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Zen for Americans Audiobook



by Soyen Shaku

  • Narrated by: Denis Daly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Release date: 04-04-19
  • Language: English


Zen for Americans. Sermons of a Buddhist abbot by Soyen Shaku. Translated by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki. Narrated by Denis Daly. 

In a world riddled with irreconcilable conflict among doctrinaire religions, Soyen Shaku’s crisp and incisive commentaries on Buddhism come across as particularly engaging. Shaku’s eminently reasonable worldview and his skillful exposition of a truly universal definition of divinity and its inevitable necessity are both compelling and difficult to refute. In particular, this collection of discourses probes deeply and revealingly into the fundamental questions that occupy the minds of believers and unbelievers alike: why men cultivate religion in the first place and what the secret of its persistent vitality is. 


  1. Translator’s Preface 
  2. The Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters 
  3. The God-Conception 
  4. Assertions and Denials 
  5. Immortality 
  6. Buddhist Faith 
  7. Buddhist Ethics 
  8. What Is Buddhism? 
  9. The Middle Way 
  10. The Wheel of the Good Law 
  11. The Phenomenal and the Supra-Phenomenal 
  12. Reply to a Christian Critic 
  13. Ignorance and Enlightenment 
  14. Spiritual Enlightenment 
  15. Practice of Dhyana 
  16. Kwannon Bosatz 
  17. Buddhism and Oriental Culture 
  18. The Story of Deer Park 
  19. The Story of the Gem-Hunting 
  20. The Sacrifice for a Stanza 
  21. Buddhist View of War 
  22. At the Battle of Nan-Shan Hill 
  23. A Memorial Address for Those Who Died in the Russo-Japanese War

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Soyen Shaku




5 hrs and 29 mins

Narrated by

Denis Daly

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