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Zen and Japanese Culture By Daisetz T. Suzuki

Zen and Japanese Culture

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Describes the author's conception of Zen and its historical evolution. This title connects Zen to the philosophy of the samurai, and portrays the relationship between Zen and swordsmanship, haiku, tea ceremonies, and the Japanese love of nature. It is suitable for those wishing to understand the concept of Zen in the context of Japanese life.
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Zen and Japanese Culture by Daisetz T. Suzuki

Zen and Japanese Culture is one of the twentieth century's leading works on Zen, and a valuable source for those wishing to understand its concepts in the context of Japanese life and art. In simple, often poetic, language, Daisetz Suzuki describes his conception of Zen and its historical evolution. He connects Zen to the philosophy of the samurai, and subtly portrays the relationship between Zen and swordsmanship, haiku, tea ceremonies, and the Japanese love of nature. Suzuki's contemplative work is enhanced by anecdotes, poetry, and illustrations showing silk screens, calligraphy, and examples of architecture. Since its original publication in 1938, this important work has played a major role in shaping conceptions of Zen's influence on Japanese traditional arts. Richard Jaffe's introduction acquaints a new generation of readers with Suzuki's life and career in both Japan and America. Jaffe discusses how Zen and Japanese Culture was received upon its first publication and analyzes the book in light of contemporary criticism, especially by scholars of Japanese Buddhism.

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Praise for Princeton's previous editions: "As one turns the pages of this delightful book, one seems to catch intimations of how and why certain aspects of the "spirit of Zen' are making themselves felt in America today."--The New York Times Praise for Princeton's previous editions: "[In] Dr. Suzuki's beautiful book, ... the cults of tea, sword, archery, garden, painting, handwriting are shown as separate petals of that precious efflorescence which, in spite of history, madness and the disturbed surface of the tangible world, are celebrated today, inside and outside of many golden pavilions."--Lincoln Kirstein, The Nation

About Daisetz T. Suzuki


Daisetz T. Suzuki (1870-1966) was Japan's foremost authority on Zen Buddhism and the author of more than one hundred books on the subject.

Table of Contents


Introduction to the 2010 Edition vii Preface xxix List of Plates xxxi Chronology xliv I What is Zen? 1 II General Remarks on Japanese Art Culture 19 IIIZen and the Study of Confucianism 39 IV Zen and the Samurai 59 V Zen and Swordsmanship I 87 VI Zen and Swordsmanship II 137 VII Zen and Haiku 215 VIII Zen and the Art of Tea I 269 IX Zen and the Art of Tea II 291 X Rikyu and Other Teamen 315 XI Love of Nature 329 Appendices 397 I Two Mnodo from the "Hekigan-shu 399 II The Vimalakirti Sutra 410 III "Yama-uba," a No Play IV The Swordsman and the Cat 428 V Chuang-tzu 436 Bibliography 443 Index 449

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CIN000118205
Zen and Japanese Culture by Daisetz T. Suzuki
Daisetz T. Suzuki
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Princeton University Press
2010-10-03
608
0691144621
9780691144627
N/A
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