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Explores the superiority of Buddhist principles in American literature because the 1970s.

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Edited by John Henry Barrows. Vol. 2. Chicago: The Parliament Publishing Company, 1893. 829–31. ———, Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot. 1906. Reprint. New York: Doubleday, 2004. ” The Monist. 4, no. 2 (1894): 161–62. Takaki, Ronald. Strangers from a Distant Shore. Boston: Little, Brown, 1989. Tateno, Gozo. ” North American Review. 156 (January 1893): 34–43. Truman, Ben C. History of The World’s Fair. 1893. Reprint. New York: Arno Press, 1976. Tweed, Thomas. The American Encounter with Buddhism: 1844–1912.

However, in more scholarly articles for The Open Court, he does use Buddhist terminology, another example of skillful means in action, and his awareness of the levels of sophistication of his American audience. 21. Here, Shaku may be capitalizing on American interests in jiu jitsu and Japanese practices in relation to physical health and well-being, popular at the time. 22.  because for a time you were Japan to me” (ix). Not only did he epitomize Japan for these men, he The Transmission of Zen as Dual Discourse 33 also helped establish them as Western authorities on Japanese culture.

Demonstrating Zen’s modernity in the scientific and personal spheres adds to its Western appeal, while shifting the emphasis away from Zen as religion. 25 It is in the context of aesthetics that Okakura Kakuzo provides much specific information about Zen religious practices, philosophy, and tenets. That American appreciation for Japanese aesthetics also included an interest in Japanese spirituality is evidenced by Okakura’s translation of Zen tenets into terms Americans could readily assimilate.

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