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Soyen Shaku

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The Venerable Soyen Shaku was a Rinzai Zen Buddhist master and among the earliest Buddhist monks to teach in the United States. When addressing English-speaking audiences, he relied on the translation skills of his student Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, who would later become a respected scholar of Buddhism in the West. A Buddhist delegate to the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions, Soyen's presentation reviewed the role of cause and effect in the teachings of Buddhism.