An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism


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An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki

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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ISBN-13: 9780802130556
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/13/1994
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 130,998
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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An Introduction to Zen Buddhism 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 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.
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