Robert Aitken – Teachings and a guide to the works of the late Zen master

In memory of the late and much-beloved Zen teacher, Robert Aitken — click here for a brief obituary — we present two of his teachings from the pages of Buddhadharma. (Links open in new windows.)

”What’s the Meaning of This?“ — Robert Aitken Roshi on Blue Cliff Record Case 20: Lung-ya’s “The Meaning of the Ancestor’s Coming from the West”

Caught in Indra’s Net — If you want to understand the full truth of “form is emptiness; emptiness is form,” Aitken Roshi said, you must go beyond the Heart Sutra to philosophical texts like the Huayan Sutra, which unpack and elaborate this profound paradox.

Click through for additional links related to Aitken Roshi, and an extensive bibliography of his written works.

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  1. Judith Bader says

    This a wonderful resource and guide. Thank you so much for taking the time to document this wonderful Zen teacher and his work.