From the Zen kitchen to enlightenment….
When you wash the rice, you need to put your full attention to washing the rice. « When washing the rice, remove any sand you find. In doing so, do not loose even one grain of rice. When you look at the rice see the sand at the same time; when you look at the sand, see also the sand. »
This book is so inspiring! I find it a great support for getting back to oneself in situations of everyday life.
In the thirteenth century, Zen master Dogen—perhaps the most significant of all Japanese philosophers, and the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen sect—wrote a practical manual of Instructions for the Zen Cook . In drawing parallels between preparing meals for the Zen monastery and spiritual training, he reveals far more than simply the rules and manners of the Zen kitchen; he teaches us how to « cook, » or refine our lives. In this volume Kosho Uchiyama Roshi undertakes the task of elucidating Dogen’s text for the benefit of modern-day readers of Zen. Taken together, his translation and commentary truly constitute a « cookbook for life, » one that shows us how to live with an unbiased mind in the midst of our workaday world.