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Manual of Zen Buddhism

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Here are the famous sutras, or sermons, of the Buddha, the gathas, or hymns, the intriguing philosophical puzzles known as koan, and the dharanis, or invocations to expel evil spirits. Included also are the recorded conversations of the great Buddhist monks—intimate dialogues on the subjects of momentous importance. In addition to the written selections, all of them ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 13th 1994 by Grove Press (first published November 30th 1934)
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Jul 15, 2008 Graham added it
Approaching the Masters with humility and respect.: MANUAL OF ZEN BUDDHISM by D. T. Suzuki. 192 pp. London : Rider and Company, 1974 (1950) and Reprinted.

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki was no ordinary man. A Buddhist scholar, and proficient not only in Chinese and Japanese, but also in Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, English, and other languages, after attaining his Enlightenment at the age of twenty-seven he imposed upon himself an extremely difficult task - that of bringing a knowledge of Zen Buddhism to the

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Sep 12, 2016 Denis Materna rated it it was amazing
This book is a treasure. It contains translations of the Diamond Sutra and the story of the Ten Oxherding Pictures. I got interested in Zen through the recordings of Alan Watts. But when I actually got reading the primary material I began to truly understand it and put it into practice in real life.

"From the very beginning, pure and immaculate, the man has never been affected by defilement. He watches the growth of things, while himself abiding in the immovable serenity of nonassertion."

Being a
Oct 18, 2015 Edward rated it it was amazing
The companion volume to Suzuki's Introduction to Zen Buddhism, this is mostly of collection of source materials and quotations from great Zen masters like Dogen or Hakuin. For this reason it's better to read the other book first if you can, although there are still some notes and explanatory sections here.

"There is really nothing to argue about in this teaching;

Any arguing is sure to go against the intent of it;

Doctrines given up to confusion and argumentation

Lead by themselves to birth and dea
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Jun 03, 2010 Joe Green rated it really liked it
I felt this book started off rather slowly with the Indian Sutras and whatnot. They were a little to imaginative and difficult for me to digest. However, once it got into the Ch'an masters, it became quite a boost to the soul. Some of the art and explanations on Japanese Zen, later in the book, were highly interesting, as well.
May 31, 2009 Jenna rated it did not like it
TORTURE! I don't think religion should be so abstract and mystical. Good grief this was hard to understand. I've known wonderful Buddhists in my life, but this manual? Not accessible for me. I think religion should be accessible.
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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 ...more
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