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Zen and Japanese Culture
     

Zen and Japanese Culture

by Daisetz T. Suzuki
 

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ISBN-10: 0691098492

ISBN-13: 9780691098494

Pub. Date: 04/21/1959

Publisher: Princeton University Press

One of this century's leading works on Zen, this book is 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 what Zen is, how it evolved, and how its emphasis on primitive simplicity and self-effacement have helped to shape an aesthetics found throughout

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One of this century's leading works on Zen, this book is 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 what Zen is, how it evolved, and how its emphasis on primitive simplicity and self-effacement have helped to shape an aesthetics found throughout Japanese culture. He explores the surprising role of Zen in 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 discussion is enhanced by anecdotes, poetry, and illustrations showing silk screens, calligraphy, and examples of architecture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691098494
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/21/1959
Series:
Bollingen Series (General) Series
Pages:
480

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Plates
Chronology
IWhat Is Zen?1
IIGeneral Remarks on Japanese Art Culture19
IIIZen and the Study of Confucianism39
IVZen and the Samurai59
VZen and Swordsmanship I87
VIZen and Swordsmanship II137
VIIZen and Haiku215
VIIIZen and the Art of Tea I269
IXZen and the Art of Tea II291
XRikyu and Other Teamen315
XILove of Nature329
Appendices397
ITwo Mondo from the "Hekigan-shu"399
IIThe Vimalakirti Sutra410
III"Yama-uba," a No Play419
IVThe Swordsman and the Cat428
VChuang-tzu436
Bibliography443
Index449

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