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Kodo Sawaki was born in in Tsu, in the Mie prefecture. Orphaned at the age of ten, he was adopted by his lazy, gambling-addict uncle and his ex-prostitute wife. At the age of thirteen, he started working in the gambling district as a watchman for the Yakuza to survive.

In , without real support from family or friends, the poor sixteen-year-old Kodo Sawaki traveled on foot to Eihei-Ji Temple the main Soto Zen temple founded in by Dogen. He wanted to become a monk but instead got a place in the temple as a servant. However, his position as a servant allowed him to learn and practice Zazen.

Sawaki remained at Eiheiji for some years. After receiving his ordination, he spent many years living in an abandoned hermitage devoting himself to the practice of Zazen. When the Russo-Japanese war broke out in , Sawaki was sent to the front, where he spent close to four years as an infantryman. One day during battle, he was shot and left for dead and was thrown into a gigantic grave.

He was discovered several days later under dozens of decaying bodies and was sent back to Japan as one of the war wounded. After the Second World War, Kodo Sawaki spread his teaching all over Japan, from big cities to remote villages, and from universities to prisons.

He became famous throughout Japan for the sesshin intensive meditation retreat that he gave to people from all walks of life, without making any personal distinction or discrimination.

Unlike most Zen Masters, Kodo Sawaki refused to take charge of the monasteries that were offered him during his lifetime. He never even permanently settled in a Temple or Dojo. Kodo Sawaki was respected and admired throughout Japan for his simple, free, and wise approach to life. Hey, Iname name if Fuyu, I'm a Buddhist teacher.

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Kodo Sawaki, the Homeless Monk

Where this practice is exercised, the calm spirit manifests itself in an omnipresent way. Kodo Sawaki Roshi — He was born into a wealthy and happy family, nearby the Ise Shrine. His name was Tsaikichi. When he was 5 years old, her mother died and at the age of eight, he lost his father.


Biography of Master Kodo Sawaki

He is considered to be one of the most significant Zen priests of his time for bringing Zen practice into the lives of laypeople [2] and popularizing the ancient tradition of sewing the kesa. Peter Sloterdijk has called him "one of the most striking Zen masters of recent times. Sawaki was born in Tsu, Mie on June 16, After being discharged in , [1] Sawaki became head student at Soshin-ji. He later became a Zen teacher, and during the s he served as a professor at Komazawa University. Sawaki died on December 21, , at Antaiji.


Kōdō Sawaki

Born in and orphaned in early childhood, Sawaki ran away from his caretaker at the age of 16 to become a monk. Not long after he was ordained, he was drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army and served during the Russo-Japanese War of — When the war concluded, he returned to his study of Zen, eventually taking responsibility of Antaiji Shichikurin Sanzen Dojo in It has been translated from the Japanese original by Muho Noelke, the current abbot of Antaiji, and Reiho Haasch, a teacher in the lineage.

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Kodo Sawaki

He is considered to be one of the most significant Zen priests of his time for bringing Zen practice into the lives of laypeople and popularizing the ancient tradition of sewing the kesa. This religious leader article is a stub. You can help Wikiquote by expanding it. Each and every one of us has to live out his own life. Zen ni kike To you Tokyo: Daihorinkaku, Religion means living your own life, completely fresh and new, without being taken in by anyone.

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