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Zen Pioneer: The Life and Works of Ruth Fuller Sasaki
By: Isabel Stirling

Zen Pioneer: The Life and Works of Ruth Fuller Sasaki, Isabel Stirling


 
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Author: Isabel Stirling
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781593761707
Publication Date: 2007

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Ruth Fuller Sasaki, who died in 1967, was a pivotal figure in the emergence and development of Zen Buddhism in the United States. She is the only Westerner and the only woman to be made a priest of a Daitoku-ji temple and was mentor to Burton Watson, Philip Yampolsky, and Gary Snyder, and mother-in-law of Alan Watts. This is the first biography of her remarkable life.
Few devoted their lives to Zen Buddhism as Ruth Fuller did. As a senior student of Sokei-an Sasaki in New York, Ruth helped him develop the infrastructure of what would eventually become The First Zen Institute in New York City. She married Sasaki in 1944, and it was her mission to maintain The First Zen Institute and later, to establish The First Zen Institute of America in Japan. Her legacy remains today in the Zen facilities she helped build in New York and abroad and in the many texts she saw through translation, published from the 1950s to the 1970s. For the first time in book form, three of her writings are included here Zen: A Religion, Zen: A Method for Religious Awakening, and Rinzai Zen Study for Foreigners in Japan.

Zen Pioneer: The Life and Works of Ruth Fuller Sasaki, Isabel Stirling, Shoemaker, Paperback, 2007, 295 pages, $16.00

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