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Is Masao Abe an Original Thinker?

Is Masao Abe an Original Thinker? PANEL ON MASAO ABE Steven Heine Florida International University During the course of a remarkable career spanning six decades in various institutions in Japan and the West, beginning with his training under Hisamatsu Shin'ichi at Kyoto University, Masao Abe became known for several important accomplishments in disseminating Buddhist thought in comparative perspectives and global contexts. In addition to his considerable contributions to the teaching and mentoring of several dozen Western scholars of Buddhist studies, a first major achievement was the translation and interpretation of eminent Zen Buddhist thinkers. Abe is especially known for his work on Dögen, the thirteenth-century founder of the Sötö Zen sect, and Nishida Kitarö, the leading figure in modern Japanese philosophy and originator of the Kyoto school, of which Abe is considered a prominent member. Abe's renderings (as a cotranslator) and hermeneutic discussions of Dögen and Nishida remain among the best and most frequently cited in those respective fields. Second, Abe gained prominence more generally as a presenter of traditional Zen Buddhist thought to the modern West. It was often said that with the passing of D. T. Suzuki in 1966, the mantle was passed to Abe, who became the leading figure playing the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Is Masao Abe an Original Thinker?

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 28 (1) – Nov 14, 2008

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PANEL ON MASAO ABE Steven Heine Florida International University During the course of a remarkable career spanning six decades in various institutions in Japan and the West, beginning with his training under Hisamatsu Shin'ichi at Kyoto University, Masao Abe became known for several important accomplishments in disseminating Buddhist thought in comparative perspectives and global contexts. In addition to his considerable contributions to the teaching and mentoring of several dozen Western scholars of Buddhist studies, a first major achievement was the translation and interpretation of eminent Zen Buddhist thinkers. Abe is especially known for his work on Dögen, the thirteenth-century founder of the Sötö Zen sect, and Nishida Kitarö, the leading figure in modern Japanese philosophy and originator of the Kyoto school, of which Abe is considered a prominent member. Abe's renderings (as a cotranslator) and hermeneutic discussions of Dögen and Nishida remain among the best and most frequently cited in those respective fields. Second, Abe gained prominence more generally as a presenter of traditional Zen Buddhist thought to the modern West. It was often said that with the passing of D. T. Suzuki in 1966, the mantle was passed to Abe, who became the leading figure playing the

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Nov 14, 2008

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