1. HOME
  2. Our Books
  3. Lifestyle
  4. A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

Summary

Its Italian edition was published by Antonio Vallardi s.u.r.l. in November 2012.

To Buddhist monks, cleaning is one of their cardinal trainings, leading to their reputation as cleaning pros amongst monks. This book introduces Zen Buddhism methods on how to clean stains, dirt, and the outdoors as well as ways to get rid of anxieties and obsessions. The step-by-step instructions in this book will help you cleanse your soul while becoming a better cleaner.

From the Introduction:

“We remove dust to sweep away our worldly desires. We scrub dirt to free ourselves of attachments. The time we spend carefully cleaning out every nook and cranny of the temple grounds is extremely fulfilling. We live simply and take time to contemplate the self, mindfully living each moment. It’s not just monks that need to live this way. Everyone in today’s busy world today needs it.

The Zen sect of Buddhism is renowned for the cleanliness of its monks, but cleaning is greatly valued in Japanese Buddhism in general as a way to cultivate the mind. In this book, I introduce everyday cleaning methods typically employed in temples, while sharing what it’s like to be a monk in training.

I hope you enjoy applying the cleaning techniques introduced here in your home. There’s nothing complicated about them. If you wish to cultivate your mind at home, everyday domestic chores will immediately become a way to do it. This will improve the condition not just of your own mind, but also the people around you. I hope readers will discover that daily housework is an opportunity to contemplate self.”

Contents

Rights Update

Brazil

China

France

Germany

Italy

Korea

Spain

Taiwan

About the Author

Keisuke (Shoukei) Matsumoto

Keisuke (Shoukei) Matsumoto is a Shin-Buddhist monk who serves at Komyoji Temple in Kyoto. He is an author of many books, and is regarded as one of the most charismatic figures in the Buddhist world today.He was selected as one of the Young Global Leader Honourees by the World Economic Forum 2013.

Graduating from Tokyo University’s School of Religious Studies and completing MBA at Indian School of Business, Matsumoto opened the website higan.net, using it as a platform to hold concerts, as well as attract customers to his temple café “Jimbocho Open Terrace.” Having been undertaking unique activities, he has received domestic and international attention including the Financial Times UK. Matsumoto is a member of the Renge-Ji Institute for Buddhist Research, as well as a delegate for The U.S.-Japan Leadership Program.

Our Books