Duncan Ryuken Williams

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The recent talk of a Muslim registry isn’t the first time the United States government has targeted individuals based on their religion. Duncan Ryuken Williams shares the often overlooked stories of Buddhist Japanese Americans who were interned during WWII—and explains why it’s critical now to revisit their sacrifices and contributions.

By Duncan Ryuken Williams

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‘Shoes Outside the Door’ by Michael Downing

Shoes Outside the Door:Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen CenterMichael DowningCounterpoint: Washington, DC, 2001448 pp.; $26.00 (cloth) Michael Downing’s Shoes Outside the Door is an account of San Francisco Zen Center’s growth from a small circle of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s students into one of the largest and most culturally significant centers of Zen […]

By Duncan Ryuken Williams

Magazine

Masatoshi Nagatomi Remembered

“You bow like a Japanese,” Masatoshi Nagatomi told me with his characteristic giggle. Thus began nine years of mentoring in Buddhist studies until his passing last year. He assured my worried Japanese mother that I would be safe in America and that he and his wife would look after me. His grandfatherly kindness extended co […]

By Duncan Ryuken Williams

Magazine

Where To Study?

AS INTEREST IN BUDDHISM continues to grow in America, many people are choosing to deepen their understanding of this tradition through graduate level study. If you are contemplating this route, one of the first things to examine is your motivation for pursuing an advanced degree in this field. Is it to complement a Buddhist practice? […]

By Duncan Ryuken Williams
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