years Buddhism has taught that everyone is Buddha—already enlightened, lacking nothing.

But still there is the question of how we can experience that truth in our lives. In this book, Dainin Katagiri points to the manifestation of enlightenment right here, right now, in our everyday routine. Genuineness of practice lies in "just living" our lives wholeheartedly. The Zen practice of sitting meditation zazen is this not a means to an end but is the activity of enlightenment itself.

That is why Katagiri Roshi says, "Don't expect enlightenment—just sit down! It also offers a commentary on "The Bodhisattva's Four Methods of Guidance" from Dogen Zenji's Shobogenzo, which speaks in depth about the appropriate actions of those who guide others in the practice of the Buddha Way.

Throughout these pages, Katagiri Roshi energetically brings to life the message that "Buddha is your daily life. Other Formats: Paperback. A Zen Buddhist perspective on the universal flow of cosmic energy and how to incorporate that energy into one's life and spiritual practice--from one of the most revered figures in American Zen. The universe is alive with a dynamic energy that creates and sustains our lives. It surrounds us, flows through us, and is available to us in every moment. Spiritual practice, according to Dainin Katagiri Roshi, is about aligning ourselves with this ever-present life force--sometimes referred to as c hi, qi , or ki.

This collection, edited from his talks, focuses on cosmic energy as it relates to all aspects of Zen practice. With references to classic texts and personal stories that bring the teachings to life, The Light That Shines through Infinity is also a powerful antidote to the notion that practice is in some way about transcending the world around us.

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Quotable Katagiri

At that moment Te-shan had a great enlightenment. It was incomprehensible that I would never see my beloved teacher again. Of everyone I knew, he alone did not seem afraid of the great darkness. They could really fight. Tough, good soldiers.


When the Candle is Blown Out: On The Death of Katagiri Roshi

The Rabbi was expressing an existential truth: each individual being is important, but not self-important. Western psychology has had precious little to say about modesty and humility. Modesty and humility had no place of honor within that standard model. Persons with low degrees of Honesty-Humility, on the other hand, are self-important, motivated by material gain, tempted to bend rules to get ahead, and Machiavellian in their relationships with others. Honesty-Humility almost sounds like the ideal Buddhist personality factor: ethics, modesty, and non-greed. It also sounds maybe a little Canadian, eh?


Beyond Betrayal

Katagiri was important in helping bring Zen Buddhism from Japan to the United States during its formative years—especially to the American Midwest. He is also the credited author of several books compiled from his talks. Dainin Katagiri was born in Osaka, Japan on January 19, He was ordained a monk by and named a Dharma heir of Daicho Hayashi at Taizo-in in Fukui, and went on to study under Eko Hashimoto at Eiheiji for three years.

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