Kosho Uchiyama Roshi's book, "Opening the Hand of Thought", is one that Ottmar Liebert first brought to my attention five or six years ago. Since then I have read it several times and find Uchiyama Roshi amazingly accessible for Westerners. Direct zazen, without elaborate levels, ranks, koan systems. or other appurtenances. Yet cutting to the essence. He explains the Zen practice and insight as clearly as anyone. A man very much aware of Western rational philosophical traditions, including existentialism, he nicely bridges Eastern and Western thought, putting each in relation to the other.
Our first discussion of this book will be on August 16th. Kosho Uchimama, "Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice."