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Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki

Who is Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki?

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki authored English-language books that introduced Zen Buddhism to North America and Europe.

Born in Kanazawa, Japan, in 1870, D. 263 more words


Starting the year: "After the Ecstasy, the Laundry" - a favourite book

This book, a timeless spiritual classic,  is a moving and fascinating account of how the contemporary spiritual journey unfolds, with all the difficulties those choosing such a path must face, whatever the depth of their faith, its religious context, or their position in the world. 780 more words

02 - New Posts: January 2014 Onwards

beginner's mind (day three)

I used to say I write because I want my children to know me. No one really knows the inside my mind me, and I guess we all feel like that. 368 more words


Is Explication the Root of X-Buddhist Stupidity?

Explication is the annihilation of one mind by another…whoever teaches without emancipating stultifies.” –Jacques Rancière, The Ignorant Schoolmaster

A good teacher imparts a satisfactory explanation. A great teacher disturbs, unsettles, invites argumentation… 2,063 more words


On Being an Irrelevant Dick

In a stimulating, rollicking, and exasperating discussion over at Tutteji Dai Osho’s blog (namaste, sensei!) (links at bottom) on “The triple edged sword of irony or: All You Can Do I Can Do Meta,” Kenneth Folk makes a statement that I find rich and illuminating. 1,493 more words


Buddha, Inc.

Is it just me, or does American x-buddhism resemble Corporate America more and more with every passing day? Slick websites touting cutting-edge technology (in the service of The Dharma, of course). 857 more words


The Radical Potential of Shin Buddhism

Recovering Shinran

Why Shinran?  Why try to recover this obscure failed Tendai monk from medieval Japan, the founder of what is now the most conservative and least active of Buddhist sects, a Buddhist sect, moreover, that the majority of even long-term Buddhist practitioners in the West have still never heard of?  8,062 more words