レクチャーノートからの抜粋/Excerpts from the lecture notes
Bodhiharma (Daruma) first pointed this out and it has never changed. When asked how to gain enlightenment he replied: ‘No books, no teachers, direct experience of the dharma.’
Zen teachings can be likened to "the finger pointing at the moon".
Zen teachings point to the moon, but the Zen-tradition also warns against taking its teachings, the pointing finger, to be this insight itself.
<What do foreigners know about Zen?>
Although it is difficult to trace when the West first became aware of Zen as a distinct form of Buddhism, the visit of Soyen Shaku, a Japanese Zen monk, to Chicago during the World Parliament of Religions in 1893. It was during the late 1950s and the early 1960s that the number of Westerners, other than the descendants of Asian immigrants, pursuing a serious interest in Zen began to reach a significant level.
Especially Japanese Zen has gained popularity in the West. The various books on Zen by Reginald Horace Blyth, Alan Watts, Philip Kapleau and D. T. Suzuki published between 1950 and 1975, contributed to this growing interest in Zen in the West, as did the interest from beat poets such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder.
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B.A. English Literature/ Medieval History University of NSW, Sydney, Australia
RSA/ Cambridge University Diploma In Teaching English to Adults (DELTA), London, England.
Teaching and Personal Background:
Ash Warren has been teaching in Japan since 1992. Over the last 20 years he has been teaching in high schools, colleges, universities and major companies throughout Japan. Since 2000 he has been President of the Warren School of Languages and Culture, Tokyo. He has also written for major newspapers on Japanese culture and been a longtime contributor to the Asahi Weekly on matters relating to English Language and Japanese culture, and was Director of Curriculum Design for Obunsha.
Ash has been a student of Japanese and Chinese culture for over 30 years. He has been preparing students for the National Interpreter/Guide Examination since 1997 and since then he has prepared hundreds of students to successfully pass this examination. His school currently has a 95% success record in students passing the speaking test, which is the highest in the country.
Ash holds a teaching licence from the Urasenke school of Tea, and has studied various Japanese and Chinese arts and is an expert in Zen and Chinese Buddhism, as well as a published English haiku poet and journalist
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