|English Phonetics||Masao Abe|
|Place of birth:||Osaka, Japan|
Tibetan calendar dates
- Primary Affiliation (Workplace)
- University of Hawaii
- Secondary Affiliation
- Claremont Graduate School; Nara University; Kyoto Women's College; Otani University
- Kyoto University
Masao Abe is a leading Buddhist thinker who has spent many years furthering the work begun by D. T. Suzuki. He received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University after postgraduate studies at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary. Abe has been a visiting professor at several major universities in the United States and has traveled widely in Europe and Asia as well. Author of Zen and Western Thought, he has also contributed to the Macmillan Library of Philosophy and Religion series. (Source Accessed Nov 22, 2019)
- Zen and Western Thought (London: Macmillan; Univ. of Hawaii 1985), edited by William R. LaFleur, with foreword by John Hick.
- A Study of Dōgen: His Philosophy and Religion (SUNY 1992), edited by Steven Heine.
- Buddhism and Interfaith Dialogue (Univ. of Hawaii 1995), edited by Steven Heine
- Zen and Comparative Studies (Univ. of Hawaii 1997), edited by Steven Heine
- Zen and the Modern World (Univ. of Hawaii 2003), edited by Steven Heine.
- "Buddhism," in Our Religions. The Seven World Religions Introduced by Preeminent Scholars from Each Tradition, edited by Arvind Sharma (HarperOne 1994).
- Wiki Pages
- Person description or short bio
Expand to see this person's philosophical positions on Buddha-nature.
|Is Buddha-nature considered definitive or provisional?|
|All beings have Buddha-nature|
|If "Qualified", explain:|
|Which Wheel Turning|
|Yogācāra vs Madhyamaka|
|Zhentong vs Rangtong|
|Promotes how many vehicles?|
|Analytic vs Meditative Tradition|
|What is Buddha-nature?|
|Svātantrika (རང་རྒྱུད་) vs Prāsaṅgika (ཐལ་འགྱུར་པ་)|
|Causal nature of the vajrapāda|
Masao Abe 阿部 正雄 1915 – September 10, 2006
Masao Abe was a Japanese academic in comparative religion (concluding as emeritus professor at Nara University), and a Buddhist philosopher. His mature views were developed within the Kyoto School of philosophy founded by Kitaro Nishida. Hence his interest in, and ability to compare and contrast, Buddhism and Christianity. "Since the death of D. T. Suzuki in 1966, Masao Abe has served as the main representative of Zen Buddhism in Europe and North America."
- While Masao may in fact be his last name, the library of congress and almost all other print media treats Abe as the last name, so we follow this convention here on the DRL.
- Fredericks, James. "In Memoriam: Masao Abe (1915-2006).", in Buddhist-Christian Studies (Univ.of Hawaii 2007) Issue 27, at 139-140. Accessed on August 24, 2007.
- Christopher Ives, "Introduction" at xiii-xix, xiii, in The Emptying God. A Buddhist-Jewish-Christian Conversation (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books 1990), edited by John B. Cobb, Jr. and Christopher Ives.
- "Masao Abe has been the leading philosophical exponent of Zen to the West since the death of D. T. Suzuki." John Hick, in his "Forward" at ix, to Masao Abe, Zen and Western Thought (Univ.of Hawaii 1975), edited by William R. LaFleur.