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Zen and Japanese Cultureis one of the twentieth century's leading works on Zen, and 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 his conception of Zen and its historical evolution. He connects Zen to 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 work is enhanced by anecdotes, poetry, and illustrations showing silk screens, calligraphy, and examples of architecture.Since its original publication in 1938, this important work has played a major role in shaping conceptions of Zen's influence on Japanese traditional arts. Richard Jaffe's introduction acquaints a new generation of readers with Suzuki's life and career in both Japan and America. Jaffe discusses howZen and Japanese Culturewas received upon its first publication and analyzes the book in light of contemporary criticism, especially by scholars of Japanese Buddhism.
Daisetz T. Suzuki (1870-1966) was Japan's foremost authority on Zen Buddhism and the author of more than one hundred books on the subject.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the 2010 Edition
List of Plates
What Is Zen?
General Remarks on Japanese Art Culture
Zen and the Study of Confucianism
Zen and the Samurai
Zen and Swordsmanship I
Zen and Swordsmanship II
Zen and Haiku
Zen and the Art of Tea I
Zen and the Art of Tea II
Rikyu and Other Teamen
Love of Nature
Two Mondo from the "Hekigan-shu"
The Vimalakirti Sutra
"Yama-uba," a No Play
The Swordsman and the Cat
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