The Philip Kapleau Papers: Zen Buddhism in Post-World War II Japan and the United States

October 12, 2019 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

10/12/19 10am-3pm
In Spring 2018, the senior leadership of the Rochester Zen Center gifted the papers of their founding teacher, Philip Kapleau-r¿shi (1912-2004) and documents concerning the Center, which Kapleau founded in 1966, to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University. One of the early centers of convert Zen Buddhist practice in the United States, Kapleau-r¿shi helped popularize Zen Buddhism outside Japan through his teaching at the Center, his frequent offering of introductory workshops on Zen across the United States, and his writings, most notably the Three Pillars of Zen. In recognition of the donation of these documents and other materials, we will host a half-day symposium on Kapleau-r¿shi's teachings and legacy at Duke University.

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