To You: Zen Sayings of Kōdō Sawaki

Hohm Press, 2021 - 236 ページ
Kodo Sawaki Roshi [1880-1965] was commonly referred to as "Homeless Kodo" due to his nomadic lifestyle. In the tradition of Soto Zen, which emphasizes zazen (sitting meditation practice) above the use of texts and koans, he is one of the most influential teachers of the twentieth century. In this book, hundreds of pith sayings taken from his wide-ranging teachings have been carefully compiled and grouped according to subject by one of his closest students.
The reader is easily struck by Sawaki's sincerity, depth and directness. What comes across so immediately is his uncompromising dedication to zazen and his determination to transmit an authentic practice. This he does by pointing out, with biting accuracy, the many pitfalls we "ordinary humans" stumble into. His teaching is at the same time both completely faithful to the Buddhist ancestors and absolutely relevant to our many modern predicaments. Are you worried about your career? Fighting with your spouse? Concerned about money? Complaining about how busy you are? Homeless Kodo has a piece of advice for you.
Kodo Sawaki Roshi also has an appeal to those who are decidedly irreligious, in his irreverence and criticism of hollow traditions. He ruthlessly challenges political and societal conformity, consistently referring his readers back to the essence tenets of zen.

Very few of his works have been translated into European languages. Of all his books, perhaps it is this one, To You, (enthusiastically received in both French and German) which best captures his contribution to the tradition.
While Kodo Sawaki Roshi is still a lesser-known teacher in the West, some of his disciples, most notably Kosho Uchiyama Roshi (who collected these sayings) and Taisen Deshimaru Roshi both had many Western disciples, who in turn have brought the practice to literally hundreds of centers and thousands of practitioners in North America, South America and Europe.
This English-language version is a joint effort by a distinguished team of Zen practitioners and translators: Muho Noelke and Reiho Jesse Haasch. Muho previously translated the Japanese version into German, and is the first Westerner to hold the post as abbot of a major Japanese Zen monastery, Antaiji. There, Kodo Sawaki himself also served as the abbot from 1949 until his death in 1965.

著者について (2021)

Kodo Sawaki's (1880-1965) parents died when he was quite young. Adopted by various relatives, he ran away at age 16 to become a monk and was ordained in 1899 by Koho Sawada. Drafted into the Japanese army during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05), he ministered to the wounded. In 1906, he received dharma transmission from Zenko Sawada and studied for years with many eminent masters. In 1949, he took responsibility for Antai-ji, a zen temple in northern Kyoto. Because of his regular travels throughout Japan to teach zen, he came to be known as "Homeless Kodo." Sawaki died in 1965. Muho Nolke was born in 1968 in Berlin, he was introduced to zazen as a high school student. In 1993, after graduating from university, he was ordained as a Soto Zen monk at the monastery Antaiji. After obtaining the dharma transmission, he decided to live as a homeless monk in a park in Osaka, where he led a zazen group in 2001. In Feb. 2002, at the sudden death of his teacher, he was called back to Antai-ji. He succeeded his teacher as the ninth abbot, until his retirement in 2020. He teaches and lives in Osaka and has published many books and translations in both Japanese and German. He lives in Osaka. Born in Wisconsin in 1973, Reiho Jesse Haasch followed a path of "books" until in 1990 he found one describing the posture of zazen, which changed everything. In 1993 he met Robert Livingston (a disciple of Taisen Deshimaru) and was ordained a monk. In 1998 he moved to Switzerland and became a disciple of Michel Bovay until Bovay's death in 2009. Reiho moved to Japan and became a disciple of Hokan Saito Roshi from whom he received the dharma transmission in 2015. He practices at Kotaiji Monastery in Nagasaki, assists his teacher there and leads retreats and workshops in Europe.