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Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot : the classic of American Buddhism

Author: Sōen Shaku
Publisher: New York : Three Leaves Press/Doubleday, 2004.
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Shaku, Sōen, 1860-1919.
Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot.
New York : Three Leaves Press/Doubleday, 2004
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sōen Shaku
ISBN: 0385510489 9780385510486
OCLC Number: 54692005
Notes: Originally published: Chicago : Open Court Publ. Co., 1906.
Includes index.
Description: xv, 197 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Soyen Shaku.
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First published in 1906, SERMONS OF A BUDDHIST ABBOT remains one of the best introductions to Buddhist thought for a Western audience. Presented with an incisive new foreword by one of today's foremost scholars of Buddhism and Japanese religion, it contains the lectures and articles of the Japanese Zen abbot Soyen Shaku, whose talks in the United States first popularized Buddhism. Foreshadowing the attitude and method of many contemporary teachers, Shaku advocates an approach to religious life that stresses personal understanding based on practice and experience, rather than the acceptance of received creeds and doctrines. His lucid explanations make use of Western religious, philosophic, and psychological references to clarify the ideas central to understanding of Mahayana Buddhism, which is the basis of all schools and denominations.


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