An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

by D. T. Suzuki


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ISBN-13: 9781388205768
Publisher: Blurb
Publication date: 10/10/2018
Pages: 54
Sales rank: 1,229,092
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)

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An Introduction to Zen Buddhism 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
all4metals on LibraryThing 24 days ago
A very introductory book on Zen Buddism. I found it very useful in understanding this philosophy.
Rodo on LibraryThing 24 days ago
If you are expecting a logical explanation of Zen Buddhism in this book you will be sorely disappointed. Suzuki doesn't even attempt to do that (nor should he, in my opinion). Zen does not make sense at all if you approach it that way.This book is a classic, but I don't recommend reading it as the first book on Zen (Herrigel's approach would probably be more useful for the Western readers), nor do I think it should be read as the last book. It is, after all, an introduction and doesn't try to be more than that.
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