You Have to Say Something: Manifesting Zen Insight

You Have to Say Something: Manifesting Zen Insight

by Dainin Katagiri
     
 

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Dainin
Katagiri (1928–1990) 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

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Dainin
Katagiri (1928–1990) 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. "To live life fully," Katagiri says, "means to take care of your
life day by day, moment to moment, right here, right now." To do this, he
teaches, we must plunge into our life completely, bringing to it the same
wholeheartedness that is required in Zen meditation. 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"You are Buddha, so learn to behave as a Buddha. Go beyond your self-centered ideas, your likes and dislikes." So begins a section in the essay, "Bodhi Mind," by the influential American Zen master Katagiri. Though these instructions sound easy, these collected essays are not for the beginner. The anthology's no-nonsense style and approach hit the reader like a slap with a stick from a Zen meditation teacher correcting one's posture in Zen meditation. While erudite and informed, these essays lack any humor and warmth that might entice the novice to sample the delights of Zen even further. The lessons stare up at you like figures from a spreadsheet, demanding a reader's uncritical acceptance. The essays read like the thoughts of a Zen bureaucrat rather than a lover of this rich and profound path to self-knowledge. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834828315
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
580,849
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1928, Dainin Katagiri was trained traditionally as a Zen teacher. He first came to the United States in 1963, to help with a Soto Zen Temple in Los Angeles. He later joined Shunryu Suzuki Roshi at the San Francisco Zen Center and taught there until Suzuki Roshi’s death in 1971. He was then invited to form a new Zen center in Minneapolis, which, in addition to a monastery in the countryside of Minnesota, he oversaw until his death in 1990. He left behind a legacy of recorded teachings and twelve Dharma heirs. Katagiri is the author of several books, including Returning to Silence and You Have to Say Something.

Steve Hagen is a Zen priest, a longtime teacher of Buddhism, and the author of Buddhism Plain and Simple (Charles E. Tuttle, October 1997) and How the World Can Be the Way It Is: An Inquiry for the New Millennium into Science, Philosophy, and Perception (Quest Books, September 1995).

Hagen began studying Buddhism in 1967 and in 1975 became a student of Katagiri Roshi. He was ordained a Zen priest by Katagiri Roshi in 1979. Hagen later studied with Buddhist teachers in Asia and Europe. In 1989, he received Dharma transmission (endorsement to teach) from Katagiri Roshi.

Hagen lives in Minneapolis, where he lectures, teaches meditation, and leads retreats. He is currently the head teacher at Dharma Field Meditation and Learning Center in Minneapolis.

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