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No other figure in history has played a bigger part in opening the West to Buddhism than the eminent Zen author, D.T. Suzuki, and in this reissue of his best work readers are given the very heart of Zen teaching. "Zen Buddhism," which sold more than 125,000 as an Anchor paperback after its publication in 1956, includes a basic historical background as well as a thorough ov ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Harmony
(first published June 1956)
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Mar 27, 2012 Erik Graff rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zen fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
I believe I read this while taking Harold Kasimow's Major Eastern Religions course while at Grinnell College. The writings of D.T. Suzuki (which this collection surveys) were of considerable influence in my understanding of Zen Buddhism and led to my belief that if I had to subscribe to a recognized "religion" it would be Zen.
This book showed me that Zen is just as full of dogma and superstition and nonsense as any other religion. Thanks a lot. I think Zen has come a long way since ole Suzuki in making itself accessible to the West. It's maybe a little alarming to see how little Western Buddhism has in common with this articulation of its Eastern roots, but whatever is in this book is completely useless to me.
Nov 05, 2009 Micah rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This is a really excellent, if perhaps dated, view of Zen Buddhism written in a way that is accessible to university-educated Westerners. I thought the content of this book was exceptional, and would have given it five stars, except that I thought that the writing style was a bit too dense for most readers. A part of this is simply due to the nuanced nature of the subject matter, but I feel the author could have done better in making his ideas accessible. Overall, though, I would strongly recomm ...more
An Excellent Selection from an Excellent Writer: This was the first book I ever read on Zen, and it remains, in my mind, one of the best. D.T Suzuki is thorough and imaginative, linking the principles of Zen to the culture and history of Japan, as well as to Western philosophy. Suzuki has a well-deserved reputation as the 20th century's foremost authority on Japanese Zen. While perhaps more of a scholar's book than a practitioner's book, this selection of essays from Suzuki's Zen and Japanese Cu ...more
If our zin-zang symbol is pristine, in solitary blacks and whites, then Suzuki is all greyed over. This writing is a colloquial handshake: DT Suzuki welcoming the reader, then constructing the thatched roof of Zen Buddhism above your head as you pass through its pages. Suzuki's construct is a bit 'leaky', denying the colder corners of Zen Buddhist theory in favor of a kinder portrait of its ways. It's a lovely book for the novice, but it's not quite on-point.
Nov 10, 2014 Tim Weakley rated it liked it · review of another edition
Not for the beginner, nor the conceptually timid. Suzuki makes you think on your feet, and shake your head in confusion. I lost track of the number of times I had to go back and read a passage over again. A workout but a lot of gems inside.
Suzuki is probably one of the best authors who rights on Zen Buddhism. Great analysis and explanation. He does a good job but it doesn't really help to understand Zen. Maybe because the only way to understand it is to experience it. Still the book is very useful.
Daisetsu (also written Daisetz) Teitaro Suzuki (鈴木大拙) was a Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin (and Far Eastern philosophy in general) to the West. Suzuki was also a prolific translator of Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit literature. Suzuki spent several lengthy stretches teaching or lecturing at Western un ...moreMore about D.T. Suzuki...