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Topic: Letting go : Zen Master Tosui Zen Master Tosui, of the Soto school of Zen, was truly an eccentric and odd character. It is fair to say that, though much revered by his contemporaries, few people then, and even now, fully understand the impact of his actions and words. We know little about the “original hippie” due to his solitary tendencies, but from the few works there are about him, we can see that he spent much of his life exemplifying and epitomizing Zen values such as living a monastic life amongst the common folks, rejecting government patronage, and in his use of koan. In Letting Go: The story of Zen Master Tosui , scholar and fellow Zen Master Menzan Zuiho, provides insights into the way Tosui lived his life, at first as a distinguished teacher and eventually an old drifter with no obvious religious or social burdens. Toui lived a very simple and ascetic life, even when he was an abbot Osaka Hoganji (p. 53) and Josuiji in Nango (p. 51). In one instance, two monks, Dayu and Korin, come a long way to visit Tosui in Nango. As any
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2010 for the course ANS ANS taught by Professor Brereton during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas.

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