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Robert Baker Aitken

Zen teacher, political activist

Died when: 93 years 47 days (1117 months)
Star Sign: Gemini


Robert Baker Aitken

Robert Baker Dairyu Chotan Aitken Roshi (June 19, 1917 – August 5, 2010) was a Zen teacher in the Harada-Yasutani lineage.He co-founded the Honolulu Diamond Sangha in 1959together with his wife, Anne Hopkins Aitken.

Aitken received Dharma transmission from Koun Yamada in 1985 but decided to live as a layperson.He was a socialist advocating social justice for gays, women and Native Hawaiians throughout his life, and was one of the original founders of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

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