Each Moment Is the Universe by Dainin Katagiri
Zen and the Way of Being Time

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It’s easy toregard time as a commodity—we even speak of “saving” or “spending” it. We oftenregard it as an enemy, when we feel it slipping away before we’re ready fortime to be up. The Zen view of time is radically different than that: time isnot something separate from our life; rather, our life is time. Understand this, says Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and you can live fully and freely right whereyou are in each moment. 

Katagiri baseshis teaching on Being Time, a text bythe most famous of all Zen masters, Eihei Dogen (1200–1253), to show that time is a creative, dynamic processthat continuously produces the universe and everything in it—and that tounderstand this is to discover a gateway to freedom from the dissatisfactionsof everyday life. He guides us in contemplating impermanence, thepresent moment, and the ungraspable nature of past and future. He discussestime as part of our inner being, made manifest through constant change inourselves and our surroundings. Andthese ideas are by no means metaphysical abstractions: they can be directlyperceived by any of us through meditation.

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About Dainin Katagiri

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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.
Published July 20, 2011 by Shambhala Publications. 268 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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So Katagiri explains his understanding of time, based squarely on his interpretation of the work of influential 13th-century Zen master Dogen, whose work has inspired a number of contemporary Zen teachers.

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In this volume, Andrea Martin has edited his oral teachings on time and assembled them into thematic chapters on: • The Cosmic World of a Moment • Profound Human Desire • Timeless Freedom • The Practice of Creative Action • Creating the Future We are used to thinking of time as a ...

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