Love, Rōshi

Love, Rōshi

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Robert Baker Aitkena€™s correspondence with Buddhist sympathizers and solo practitioners reveals a significant, little-understood aspect of American Buddhism. Love, RAshi explores the relationship between Robert Baker Aitken (1917a€“2010), American Zen teacher and author, and his distant correspondents, individuals drawn to Zen teachings and practice through books. Aitken, founder of the Honolulu Diamond Sangha, promoted Zen to a wide audience in works such asTaking the Path of Zen and The Mind of Clover. Aitkena€™s twentieth-century American Zen valued social justice and was compatible with work and family life. Helen J. Baroni makes use of Aitkena€™s extensive correspondence preserved in an archive at the University of Hawaia€™i to provide a window to view the beliefs and practices of the least-studieda€”and a difficult to studya€”segment of the Western Buddhist community, Buddhist sympathizers and solo practitioners. The book looks at the concerns of these correspondents, which included questions on meditation, dealing with isolation as a Buddhist, finding teachers and disillusion with teachers, and being a Buddhist in prison, among a myriad of other matters. The writersa€™ letters reveal much about their notion of Zen and their image of a a€œZen master.a€ Coverage of Aitkena€™s responses provides insight into the accommodation of solo practitioners and into the development of a particular strain of American Buddhism.They requested assistance in incorporating more ritual into their daily practice, asked for instruction in a specific ritual, such ... who made overt requests for ritual guidance likewise mentioned isolation from a sangha or teacher as a problem they ... Another man requested a€œliturgical formulae and a calendar of ObSa‚n fV2lI1Ca‚nSa€ as well as instructions for observing a a€œlong-distance sesshina€! ... 108 Love, Roa#39;shi.

Title:Love, Rōshi
Author:Helen J. Baroni
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2012-10-11


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