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An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    Not quite as positive

    We studied this book in my religious mysticism class, and there were absolutely no dispassionate reactions to this text. (i.e. either ya love it, or ya hate it). I felt that Suzuki's work contradicted itself quite alot, and that he is a bit too ethnocentric- he seems to Zen as the most advanced form of Buddhism and sees and other forms of Buddhism (as well as Hinduism) as "primitive." I come away from this book feeling only frustration, and a sense that if Zen is so perfectly simple, trying to explain it in the written medium is utterly useless in progression in achieving satori, or even a closer perception of what Zen truly is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2000

    A Classic Begining

    With an introduction from Dr. Jung, a small text in itself. To Suzuki's brilliant text. It is my understanding that this introduction by Dr. Jung is consider a classic for Zen in general. Suzuki does write this text for the beginner. Explains the oriental mind, along with the proncipals of Zen. In such a way, that we of western thought actually have a chance to relate to what is required in our quest to understand Zen Buddhism. This book is for the lay-person and the philosophy major. This book provides a very complete outline of Zen.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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