The Buddha Eye

An Anthology of the Kyoto School

Frederick Franck, ed.

New York: Crossroad, 1982. Reprinted: Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2004..

The Buddha Eye is an anthology of seventeen important writings related to the Kyoto School of philosophy, including essays by Nishitani Keiji, Abe Masao, Ueda Shizuteru, Hisamatsu Shin’ichi, Takeuchi Yoshinori, and D. T. Suzuki. Contributions by other modern Buddhist thinkers, such as Kiyozawa Manshi and Soga Ryõjin, add further scope to the collection. The articles touch upon a wide variety of topics, including the nature of the self, the Buddhist concept of reality, the notion of emptiness, and the teachings of Shin Buddhism. The arrangement of the materials as well as the author’s ample prologue and helpful prefaces to each of the selections not only clarify the material presented but also serve as a basic introduction to this lively current of contemporary Buddhist thought.

With the appearance of The Buddha Eye…a new era in Buddhist thought has been launched.

Taitetsu Unno

Frederick Franck has done us all a wonderful service in culling the pages of The Eastern Buddhist for these gem-like essays by the profound thinkers of the Kyoto School..

Robert A. F. Thurman