Robert Baker Aitkenas correspondence with Buddhist sympathizers and solo practitioners reveals a significant, little-understood aspect of American Buddhism. Love, RAshi explores the relationship between Robert Baker Aitken (1917a2010), 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. Aitkenas twentieth-century American Zen valued social justice and was compatible with work and family life. Helen J. Baroni makes use of Aitkenas extensive correspondence preserved in an archive at the University of Hawaiai to provide a window to view the beliefs and practices of the least-studiedaand a difficult to studyasegment 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 aZen master.a Coverage of Aitkenas 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 aliturgical formulae and a calendar of ObSan fV2lI1CanSa as well as instructions for observing a along-distance sesshina! ... 108 Love, Roa#39;shi.
|Author||:||Helen J. Baroni|
|Publisher||:||SUNY Press - 2012-10-11|