Zen Encounters. Essays and Conversations

Richard DeMartino

Zen Encounters

In Zen Buddhism, encounters are of paramount importance. Richard DeMartino, the author of this book, was singularly fortunate to meet and converse with some of the most outstanding Zen teachers of the twentieth century.

The front cover photograph—taken in 1952 at the Reiun-in subtemple of Myoshinji monastery (Kyoto) in front of the philosopher Kitaro Nishida’s grave—shows Dr. DeMartino (leftmost) with two of his main Zen teachers, Shin’ichi Hisamatsu and D. T. Suzuki (second and third from right). Standing next to DeMartino is Mumon Yamada Roshi.

Along with essays on “Zen Communication” and “The Human Situation and Zen,” this book contains DeMartino’s account of meeting D.T. Suzuki and Shin’ichi Hisamatsu. Also included are reflections on the thought of influential Zen philosophers such as Keiji Nishitani and Masao Abe.


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