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Robert Aitken

Robert Aitken (1917-2010) was Roshi of the Diamond Sangha in Honolulu and the author of Taking the Path of Zen and The Mind of Clover. His introduction to Zen came in a Japanese prison camp during World War II, after he was captured as a civilian in Guam. R. H. Blyth, author of Zen in English Literature, was imprisoned in the same camp, and in this unlikely setting Aitken began the first of several important apprenticeships. After the war Aitken returned often to Japan to study. He became friends with D. T. Suzuki, and studied with Nagakawa Soen Roshi and Yasutani Hakuun Roshi. In 1959 Robert Aitken and his wife, Anne, established a Zen organization, the Diamond Sangha. Aitken was given the title "Roshi" and authorized to teach by Yamada Koun Roshi in 1974.

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Moon In a Dewdrop
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Moon In a Dewdrop

Edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi; Translated by Robert Aitken, Reb Anderson, Ed Brown, Norman Fischer, Arnold Kotler, Daniel Leighton, Lew Richmond, David Schneider, Kazuaki Tanahashi, Katherine Thanas, Brian Unger, Mel Weitsman, Dan Welch, and Philip Whalen
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), among the first to transmit Zen Buddhism from China to Japan and founder of the important Soto School, was not only a profoundly influential and provocative Zen philosopher...

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The Gateless Barrier
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The Gateless Barrier

Translated and with a Commentary by Robert Aitken
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen. Gathered together by Wu-men (Mumon), a thirteenth-century master of the Lin-chi...

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A Zen Harvest

A Zen Harvest

Compiled and translated by Soiku Shigematsu; Foreword by Robert Aitken
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

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Buddhism and Zen
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Buddhism and Zen

Nyogen Senzaki and Ruth Strout-McCandless; With a Foreword by Robert Aitken
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

Written for the neophyte who has no prior knowledge of the subject, Buddhism and Zen defines basic terms, translates key words, and answers the ten most frequently asked questions that are posed...

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The Mind of Clover
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The Mind of Clover

Robert Aitken
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

In Taking the Path of Zen, Robert Aitken provided a concise guide to zazen (Zen meditation) and other aspects of the practice of Zen. In The Mind of Clover he addresses the world beyond...

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Taking the Path of Zen
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Taking the Path of Zen

Robert Aitken
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press

There is a fine art to presenting complex ideas with simplicity and insight, in a manner that both guides and inspires. In Taking the Path of Zen Robert Aitken presents the practice, lifestyle,...

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