The Writer's Life: Film & Book Reviews, Observations, and Stories
Random header image... Refresh for more!

The Roshi

Until I met Katagiri Roshi, I had always assumed that enlightenment involved discovering a dimly perceived and obscure way of living at the edge of mystery. I encountered him at a period in my life when I still tried to distract myself with the latest fads, sex, and food. I didn’t know the Roshi for long and only mediated and talked with him on a few occasions, so I didn’t get what he was about until it was announced that he was dying of cancer. He wrote then that he was focusing on his body and not trying to avoid death. His words hit me with the weight of a small satori. Through his example, he was saying that we must embrace life even as it fills us with physical pain and destroys us bit by bit. Do you see?