Kazuaki Tanahashi

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Kazuaki Tanahashi
Kaz Tanahashi Sensei.jpg
Religion Zen Buddhism
Other names Kaz
Nationality Japanese
Born c. 1933
Senior posting
Title Sensei
Religious career
Website www.brushmind.net/

Kazuaki Tanahashi (棚橋一晃, c. 1933) is an accomplished Japanese calligrapher, Zen teacher, author and translator of Buddhist texts from Japanese and Chinese to English, most notably works by Dogen (he began his translation of Shobogenzo in his twenties). He first met Shunryu Suzuki in 1964, and upon reading Suzuki's book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind he stated, "I could see it's Shobogenzo in a very plain, simple language."[1] He has helped notable Zen teachers author books on Zen Buddhism, such as John Daido Loori. A fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science—Tanahashi is also an environmentalist and peaceworker.[2][3]




  1. ^ Chadwick, David. "Interview with Kazuaki Tanahashi". cuke.com. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  2. ^ Mcleod, Melvin (2006). Mindful Politics: A Buddhist Guide to Making the World a Better Place. Wisdom Publications. p. 307. ISBN 0-86171-298-6. 
  3. ^ Chang, Larry (2006). Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing. Gnosophia Publishers. p. 439. ISBN 0-9773391-0-6.