The Training Of The Zen Buddhist Monkby Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, Zenchu Sato (Illustrator)
The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk invites us inside the
Best known as the man who brought Zen classics to the West, Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki sheds light on all phases of a monk's experience, from being initially refused admittance at the Zendo's door to the definitive understanding the meaning of one's koan as the final act of ordinance into Zen priesthood.
The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk invites us inside the mysterious world of the Zendo, where monks live their lives in monastic simplicity. Suzuki reveals the subtle intricacies of the initiation ceremony, a monk's duty to beg among the laity, and he explains the spiritual remuneration of prayer & meditation as well as a life of service to others.
Initially published in 1934, this exceptional hardcover edition contains handsome illustrations of diverse scenes from the life training of a Zen monk.
DAISETZ TEITARO SUZUKI (1870-1966) was Japanese author who wrote essays and books on topics such as Buddhism, Zen, and Shin. His books played a role in making the west more knowledgeable with Far Eastern philosophy. He taught at western schools as well as Japanese schools. He was also a translator of Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit.
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My extremely worn older copy of this book had reached the end of it's usable life so I set about to find another. I was pleased to be able to find a hardbound new copy at Barnes and Noble. This book is a very excellent account of the early training and mental discipline necessary to become a Buddhist Monk from an acknowledged expert in that pursuit. However it is necessary to have some basic understanding of Buddhism to understand some things. Overall you come away from having read this book with a greater appreciation of why these followers of this ancient spiritual practices and beliefs, are ranked amongst the more peaceful and compassionate religions in this violent world. Makes one wonder what went wrong with both Christianity and Islam because unlike Buddhism what is taught is not practiced. Takes its place right along with my other religious works in my library.
Very structured text book on the initiation and life of a Zen monk. Not very interseting and just straight facts. short and not involved.