R.I.P. Robert Aitken Roshi

[Note: Friends of Justice is a personal blog. I speak only for myself.]

Dear Friend of Justice,

This morning I received the sad news that Robert Aitken, an eminent Buddhist teacher and scholar, had died at the age of 93.


Roshi was a true friend of justice, as is his son, Tom. They contacted me many years ago after learning about the case of Bernard Baran from Katha Pollitt’s first column in The Nation. Both contributed financially to Baran’s cause and spread the word about this great injustice. Roshi also regularly corresponded with Baran while he was still behind bars.

Roshi also sent Baran many of his wonderful books. Some were passed on to me and I treasure them.

-Bob Chatelle