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December 27, 1971

Zen Diets vs Buddhism

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Zen Center Rochester, NY

JAMA. 1971;218(13):1946. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190260060029

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To the Editor.—  Several members of our Center have called to my attention the article, "Zen Macrobiotic Diets," in The Journal, and to pickup of it in a number of newspapers.I have not only written about the dangers and errors of this diet, but have spoken out against it on colleges and university campuses where I have conducted seminar-workshops on Zen Buddhism. Naturally, I have taken great pains to point out that the Zen macrobiotic diet has no connection with Zen Buddhism.Perhaps you are unaware of this distinction and for that reason do not mention it, but you can appreciate the harm done to Zen Buddhism by such captions as "Zen Diet Called Health Threat" which appeared in many newspapers. Inevitably the "Zen" of the marcobiotic diet is assumed to be the "Zen" of Buddhism.You would win the gratitude of our own Zen community (which numbers over