“I am old enough to have grandchildren. I recalled many regrets about my child-raising experiences when I read this book. I wish I had read it before my child was born. I sincerely hope young couples who are going to have a child will read it. I also wish schoolteachers and educators would read it as well.” Ken UTAGAWA
Parenting is not always fun, but the dynamism of life gives us excitement, discovery, and pleasure.
This book is a record of my experiences of parenting and practices of Zen.
I owe them all to my children. They are gifts from God, irreplaceable treasures.
The more serious I was with parenting, the deeper it became.
When I faced parenting with a passion like a flame and at other times with calmness like ice, my attention became as sharp as a blade, and I could see some essence.
That was a moment when a fire in my heart became a flame.
“Roshi beautifully captures the basic principles of early childhood education that influence children’s whole lives and explains the details openly. Appropriate corrective measures are shown here and there that can save lives. They make me feel like raising a child again. “ – Osamu TAKAMIYA
About the Author
Kid? Inoue Roshi was born in 1940 in the town of Takehara, Hiroshima prefecture, as the second child of Kankei Inoue, the head of the Sh?un temple. From the age of thirteen until graduation from the Department of Oriental Philosophy at Aichi University, he spent time in the Zenkyuin temple in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture.
At the age of twenty-four, he started a twenty-two-year-long practice in the Sh?rinkutsu seminary, under the guidance of masters Gik? and Daichi Inoue (his uncle and aunt). In 1981, Inoue Roshi was appointed as the head priest of the Kaiz? temple, and in 1984, he became the fifth abbot of the Sh?rinkutsu seminary.
Inoue Roshi actively teaches, gives lectures, and writes books. Here is a selected list of his books that have been translated into English: “Zen and Peace,” “Zazen: The Way to Awakening,” “Record of Traces and Dreams: The Heart Sutra,” “The Life of the Buddha: A True and Readable Guide by a Zen Master,” “The Ten Oxherding Pictures,” and “Mind and Zen: Zen Questions and Zen Answers: The Way to Know Your True Self.”