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Living & Dying in Zazen: Five Zen Masters of Modern Japan
Arthur Braverman (au). Braverman went to Japan to study Zen at its source in the early 1970s, concentrating his practice at the small temple of Antaiji in Kyoto. Antaiji became a magnet for serious non-Japanese practitioners & played a crucial role in the transmission of Zen to America. This book combines the life stories & teachings of 5 teachers -- Kodo Sawaki, Sodo Yokoyama, Kozan Kato, Motoko Ikebe, & Uchiyama -- assoc. with Antaiji & the story of Western students coming to grips with Zen, Japanese culture, & themselves. The deification of Zen teachers by their followers has been a problematic issues in Amer. Zen; this book provides a healthy antidote, presenting people who have lived & died in Zen within the context of their personal lives & their culture. Illus.
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