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Tiny Comment — How Master Kogetsu got angry

If this is the first time for you to stumble this blog, you might be puzzled

as this blog is the most not Zen like place.

In here, there is no pretentious word game or glorious myth were told.   Especially,

if you have a romanticized idea of Zen as something intellectually hi-class culture,

you will be disappointed.  Zen is not an exclusive special culture nor peculiar practice.

Even so-called Enlightenment, Nirvana is NOT the hard to come-by

awkward commodity.  It is right there sitting next to you.

You just not see it because you believe, it must be the other side of the river, long way

beyond the Pathway, hence looking somewhere wrong place.

Far from it, it is nothing afar.   In this blog, I’m showing how Zen and Enlightenment is

ubiquitous and in fact, right inside of you.

It was not my opinion but simply this is what

Lord Buddha told, therefore what the Zen is.

Zen can be walking, can be cutting a lemon. In deed,

being yourself is the Zen and Enlightenment.

I show it to your eyes,  what I’m doing here.


When I faced Master Kogetsu in the Eiheiji Temple and told him that I was a

photographer, what he uttered was “What a hell, why a photographer kind of person

wondering the Zen Temple.  This is exactly the indication of that you couldn’t settle

and be diligent in your own life” “As you are a photographer, do the best photography

and become the best photographer. It is where your life is”. — In return I replied to

him “Wait a moment, why photographer can’t search the truth.   Have look, even

Lord Buddha himself did forsake the life of Royal prince and became a seeker.  Why not me ?”

“What? —– What a preposterous word you got, comparing yourself to

Lord Buddha is unforgivable”  (though, he didn’t hit me with a stick which was in his side.  :-))


Master Kogetsu was one of the highest Soto Zen priest ( wearing brown ), who was the

head of the Suzuka-dera Temple and visiting, serving fellow of the Eiheiji Temple.

(In fact, leaving the dairy chore to deal with dead man for the hand of young monks and

have a break, come to chat together with another priests in the Eiheiji Temple  🙂 )

Naturally he knew the Zen Buddhism back to back.   Hence, what he meant was, as he said,

the Enlightenment to a photographer is to live totally as a photographer.

There is no fancy myth or abstract enigma there.

As the Life itself is total already, 

Zen wouldn’t make it any more complicated,  simply Life is the Life.

To see as it is and to live as it is,  Just Do It which is due, is the Enlightenment.


Just like a lotus flower, being as the flower is the Dharma,

a photographer being as the photographer is the Dharma.

Being with Dharma mean, when the time comes it is the Nirvana.

(Photographer being as a photographer needs no pretence or thinking =

being in Mushin = his camera, his technique, his eyes and the subject,

all become one = Ichijo —– what the one needs more.

(in this instance, forget pretty model—– What model ?    😀 )

This was the way, how Sword Master perfected his skill, how Sword Smith

created his unbreakable sword —– even a Tea Master perfected his tea making.  

It was the Zen.  

Zen is not in the sitting posture, but in the every day’s life,  moment to moment.


When the historical Great Zen Masters got their Enlightenment all of them uttered

“It’s a Dog shit”

Yes, it is as ubiquitous as a dog shit, as the Master has been with himself all through his life.

No fancy or enigmatic mumbo-jumbo has been discovered.  The life as it is —– It is there.

(In other words, to invent or cling any fancy story is nothing short of a delusion).

My blog here is talking about this [Zen in action] —– action in everyday life.


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  1. jagan said, on October 26, 2011 at 08:27


    is it possible to do 2 things? i want to be the best (+honest) programmer but also learn how to fly hot air balloon. if i have to choose 1 i think programming is where i feel i am born to do. but does that mean i shouldnt try to be a hot air balloon pilot? confused 🙂


    • yoshizen said, on October 26, 2011 at 11:56

      No problem. All the philosophers who able to reach highest contemplation were
      also the shit production machine too.
      Often, too great ingenious were not necessary able to manage everything, such as
      Isaac Newton was a vergine all his life, but it’s a rare case.
      Do the best to what you got in your hand —– but I don’t think you do both
      programming and hot air balloon in the same moment 😀
      Do the best in each moment.

  2. Paul said, on October 27, 2011 at 13:14

    I’m now at a crossroads in my working life. I work with disabled people (for some reason I seem to work with blind and visually impaired) showing them ICT skills to communicate with computers across the internet. As you know I also am an artist. Neither is making me a living, but I find I cannot go back to cleaning toilets and doing basic manual work. Can I be mindful and find my path again? Something (I do not know what, maybe slight sadness) tells me I may need to change path completely…

    • yoshizen said, on October 27, 2011 at 14:50

      Dear Paul
      This is a heavy question and the small space for comment reply
      can’t accommodate all, therefore i’ll write a specific post ASAP.
      —– mean time, about the aspects on the life of an Artist, please
      read an old post [Letter to my Artist Friend]
      I think it’s next of [Cupidon / Kinetorori] or search on Google.
      (Type [letter to my artist friend yoshizen blog] then click)

      Irony in the life is —– to help seriously needy people is not rewarded well,
      but when we help the matter which is not essential to the life, it will be
      well paid. (Art also comes in this category)
      Yet another irony is, help others without expecting reward IS hugely
      rewarded in spiritual term and in Karma, but when it was paid in
      good money we despise the person who paid the money.
      (So, I decided never receive the money to help others
      and never sell my Art —– yet strangely now I got enough money
      to buy expensive cameras etc)
      ___/\___ Yoshizen

  3. Paul said, on October 28, 2011 at 13:26

    thanks for your wisdom, I asked out of a need in career terms which strangely overlaps my inner empathy to help others, and it seems that blind people are the ones I help. Further irony is the fact I know many can see with eyes, but know nothing about themselves or others. I will look up what you suggest, and I know what you say about the karma and money. I think that I should be stronger and flow like water. Bruce Lee said: “When in the teapot, be the teapot. When in the cup, be the cup.”

    • yoshizen said, on October 28, 2011 at 13:55

      Hi Paul
      That’s what [Paul the Ubiquitous] meant 😀
      Where ever you are in the teapot or in the cup, keep your flavor.

  4. Teresia Kniefel said, on November 1, 2011 at 22:55

    Hello, i think that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to “return the favor”.I am attempting to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

    • yoshizen said, on November 2, 2011 at 06:03

      You are welcome as any encounter is the destined Karma,
      therefore it is good, should any idea, or a word found to be useful
      to your site or your life, the task of this blog was fulfilled. 🙂

  5. jake dimartino said, on November 13, 2011 at 12:22

    Sweet web site, super style and design, rattling clean and employ genial.

  6. yoshizen said, on November 13, 2011 at 14:16

    Thank you very much.
    Though this is not a design.
    Just a scribble on the sand using a stick.
    Humblest and minimal yet enough. 🙂

  7. student forum said, on November 19, 2011 at 02:14

    You have remarked very interesting details ! ps decent site. “Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble.” by Sydney J. Harris.

    • yoshizen said, on November 19, 2011 at 03:30

      I hope, the students could find the good talking points here.
      Thanks to visiting here.

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  9. make me laugh said, on November 22, 2011 at 22:05

    Utterly written subject matter, thanks for information.

    • yoshizen said, on November 22, 2011 at 22:45

      Thank you for visiting here.
      I hope you can find something to make you laugh here.
      (some may be in the [Fun to read :-D] category.

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