The eyes don’t say…

Photos of Kodo Sawaki Roshi courtesy of Antaiji

The eyes don’t say,

“Sure we’re lower, but we see more.”

The eyebrows don’t reply,

“Sure we don’t see anything, but we are higher up.”

Kodo Sawaki

Sites no longer exists – Poet’s Cafe

Kodo Sawaki Roshi

[1880–1965], or “Homeless Kodo,” as he came to be known, was one of the most influential Soto Zen teachers of the 20th century. Born in 1880 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 1904–05. When the war… (…)

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