Anna Ruggeri Takeshita
   Department   Kyoto University of Foreign Studies  Department of Italian Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies
   Position   Professor
Language Japanese
Publication Date 2021/07
Type Academic Paper
Title The Practice of Body and Mind in Japanese Zen Buddhism: The Experience of Shaku Sōen
Contribution Type Single author
Journal TypeJapan
Volume, Issue, Page pp.15-25
Total page number 10頁
Author and coauthor Anna RUGGERI TAKESHITA
Details In Zen Buddhism practice itself has a central role in the religious attainment which is nothing other than the experience of reality. Zen practice takes advantage of some techniques such as zazen and kōan, but it also draws on aspects of everyday life. Nevertheless, the central focus of Zen is not the practice itself, but on the self-realization of “who” is practicing. Practice is bound up with a process of self-inquiry which aims to allow the practitioner to experience the self as a unity of body and mind (shinjin). This presentation examines how concepts of practice and realization featured in the life of the Japanese Rinzai Zen master Shaku Sōen who lived during
the Meiji Period. The presentation also considers how Shaku Sōen’s understanding of the “essence of Buddhism” played a role in the very first Parliament of the World’s Religions (Chicago, 1893).