This is an edited and stylized re-publish of an article which I'm now making available for free to everyone. If you haven't heard of the Kyoto School before, this paper provides an accessible introduction to their Zen-influenced philosophy by putting it in conversation with Martin Heidegger's existentialism. Nishitani studied with Heidegger at Freiburg during the 1930's, so putting their work into dialogue holds strong historical grounding and interesting theoretical possibilities. Ultimately, I use this encounter as an opportunity to explore the different orientations which Christianity and Buddhism take towards human beings, especially regarding the question of what sort of problem a human being poses. Is consciousness the problem, or only a certain mode of consciousness? I hope you enjoy this gift from me to you! If you have questions or want to interact, feel free to follow me on Twitter (@notstanlee) or tweet at me directly. P.S. When you download this free gift, I add you to my email newsletter Samsara Diagnostics. If my writing doesn't turn out to interest you, there are no hard feelings if you unsubscribe.