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This work shows how the Mahayanistic views of life and the world differs markedly from that of the Theravada, which is generally taken as Buddhism by occidentals, to explain how the religion of Buddha has adapted itself to its environment in the Far East. For this purpose, out of thirteen Japanese sects, the Zen sect has been singled out, not only because of the great influence it has exercised on the nation, but also because of the unique position it holds among the established religious systems of the world.
As regards Japan, it was first introduced into the island as the faith for the Samurai or the military class, and molded the characters of many distinguished soldiers and statesmen.
|Ch. I||History of Zen in China||1|
|Ch. II||History of Zen in Japan||28|
|Ch. III||The universe is the scripture of Zen||52|
|Ch. IV||Buddha, the universal spirit||75|
|Ch. V||The nature of man||98|
|Ch. VIII||The training of the mind and the practice of meditation||178|
|App||Origin of man|