Robert Aitken

Robert Aitken (1917-2010), a prominent Zen teacher in the Harada-Yasutani lineage, was cofounder of the Honolulu Diamond Sangha and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.


Finding Your Place

A fish swims in the ocean, and no matter how far it swims there is no end to the water. A bird flies in the sky, and no matter how far it flies there is no end to the sky. However, the fish and the bird have never left their elements. When their activity is […]

Translated by [Robert, Aitken] and [Kazuaki, Tanahashi] Robert Aitken Kazuaki Tanahashi Eihei Dogen Zenji

Magazine Meditation & Practice

Setting Up Your Home Altar

Most of us cannot afford a separate room for zazen, but all of us can make a corner sacred. Put your pad and cushion there, with a low table or shelf for incense, flowers, and a picture of Shakyamuni, Bodhidharma, Kanzeon, or one of the other great bodhisattvas or teachers in our lineage. The room […]

By Robert Aitken

Magazine Arts & Culture

Remembering R. H. Blyth

Reginald Horace Blyth was born near London in 1898, the only child of working-class parents. By the start of World War I, he was eighteen and already an eccentric in his contemporaries’ eyes: he ate no meat, loved George Bernard Shaw, and became a conscientious objector to the war, for which he was jailed. After […]

By Robert Aitken
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