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An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

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One of the world’s leading authorities on Zen Buddhism, D. T. Suzuki was the author of more than a hundred works on the subject in both Japanese and English, and was most instrumental in bringing the teachings of Zen Buddhism to the attention of the Western world. Written in a lively, accessible, and straightforward manner, An Introduction to Zen Buddhism is illuminating for the serious student and layperson alike. Suzuki provides a complete vision of Zen, which emphasizes self-understanding and enlightenment ...
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Overview


One of the world’s leading authorities on Zen Buddhism, D. T. Suzuki was the author of more than a hundred works on the subject in both Japanese and English, and was most instrumental in bringing the teachings of Zen Buddhism to the attention of the Western world. Written in a lively, accessible, and straightforward manner, An Introduction to Zen Buddhism is illuminating for the serious student and layperson alike. Suzuki provides a complete vision of Zen, which emphasizes self-understanding and enlightenment through many systems of philosophy, psychology, and ethics. With a foreword by the renowned psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung, this volume has been generally acknowledged a classic introduction to the subject for many years. It provides, along with Suzuki’s Essays and Manual of Zen Buddhism, a framework for living a balanced and fulfilled existence through Zen.
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“D.T. Suzuki’s works on Zen Buddhism are among the best contributions to the knowledge of living Buddhism that recent decades have produced . . . We cannot be sufficiently grateful to the author.”—Carl Jung, in his foreword to the book
Booknews
This reprint of the Black Cat edition (1964) makes Suzuki's important text available on alkaline paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Tricycle Magazine
No shelf is complete without at least one Suzuki volume, and this one contains everything from the history of Zen to mind-bending theory to everyday practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802130556
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/13/1994
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 199,124
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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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.

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