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Buddhadharma : Spring 2006
spring 2006| 30 |buddhadharma K osho Uchiyama Roshi was one of the great Zen masters of the twentieth century. He cen- tered his life on zazen, and, at his temple Antaiji, on the outskirts of Kyoto, he taught a life of the highest culture to everyone who wanted to practice with him, monk and lay, Japanese and foreigner. For Uchiyama Roshi, leading a truly rich spiri- tual life meant leading a life grounded in zazen and following a lifestyle of material minimalism. He did not see material simplicity as some sort of asceticism, but he often spoke to his disciples and followers of the importance of never being afraid or ashamed of material poverty. He saw how the very abundance that people seek confuses them and becomes the cause of so much suffering. Uchiyama Roshi came to Antaiji shortly after the end of the Second World War, in poor health, but not having been a soldier. From the late 1940’s through most of the 1950’s, he lived a bare-bones Laughter Through the Tears donfarber Kosho Uchiyama roshi on life as a Zen beggar