Five Buddhist teachers who’ve made helping others through social and political action a keystone of their practice.
David Weinstein remembers his relationship with the late Aitken Roshi.
Susan Moon remembers Robert Aitken Roshi’s lifelong commitment to the unified path of Zen and social justice.
John Tarrant, Roshi, remembers a giant of Zen in the West and pioneer of Buddhist activism.
Roshi’s Diamond Sangha has now released an official obituary, and has now announced an August 22 memorial service in Honolulu.
Hozan Alan Senauke offer this recollection of Robert Aitken Roshi, written for his 80th birthday, but recalling events some years earlier.
In memory of the late and much-beloved Zen teacher, Robert Aitken, we present two of his teachings from the pages of Buddhadharma.
James Ishmael Ford tells the story of the great teacher Robert Aitken — who died on August 5th at age 93.
Robert Aitken, one of American Zen’s great pioneers, has died.
(Artist) Hashimoto Gaho; Japan; ca. 1885; Ink and tint on paper; H x W (overall): 220.8 x 65.2 cm (86 15/16 x 25 11/16 in); Gift of Charles Lang Freer. Image courtesy of the Freer Sackler Gallery.
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.