Interview with Eric about Suzuki and his SFZC history
a snippet in Brief Memories of Shunryu Suzuki
Eric Arnow has his own web site now, the Bumble Buddhist
which contains all his old emails from Asia
posted through the years here in the Comments section of cuke.
12-24-11 - Eric Arnow on Six Months in China in six parts. Here's part one which will lead to the rest.
Here are two photos of temples that Eric sent in April, 2010
click thumbnails to enlarge
1-29-12 - Language Imperialism, Concepts and Civilization: China versus The West - By Dr. Thorsten Pattberg
Sent by Eric Arnow with a copy of his letter to the professor:
Dear Professor Pattberg,
I majored in German literature and both Goethe and Nietzsche were influences on me to study Zen, or Chan, way back in 1971. In 2007, I finally decided to visit China, and found great affinity with Chinese people and culture.
There is something about Asian people in general and Chinese in particular, their feeling of gentility, politeness, and subtle intelligence that I don't find in Westerners, generally speaking. The Guqin, in particular communicates this.
There seems to be affinity with Chinese and myself. One artist said that maybe it was my meditation practice, but this artist said I felt to him Chinese. I consider this a great compliment.
I feel kind of stupid, a barbarian around them, and am grateful for the kindness they show me as a stranger. One of my Chinese friends told me that as a child in school, her teacher told her that they should always be kind to foreigners. Given what damage foreigners did to China (think Opium Wars), it is amazing that they have this attitude. Laotians and Vietnamese are far more forgiving of Americans, despite what we did to their countries, than we Westerners deserve. On the other hand, I meet Christian missionaries and am angered and embarrassed by their arrogance and ignorance.
So thanks for your article.
"May all being beings enter Nirvana, the realm of Nirvana that leaves nothing behind, and yet, when all beings have been led to Nirvana, no being at all has been led to Nirvana. And why? If a Bodhisattva has an idea of a being, he could not be a Bodhisattva." (Diamond Sutra, Jin Gan Jing, first mass produced book published 700 years before Gutenberg Bible.)
PS To my Chinese and Western friends, here is this interesting article:
A well known and sagely Buddhist writer who wishes to remain anonymous says about this article
Bill Porter says:
Anonymous wrote this about Bill Porter's comment:
contact DC at <firstname.lastname@example.org>