Religion: Zen

In the centuries since the death of its founder in 483 B.C., Buddhism has had little direct impact on the Christian West. Today, however, a Buddhist boomlet is under way in the U.S. Increasing numbers of intellectuals—both faddists and serious students—are becoming interested in a form of Japanese Buddhism called Zen.-

In San Francisco and Los Angeles, Westerners turn out to hear lectures on Zen by Alan W. Watts, a former Anglican priest and now a professor at the American Academy of Asian Studies. In Manhattan, the First Zen Institute of America is holding three...

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