What we talk about when we talk about religious experiences

Photo: William James, By Notman Studios (photographer) - [1]MS Am 1092 (1185), Series II, 23, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Public Domain, Link Lately, as part of my book project on modern Zen autobiographies, I've been reading up on the notion of "religious experience." The 20th-century Zen Buddhist authors I'm interested in talk about experiences a…Read more What we talk about when we talk about religious experiences

Thoughts on Peter Haskel’s “Sword of Zen: Master Takuan and His Writings on Immovable Wisdom and the Sword Taie”

Peter Haskel's study of the Zen monk Takuan Sōhō (CE 1573–1645) provides a nuanced, in-depth analysis of a topic that is all-too often dominated by nonsense. As a professor of medieval Chinese history told me recently, despite the enthusiasm of undergraduate and graduate students to investigate the connection between Zen and the martial arts, until…Read more Thoughts on Peter Haskel’s “Sword of Zen: Master Takuan and His Writings on Immovable Wisdom and the Sword Taie”