Keep Me in Your Heart a While: The Haunting Zen of Dainin Katagiri

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"After my death I will come back and haunt over you, checking on your practice." Dainin Katagiri Roshi, one of the greatest pioneers of Zen in America, said this frequently, teasing Dosho Port and his fellow students. For Dosho, Katagiri Roshi's "haunting" still includes, to borrow a phrase from Warren Zevon, "keeping him in my heart a while" - continuing the intimate exploration of the indelible imprint that a Zen teacher leaves on a student's heart.

Katagiri's teaching was at once powerful, gentle, and ...

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Keep Me in Your Heart a While: The Haunting Zen of Dainin Katagiri

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"After my death I will come back and haunt over you, checking on your practice." Dainin Katagiri Roshi, one of the greatest pioneers of Zen in America, said this frequently, teasing Dosho Port and his fellow students. For Dosho, Katagiri Roshi's "haunting" still includes, to borrow a phrase from Warren Zevon, "keeping him in my heart a while" - continuing the intimate exploration of the indelible imprint that a Zen teacher leaves on a student's heart.

Katagiri's teaching was at once powerful, gentle, and sometimes almost even casual. For Dosho, some of the richest teachings came in these simple, casual moments during everyday interactions. The structure of this book is built around a series of such vivid truth-happening places, evocative of the ancient koans of the Zen tradition, touching on such topics as the nature and purpose of Zen, the dynamic and working of realization, and, of course, the functioning of the teacher-student relationship.

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Editorial Reviews

Barry Magid
"Dosho weaves together the biography of his teacher with his own life as his student in a way that perfectly illustrates how Zen is transmitted through the generations, mind to mind, across all the seemingly insurmountable barriers of time and cultural difference."
Bodhin Kjolhede
"The author generously sprinkles personal stories and Zen lore throughout this insightful book, laughing-sometimes through tears-at the perils and joys encountered by those who persevere along this ancient path. An insightful book."
Nonin Chowaney
"A wonderful book--I highly recommend it."
Shohaku Okumura
"As Dogen Zenji said, Dharma teachers and disciples are like entwining of vines (katto in Japanese). Whether disciples are in the stage of faithfully following the teacher's style of teaching and practice, of rebelliously trying to become independent from the teacher, or of being mature enough for going beyond, the teacher's dharma always deeply penetrates the disciple. In this book Dosho Port offers one of the examples of continuation of Dharma from teacher to disciple, from the East to the West."
James Ishmael Ford
"This is a lovely, lovely book that can be read fruitfully by both beginners and those who are deeply familiar with the Zen way. Dosho Port is a worthy heir to his teacher."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861715688
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dosho Port is a Zen priest and Dharma heir of Dainin Katagiri in the Soto Zen tradition. He has also trained with Tangen Harada, Thich Nhat Hanh, and John Daido Loori. Dosho teaches with Wild Fox Zen at Transforming Through Play Temple in White Bear, Minnesota. He is a half-time single parent of two wonderful children and the program lead in a school for adolescents with severe behavior problems.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Not Getting Zen 1

2 Just a Question about Technique: Wall or No Wall? 9

3 The Dynamic Working of Realization 15

4 We Don't Study Koans 19

5 Already You Are Stuck 31

6 Clay Balls as Toilet Paper 39

7 Cleaning Under the Hedge 47

8 Does Zen Have Morals? 59

9 Gazing at the Moon 65

10 Bowing Is Like a Rock in Your Heart 71

11 Not Using Zazen 79

12 On Being Duped 87

13 Dainin's Four Essential Points 95

14 Throwing Open the Heart: How Do You Do It? 103

15 Maybe Next Life 109

16 Hair on Fire 119

Notes 125

Bibliography 135

About the Author 141

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