Robert Aitken

Robert Aitken

Robert Aitken Roshi was cofounder of the Diamond Sangha and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. He was the author of “Vegetable Roots Discourse: Wisdom from Ming China on Life and Living” (Shoemaker & Hoard).

Recent Articles

The Genjo Koan

Dogen’s seminal teaching, The Genjo Koan, translated by Robert Aitken and Kazuaki Tanahashi.

Heart Sutra, Huayan Sutra, Robert Aitken, Zen, Lion's Roar, Buddhism, Buddhadharma

Caught in Indra’s Net

If you want to understand the full truth of “form is emptiness; emptiness is form,” says Robert Aitken Roshi, you must go beyond the Heart Sutra to philosophical texts like the Huayan Sutra, which unpack and elaborate this profound paradox.